Cross-channel double for first-season sire Kingman on Friday
Dezba and Sangarius score the Juddmonte stallion
Two winners from three runners was the record of Banstead Manor Stud's keenly anticipated first-season sire Kingman on Friday.
The Markus Nigge-trained filly Dezba initiated the double when, on her second start, she took a 6½f conditions race on the Deauville polytrack by five lengths.
She was bred by Ecurie des Charmes and Skymarc Farm and is the sixth foal out of Vedela, an unraced daughter of Selkirk and Prix Saint-Alary winner Vadawina, making the dam a half-sister to stakes scorers The Pentagon, Vadamar and Vedouma.
Nigge bought Dezba for just €35,000 at last year's Arqana October Yearling Sale.
Kingman's second new winner on Friday was Sangarius, who scored on debut for Sir Michael Stoute in a 7f Newmarket novice stakes by a neck from Bangkok (by fellow freshman Australia), with the pair pulling six lengths clear of third-placed Four Mile Bridge.
Sangarius is, like Kingman, a Juddmonte homebred. He is a three-parts brother to Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial third Emergent (by Kingman's close relation Oasis Dream) out of Trojan Queen, a winning daughter of Empire Maker and three-time Group/Grade 1 winner Banks Hill.
This is a Juddmonte family through and through, as Empire Maker was a homebred for Khalid Abdullah, and Banks Hill is out of the owner's late blue hen Hasili – dam of Group/Grade 1 winners Cacique, Champs Elysees, Heat Haze and Intercontinental as well as Banks Hill; not to mention Dansili, who did not quite get his head in front in elite company but developed into an outstanding sire.
The double takes Kingman to seven winners for the season, with his other early representatives including the impressive Coventry Stakes winner Calyx and decisive Listed stakes scorer Look Around.
The good run for Kingman – a son of Invincible Spirit who stood at £55,000 this year – could continue on Saturday as Look Around is declared for the Group 3 Prestige Stakes, as is her paternal half-sister Posted, who has finished second on both her starts.
Another good chance of a new winner comes from the Richard Hannon-trained colt Riviera Nights, a close third at Leicester on debut this month, who contends the 6f novice stakes at Newmarket.