It is a measure of Kingston Hill’s talent that he was officially rated the second-best European 2yo of 2013 and then became a leading classic performer at three. His 2yo rating of 120, which placed him ahead of No Nay Never, War Command, Karakontie and Australia, was based on an unbeaten record in three starts. He took the Gr.3 Autumn Stakes by two lengths and the Gr.1 Racing Post Trophy by four and a half.
At three he finished clear of the remainder when a fine second to Australia in the Derby and went on to win the St Leger and finish a very creditable fourth to Treve in the Arc.
Kingston Hill’s dam Audacieuse won the Gr.3 Prix de Flore, while his second dam Sarah Georgina was a six-furlong 2yo winner by the speedy Persian Bold. Sarah Georgina was also a half-sister to Danseuse du Soir, a first-rate performer at up to a mile with wins in the Prix Robert Papin, Poule d’Essai des Poulains and Prix de la Foret.
Kingston Hill has a pedigree which allows breeders plenty of options. This son of champion 2yo Mastercraftsman has no SADLER’S WELLS blood, no GREEN DESERT and his one line to DANEHILL will be back in the fourth generation of his foals’ pedigrees, which allows a second line.
Three of Mastercraftsman’s nine first-crop Group winners are out of mares from the SADLER’S WELLS line. ENTREPRENEUR sired the dam of The Grey Gatsby, IN THE WINGS the dam of Master Carpenter and SINGSPIEL the dam of Victoria Regina. Mastercraftsman also sired the Gr.2 winner Even Song from a SADLER’S WELLS mare. Kingston Hill’s grandsire Danehill Dancer enjoyed widespread success with SADLER’S WELLS line mares, including MONTJEU (the top-class filly Legatissimo) and IN THE WINGS (Gr.1 winner Ave). Kingston Hill is out of a mare by Rainbow Quest, whose grand-daughters produced two Gr.1 winners to MONTJEU, including Derby winner Authorized. This is therefore an attractive route with Kingston Hill. A HIGH CHAPARRAL mare produced the Prix Morny winner The Wow Signal to another grandson of Danehill Dancer.
The STORM CAT line could reinforce Kingston Hill’s juvenile ability. His sire Mastercraftsman has already sired the dual Gr.1 winner Amazing Maria from a daughter of TALE OF THE CAT, plus the Gr.3 winner Craftsman from a FOREST WILDCAT mare. Danehill Dancer sired the high-class Planteur from a GIANT’S CAUSEWAY mare. GIANT’S CAUSEWAY sired the 2,000 Guineas winner Footstepsinthesand from a mare by Kingston Hill’s broodmare sire Rainbow Quest. Mares by JOHANNESBURG, SCAT DADDY and SHAMARDAL offer speed. and precocity. Daughters of FOOTSTEPSINTHESAND create 3×4 to Rainbow Quest.
More LYPHARD blood is an option. Danehill Dancer sired the top miler Esoterique from a mare by DANCING BRAVE and one of his sons sired another top miler Olympic Glory from an ALZAO mare. Danehill Dancer’s smart son Jeremy had a second dam by ALZAO. LINAMIX mares have excellent records with Danehill Dancer and his son Choisir.
Kingston Hill’s male line has traditionally enjoyed plenty of success with SHARPEN UP. As this top stallion will be back in the fifth generation of Kingston Hill’s foals, there is plenty of scope for another line, via such as KRIS, DIESIS, SELKIRK, TREMPOLINO and COMMON GROUNDS. Another stallion with a dam by Rainbow Quest sired a Gr.1 2yo winner from a SELKIRK mare.
Kingston Hill’s sire already has a very useful French filly with a dam by KINGMAMBO and a top-class son with a KINGMAMBO second dam. Three of Mastercraftsman’s Group winners have dams by grandsons of MR PROSPECTOR, with one having a dam by MR GREELEY, a GONE WEST horse. ELUSIVE QUALITY, SPEIGHTSTOWN, ZAFONIC, ZAMINDAR, KING’S BEST and MEDICEAN are other grandsons of MR PROSPECTOR whose daughters could succeed with Kingston Hill. Another stallion out of a Rainbow Quest mare has two Gr.2 winners out of daughters of MACHIAVELLIAN.
His grandsire Danehill Dancer sired a classic winner from a mare by INDIAN RIDGE. Three of Danehill Dancer’s stallion sons have Group winners from this line, from daughters of INDIAN RIDGE, NAMID and COMPTON PLACE.
Mastercraftsman has a Gr.3 winner out of a CAERLEON mare. Danehill Dancer sired two of his classic winners, Speciosa and Again, from mares by a son and a grandson of NIJINSKY. Danehill Dancer had other Group winners out of mares by GREEN DANCER, CAERLEON (2) and ROYAL ACADEMY. A son of Danehill Dancer sired a Prix de l’Abbaye winner from a daughter of CAERLEON.
Footstepsinthesand, another stallion with a dam by Rainbow Quest, has an eye-catching record with daughters of DANEHILL, their five stakes winners equating to 13%. Danehill sired a Derby winner from a Rainbow Quest mare. Danehill mares create 4×2 inbreeding with Kingston Hill, but his grand-daughters produce an acceptable 4×3. This suggests daughters of DANSILI, DUKE OF MARMALADE, EXCEED AND EXCEL, FASTNET ROCK, HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR, KODIAC and ROCK OF GIBRALTAR.
His sire Mastercraftsman already has a Group-placed performer with a dam by OASIS DREAM. Kingston Hill is also an option for daughters of INVINCIBLE SPIRIT and CAPE CROSS.
Footstepsinthesand has a Gr.2 2yo winner with a dam by ROYAL APPLAUSE. Together with his son ACCLAMATION and grandson DARK ANGEL, this male line should reinforce Kingston Hill’s 2yo ability.
Several elements in Kingston Hill’s pedigree have worked well with daughters of SHIRLEY HEIGHTS, DARSHAAN and MARK OF ESTEEM.
UNBEATEN GR.1 WINNER AT 2
2ND TOP-RATED 2YO COLT IN EUROPE IN 2013
1stRacing Post Trophy-Gr.1, Doncaster, 8f., by 4½ lengths.
1stAutumn Stakes-Gr.3, Newmarket, 8f., by 2 lengths.
1stMaiden, Newbury, 7f., by 1½ lengths on debut.
ONE OF THE BEST OF HIS GENERATION AT 3
1stLeger Stakes-Gr.1, Doncaster, 14½f., by 1¼ lengths from Romsdal and Snow Sky.
2ndEpsom Derby-Gr.1, Epsom, 12f., beaten 1¼ lengths by Australia, in the fifth fastest running ever.
4thPrix de l’Arc de Triomphe-Gr.1, Longchamp, 12f., to Treve.
Rated 125 by Timeform