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Kingman’s Dam Zenda Dies


Zenda pictured with daughter Present Tense | Juddmonte

Zenda (GB) (Zamindar-Hope {Ire}, by Dancing Brave), winner of the G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches and now best known as the dam of Classic winner and superstar young sire Kingman (GB), has died aged 20 following a prolonged bout of laminitis.

Bred by Khalid Abdullah and trained, like all of her progeny, by John Gosden, Zenda won the Pouliches in her fourth start and would go on to pick up seconds in the G1 Coronation S. at Royal Ascot and the GI Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland.

Zenda, a half-sister to Oasis Dream (GB), remarkably became the first Juddmonte homebred Classic-winning filly to produce a Classic winner when Kingman won the 2014 G1 Irish 2000 Guineas, his first of four straight Group 1 wins over a mile that year that would end in him being named Cartier 3-year-old colt and Horse of the Year. Kingman has already produced a Classic winner in his first crop, with Persian King (Ire) taking last weekend’s G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains. The family was also in the news this week when Zenda’s daughter Pleasantry (GB) (Johannesburg) supplied Repartee (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}), a debut winner and new ‘TDN Rising Star’ at York on Thursday. Zenda herself was also the dam of York winner First Eleven (GB) (Frankel {GB}), a 4-year-old in training with Gosden, on Wednesday.

Zenda has also left the G3 Tercentenary winner Remote (GB) (Dansili {GB}), a 3-year-old colt called Delphian (GB) (Frankel {GB}), a 2-year-old Dubawi (Ire) colt named Sunray Major (GB), and a yearling colt by Frankel. Juddmonte has three daughters of Zenda in its broodmare band: Multilingual (GB) (Dansili {GB}), Panzanella (GB) (Dansili {GB}) and Present Tense (GB) (Bated Breath {GB}).

Juddmonte’s Stud Director in the UK, Simon Mockridge, said, “She was a very special mare, kind and a delight to be around– she will be greatly missed by all the team at Juddmonte.”

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