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Kingentleman posts a career high at Chantilly

The son of Kingman becomes a new Group winner for his sire as he takes the Gr.3 Prix Texanita at Chantilly as the 27-1 outsider.

By Sean Cronin, taken from Thoroughbred Daily News, 16th May 2022

Guy Pariente's homebred sophomore colt Kingentleman (GB) (Kingman {GB}–Restiadargent {Fr}, by Kendargent {Fr}) was off the board in all three prior starts at black-type level and lined up for Monday's Gr.3 Prix Texanita at Chantilly as the 27-1 outsider-of-eight coming back off a pair of sixths in last month's Gr.3 Prix Djebel and Gr.3 Prix Sigy. The eventual winner, successful twice at this venue earlier in the campaign, raced under firm grip behind the leaders early and tanked forward to stalk the pace in second after the initial exchanges. Nudged along passing the quarter-mile marker, he launched his challenge approaching the furlong pole and was ridden out in the closing stages to assert by 3/4-of-a-length from Prix Sigy third Le Cadeau (GB) (Dabirsim {Fr}) for a career high.

“He's a nice horse, but is still immature and has needed time to learn the job,” explained trainer Pia Brandt. “He has had to learn to run between horses and five-and-a-half [furlongs] was too sharp for him last time. He had already won over a mile, but in lesser company, and this trip–in this company–seems perfect for him. He is superbly bred and we hoped to earn some black type, so it's mission accomplished. We do very little with him in the mornings at home and he tells us when he is ready to go again. We shall discuss plans with the owner to see what will be next and this win has opened all manner of possibilities.”

Kingentleman, the fifth of six foals, is one of four winners for MGSW Gr.2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte victrix and G1 Diamond Jubliee third Restiadargent  (Fr) (Kendargent {Fr}), herself a full-sister to stakes-winning Gr.3 Prix Fille de l'Air runner-up Restiana (Fr). The March-foaled bay is a full-brother to the unraced 2-year-old filly Steady Woman (Fr) and kin to Listed Prix de Saint-Patrick victor Restiany (GB) (Frankel {GB}). His third dam, Listed Prix Caravelle victrix Restifia (Fr) (Night Shift), is out of a stakes-placed half-sister to Gr.1 Prix de Diane heroine Resless Kara (Fr) (Akarad {Fr}) and hails from the family of MG1SW European champion Natagora (Fr) (Divine Light {Jpn}).