Look Around shows star quality to become Kingman's second stakes winner
George Strawbridge's homebred filly romps to Listed victory at Sandown
Exciting first-season sire Kingman posted his second stakes winner on Thursday when daughter Look Around made all the running to win the Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Star Stakes at Sandown by one and a quarter lengths.
Ajrar, a Richard Hannon-trained daughter of Nayef, got closest to the unchallenged winner, with Godolphin's Dandy Man filly La Pelosa – fifth in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes last time out – a short head back in third.
This was Look Around's third start, the Andrew Balding-trained filly having taken a Kempton novice stakes prior to her black-type breakthrough.
She joins impressive Coventry Stakes winner Calyx among Kingman's early stakes scorers, and is one of three winners overall for the sire along with the once-raced King Of Comedy, who made a striking debut for John Gosden at Sandown this month.
Kingman was always one of the most keenly anticipated freshman sires among the class of 2018, as he was an exceptional racecourse talent himself and has a premier league pedigree.
Trained by Gosden for owner-breeder Khalid Abdullah, he blitzed to victory in four Group 1 races in the summer of 2014 – the Irish 2,000 Guineas, St James's Palace Stakes, Sussex Stakes and Prix Jacques le Marois.
He was also high-class at two, when he was unbeaten in two starts including when landing the Solario Stakes by two lengths.
Kingman is by emerging sire of sires Invincible Spirit, also responsible for the likes of Charm Spirit, Lawman and I Am Invincible, and is a half-brother to Royal Ascot Group 3 winner Remote out of Classic heroine Zenda, herself a half-sister to champion juvenile and sprinter turned successful sire Oasis Dream.
Kingman stood at Banstead Manor Stud this season at a fee of £55,000.
Look Around has plenty to recommend her on the bottom half of the pedigree too.
She was bred by her owner George Strawbridge out of Magic America, who was a leading contender for the 1,000 Guineas in 2007 but suffered a career-ending injury on the gallops in the days leading up to the race.
It was easy to see why punters fancied the Criquette Head-Maarek-trained daughter of High Yield for the Newmarket Classic. She had finished placed in the Prix Robert Papin and Prix Morny and also won the Prix Miesque at two, and on the sole start of what should have been her Classic year she delivered a two-length triumph in the Listed Prix Imprudence.
The subsequent fractured fetlock meant that noted Classic trial was her last race and at the end of her three-year-old season she was bought by London Thoroughbred Services on behalf of Strawbridge for 625,000gns at Tattersalls.
Strawbridge got some fine bloodlines as well as racecourse performance for that money, as Magic America is a half-sister to Grade 3-placed Psychic Income out of Shoofha, a Bluebird sister to triple Group/Grade 3 winner Delilah from the family of Group/Grade 1 performers King's Drama, New Story and Rosinka.
Unfortunately Magic America had not quite lived up to expectations as a broodmare until the emergence of Look Around, despite some high-end matings.
Look Around is her third winner from five runners, and the only other one to achieve black type was the Group 3-placed Dansili mare Sara Lucille.
Understandably perhaps, Magic America was moved on at the Tattersalls December Sale of 2016, selling in foal to Zoffany to JR McDonald for 60,000gns.
The Zoffany colt being carried in-utero that day is available to buy from the Coulonces Sales draft at next month's Arqana August Yearling Sale.
Magic America's new owners must have been pleased with that foal, as she was sent to Zoffany again after delivering him, and she produced another colt by sire on May 4 this year.
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