By Simon Jackson.
Ace miler Kingman has been retired to stud after his return to racing was delayed due to a throat infection, connections revealed today.
Kingman, the winner of seven of his eight starts that include four Group 1s, was being aimed at the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Champions Day.
But trainer John Gosden was forced to rule out the Group 1 contest at Ascot on October 18 after the son of Invincible Spirit failed to recover in time.
His owner Khalid Abdullah’s racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe today (Monday) announced that the colt, whose wins this season included the Group 1 Irish 2000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes, would be retired to Banstead Manor Stud where he will stand alongside Frankel.
“Kingman is to be retired to Banstead Manor Stud for the 2015 stud season,” Grimthorpe said in a statement released to Press Association Sport.”
“The throat infection will still need ongoing treatment which will rule out the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and also the Breeders Cup.”
“The stud fee of the horse that has electrified European racing in 2014 will be announced by the stud when appropriate.”
Following the news of Kingman’s retirement, bookmaker Paddy Power has reopened the betting on the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes with Australia as their favourite.
Paddy Power said: “Kingman was a remarkable racehorse and his retirement leaves the door open for Australia to add an invaluable Group 1 victory over a mile as a three-year-old to his own illustrious CV.”