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Kingsate Native Royal Ascot 21/6/08

Kingsgate Native: has none of the first 20 mares covered by him in foal

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham 


Stud career in doubt
for Kingsgate Native

CHEVELEY Park Stud has announced that its new stallion for 2009, the leading sprinter Kingsgate Native, has so far not successfully got a mare in foal and that his future stud career is under consideration.

The Newmarket-based stud reported on Monday that none of the first 20 mares who have been covered by the dual Group 1 winner has been scanned in foal.

Managing director Chris Richardson said: "Kingsgate Native's libido and covering style appear excellent therefore he will continue to be bred to mares over the next week orso, whilst we await the scan results from the next 21 mares already bred to him. During this time further consideration will be given to his future based on the results of ongoing tests.

"It is desperately disappointing for all concerned and he has over 100 mares, including our own, booked to him. It is not an exact science and we will continue to see if things will click with him, but if things do not improve then the mare owners will be relieved from their contracts in order toseek alternative arrangements."

Cheveley Park purchased Kingsgate Native in November 2007 after his juvenile success in the Nunthorpe Stakes, when he became the first two-year-old to win the race since Lyric Fantasy in 1992, and his second place finish in the Prix de l'Abbaye behind Benbaun.

As a three-year-old he continued to be trained by John Best and run in the colours of former owner John Moyne. His finest hour came at Royal Ascot when winning the Golden Jubilee Stakes from War Artist. He was retired to stud after a third place finish behind Borderlescott in last year's Nunthorpe Stakes.

He is the best performing son by the Storm Bird stallion Mujadil, whose Mill Reef Stakes-winning son Galeota, was found to be infertile after retiring to stud in 2007. He returned to the racecourse in August that year.

Cheveley Park went on to express its disappointment for not only all the mare owners who have offered their support in his first season, but also to Mr and Mrs Thompson, as well as Kingsgate Native's former owner John Mayne and trainer John Best. His fee for this season is £7,500.




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