Kingman colt bought to race in France
A Kingman foal from the family of Champion and multiple Gr.1 winner Lando made 200,000gns at Tattersalls December Foal Sale yesterday, the second-highest priced lot to sell so far.
Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News, 30th November 2023:
French farm Haras de Meautry got in on the action at Tattersalls on Wednesday by landing a Kingman colt through farm director Nick Bell. The January-born first foal out of Group 3 winner Liberty London was bred by Gestut Hof Ittlingen and consigned by Newsells Park Stud.
"He has been bought by Haras de Meautry for Edouard de Rothschild," Bell said. "He will be kept to go into training and, hopefully, will go to Andre Fabre in two years' time. That's the plan. We always buy a couple of foals every year and there was not one for us this year in France. It is a thing we do every year so we can compare them to the foals we have at home, and we think we get a bit better value as a foal than buying as a yearling."
He added on lot 710: "A nice, good-looking, good-walking foal and out of a good race mare. She won from three to five and she has run in good company all the time, that was a big thing for us, she was obviously tough. As he was a first foal, too, it probably worked in our favour as there is nothing for the pinhookers to come through. That was the sort of price we had in mind. I told Edouard he would cost from 150,000gnsto 200,000gns."