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Prix ​​Texanita (Gr3): Kingentleman, a first coronation in the sprint

Races / 16.05.2022

Chantilly, Monday




Esteemed subject within the stable of Pia & Joakim Brandt, Kingentleman (Kingman) has the physique of a really late colt. Quite tall, the student and representative of Guy Pariente had opened his prize list for his third race, in a maiden on the 1,600m course of the PSF of Chantilly, on January 15. Continuing a month later with a victory in a Class 1 over 1,300m, still at Chantilly, where he notably dominated Sicilian Defense (Muhaarar), Kingentleman had no choice but to knock on the doors of the black type races… Seventh in the Prix Montenica (L), he then finished sixth in the Prix Djebel and Sigy (Grs3) . Having to learn his trade like any newcomer to a discipline, Kingentleman finally waited for his second outing on the sprint to win his capital black type!

Quickly mounted at the forefront of the fight, Kingentleman thus evolved outside the great favorite of the event, Ebro River (Galileo Gold). Attacking the latter sharply 400m from the goal, he then showed himself tenacious to keep the advantage until the end. Kingentleman, according to tracking, signed five of the best six partials in the race. He went from 400m to 200m in 11”07 and posted a time of 11”74 in the 200m at the finish. Thwarted in his progress by Ebro River, who seemed on his way, Gift (Dabirsim) could not really express himself until 100m from the goal… He finally failed in second place, three quarters of the length from the winner. With a short head, Haziym (Lope de Vega) was tough to come and take third place.

Can be part of the elite on the sprint.

After the race, one of his coaches, Pia Brandt, said: “I knew my foal was going to become a good sprinter! Today, even if he benefited from a good race, the colt had everything going for him… Kingentleman has big resources but he is really late. It is an element of the future. Its last outings, average, are explained by the fact that it learned to run on the sprint. You don’t become a sprinter in a single outing. I think he now has the technique to be part of the elite in this niche. I am delighted for his breeder and co-owner, Guy Pariente! 1,200m is really his sport. Soon, we will discuss the rest of his program. Going abroad isn’t impossible now that he’s got his black guy. It is he who will tell us if he wants to run (laughs). »

The Gift, not really spoiled in the course…

The Gift revealed itself on the sand this winter. Fourth in the Prix Montenica (L), the representative of Madame Jacques Cygler remained on a good third place in the Prix Sigy (Gr3). Not having had all his ease in the Texanita, he nevertheless showed courage to come and get second place at the very end. Reached by telephone, his trainer, Henri-Alex Pantall, said: “The horse runs really well. He always repeats his races. He certainly didn’t benefit from the clearest possible course, which is a bit of a shame, but he was courageous and finished well. »

Mention very well for Haziym!

Supplemented to participate in the Prix Texanita, Haziym had just opened his list, for his second outing, in a maiden on the Fontainebleau straight. By managing to take third place with so little skill and against seasoned elements at the black type level, it is certainly a sign of quality. Back to the scales, Francis-Henri Graffard said about his resident: “He confirms what I thought of him. He is a horse with speed, which is interesting to follow. He traveled with the support of Christophe [Soumillon, ndlr] but he is really baby. He only ran twice. He has just won a maiden so he lacks a bit of skill against these horses. But he’s a nice horse. I’ll see how it fits. Then he will run a Listed over 1,200m. »

Ebro River, the disappointment

Installed big favorite of the Prix Texanita, Ebro River disappointed. No longer seen on our soil since his eighth place in the Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère (Gr1), he had just made an encouraging comeback against his elders at Newmarket, on April 13, in the Abernant Stakes (Gr3, 1,200m) . Fifth, the representative of Al Shaqab Racing promised to be the horse to beat. On Monday, he was still competing in his eleventh race… After the event, his trainer, Hugo Palmer, told Scott Burton of the Racing Post : “I’m racking my brains to find an explanation… The pitch seemed to suit him but he couldn’t win. It was funnier when he got used to crossing the track and winning. Today, he is going straight but he is beaten! You saw him before the race, he was gorgeous and Jamie [ James Peter Spencer, son jockey] was very happy with the way he moved, his attitude… Today my horse ran below his real level. The year is still long…

A brother of Restiany

Bred by his owner, Guy Pariente, Kingentleman is a son of the stallion of Juddmonte Kingman (Invincible Spirit) and the good sprinter restiadargent (Kendargent). Winner of three races including the Critérium de Maisons-Laffitte (Gr2) and the Prix d’Arenberg, this mare finished third in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Gr1, 1,200m), one neck behind the Australian champion Black Caviar (Bel Esprit) and Moonlight Cloud (Invincible Spirit). Kingentleman is the fifth product of Restiadargent and the third winner, after in particular Restiany (Frankel), winner of the St. Patrick’s Prize (L). The broodmare is also the 2 year old Steady Woman (Kingman), in training with Christopher Head, and the yearling Le Havre (Le Havre). In 2021, she was covered by persian king (Kingman).

The second mother, Restia (Montjeu), did not run. In addition to Restiadargent, she gave Restiana (Kendargent), winner of the Prix de Suresnes (L) and second in the Prix Fille de l’Air (Gr3). This is the strain of Resless Kara (Akarad), winner of the Prix de Diane (Gr1).

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Start at 1,000m: 13”58

From 1,000m to 600m: 22”88

From 600m to 400m: 11”23

From 400m to 200m: 11”12

From 200m to the finish: 11”77

Total time: 1’10”58


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