Rose Kingdom: the Japan Cup hero is one of King Kamehameha's bestPICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi
Kamehameha gets fourth Graded winner of 2012
KING KAMEHAMEHA continued his brilliant start to the year on Saturday with his four-year-old son Lord Kanaloa becoming the leading Japanese sire's fourth Pattern winner of 2012 with victory in the Grade 3 Silk Road Stakes over 6f at Kyoto.
King Kamehameha, an 11-year-old son of Kingmambo who stands at the Shadai Stallion Station, has already been on the mark with Rulership (Grade 2 American Jockey Club Cup), To The Glory (Grade 2 Nikkei Shinshun Hai Stakes) and Hiraboku King (Grade 3 Heian Stakes) this month.
A half-brother to Santa Anita Derby winner The Deputy, King Kamehameha won the NHK Mile Cup and Tokyo Yushun in 2004.
He is the sire of two top-flight winners: Apapane, whose victories included Japan's 1,000 Guineas and Oaks, and Japan Cup hero Rose Kingdom.
The Takayuki Yasuda-trained Lord Kanaloa was bred by K I Farm out of Lady Blossom, a daughter of Storm Cat and Grade 1 Beldame Stakes and Gazelle Stakes winner Saratoga Dew.