Kingman (GB), who continued his excellent start at stud with his first 3-year-olds this year, will have his fee doubled to £150,000 in 2020. Kingman leads the second crop sire standings by year-to-date black-type winners (15), black-type horses, group horses and winners. His headline acts in 2019 included G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains winner Persian King (GB), his 2018 G2 Coventry S. winner Calyx (GB), who won this year’s G3 Pavilion S.; dual French Group 2 winner Headman (GB) and G3 Hampton Court S. winner Sangarius (GB).
“Kingman has had an outstanding start, with a Classic winner from his first crop as well as Group 2 winners Calyx and Headman, [G3] Musidora S. winner Nausha (GB) and Hampton Court S. winner Sangarius,” said Juddmonte’s UK Stud Director Simon Mockridge. “In 2019 the only sire in Europe to have had more 3-year-old stakes winners than Kingman was Galileo. Kingman has had four stakes winners from his second crop, including [G3] Prestige S. winner Boomer, and his third crop proved incredibly popular at the yearling sales. Kingman averaged £317,933 for 59 sold, including colts sold for 2.3- million gns and 1.8-million gns at Tattersalls Book 1.”
Frankel (GB) remains at £175,000 in 2020 after similarly backing up a strong start at stud.
“Frankel offers breeders the greatest chance of producing a group winner of any other sire in the Northern Hemisphere, with a phenomenal 14% group winners to runners and 28% black-type performers to runners,” said Mockridge. “He is second only to his own sire Galileo in terms of group winners from crops foaled between 2014 and 2017, and is Galileo’s most successful son despite only having four crops of racing age. He sired five Group 1 winners in 2019, including two British Classic winners in Anapurna and track-record breaking Logician. Frankel reached his 10th Group 1 winner overall when 2-year-old Quadrilateral won the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket, and she’s currently favourite for next year’s Classics. At the sales, his yearlings averaged £436,160 for 37 sold, including his highest- ever priced yearling with a colt sold for 3.1-million guineas to Godolphin.”
Bated Breath (GB) is up to a career-high £12,500 after a year in which he sired three Royal Ascot winners and Group 2 winners Space Traveller (GB), Worth Waiting (GB) and Daahyeh (GB). Oasis Dream (GB) is at £25,000, while GI Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Expert Eye (GB) is at £17,500 for his second season.
“We await with excitement the first foals by Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Expert Eye,” said Mockridge. “This son of sire-of-sires Acclamation covered a full book of mares in 2019, including 30 stakes winners and 73 black-type performers/producers. Ninety-seven percent of his book were stakes performers, producers or siblings/daughters of stakes performers. As well as being a Group 1 winner at three, Expert Eye was a brilliant, Group-2 winning 2-year-old, described by his trainer Sir Michael Stoute as ‘naturally precocious, very well-balanced, well-developed and mature. You would say that he’s the best 2-year-old that I have had for quite a while.’ He has impressed breeders with his good looks and athletic walk, and as a fourth generation homebred, we fully expect him to be the latest stallion success story produced by Juddmonte.”