The Gr.1 Racing Post Trophy has proved an excellent stepping stone to classic success in recent years and Kingsbarns also looked destined for a great career when he dominated the Doncaster race in 2012. He had won his only previous start by 7 lengths. His Trophy victory earned him a prominent place in the betting for the 2,000 Guineas and the Derby and also earned him second place on the Two-Year-Old Rankings, ahead of such as Olympic Glory and Toronado.
Unfortunately a foot injury forced Kingsbarns to miss the classics but he once again showed plenty of class on his second start after his return, finishing third in the Gr.1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes over a mile, defeating the likes of Dawn Approach, Elusive Kate and Gordon Lord Byron.
Kingsbarns has the considerable appeal of being by six-time champion sire Galileo. Other sons of Galileo have already sired well over 20 Group winners and the latest to sire a Gr.1 winner is Rip Van Winkle, who had the Phoenix Stakes winner Dick Whittington among his first two-year-olds. Significantly, Kingsbarns comes from the same female line as Rip Van Winkle, as they both descend from the champion two-year-old filly Mesopotamia via her Be Friendly filly House Tie.
See GALILEO’s list of Group winners and RIP VAN WINKLE’s mating suggestions elsewhere on this website for advice on which lines will work best with Kingsbarns.
One of the top rated 2yo in Europe in 2012
Rated 120p by Timeform at 2 years: ahead of Olympic Glory (116), Gale Force Ten (115), Toronado (113p), Trading Leather (111) etc.
Returned from injury to be a Gr.1 miler as a 3yo