Drakenstein Stud’s young sire Kingsbarns is one of the highest rated 2yos (by Timeform) ever trained by leading trainer Aidan O’Brien.
Kingsbarns’ Timeform rating of 120 as a two-year-old places him above some truly outstanding performers.
Among them are :
Rock Of Gibraltar (Horse Of The Year) –Rated 118 at two
Footstepsinthesand (unbeaten 2000 Guineas winner) –Rated 114 at two
George Washington (2000 Guineas winner) –Rated 118 at two
Rip Van Winkle (triple G1 winner) –Rated 115 at two
Roderic O’Connor (Irish 2000 Guineas) –Rated 119 at two
Zoffany (leading sire) –Rated 116 at two
Camelot (2000 Guineas, Derby, Irish Derby) –Rated 117 at two
Australia (triple G1 winner) – Rated 116 at two
Unbeaten as a juvenile, Kingsbarns scored the biggest win of his career when victorious in the G1 Racing Post Trophy –a race won previously by such stars as Noblesse, Green Dancer, High Chaparral, St Nicholas Abbey, and Vaguely Noble –to name a few.
Kingsbarns accounted for some outstanding performers on the track, with those beaten by him including G1 2000 Guineas winner Dawn Approach, four time G1 winner Elusive Kate, G1 Prix de la Foret hero Gordon Lord Byron, G1 Prix du Moulin winner Maxios, and German 2000 Guineas winner Caspar Netscher.
One of over 50 G1 winners sired by the world’s dominant sire Galileo, Kingsbarns is from the same family as recently deceased legend Halling,a five time Group One winner who left behind over 50 stakes winners, including 2015 G1 Irish Derby winner Jack Hobbs.
His sire is already making a name for himself as a sire of sires, with the Galileo sons New Approach and Teofilo both proving successful, and the former Irish 2000 Guineas winner Roderic O’Connor looking very promising.
Galileo’s greatest son, unbeaten legend Frankel, will have his first runners this year and could well become the next Galileo horse to succeed at stud.