Novara Park Stud are proud to announce that Group One performed racehorse King Of Comedy by champion racehorse and sire Kingman will join the stallion roster this season.
Stud owner of Novara Park, Luigi Muollo had been on the lookout for a son of Kingman. ‘ He is one of the hottest names in European bloodstock circles, and King Of Comedy ticked all the boxes of pedigree, racetrack performance, type and commercial appeal.”
A winner of his first start at two, King Of Comedy won three and placed second in his is first four starts including the Sandown Heron Stakes.
He then stepped up to Group One company for the first time in the G1 St James’s Palace Stakes, the sire making race whose winners include King Of Comedy’s own sire Kingman as well as Frankel, Shamardal and Giants Causeway and also recent second placegetters of the race including current rising star sires Night Of Thunder and Toronado. King Of Comedy put in an outstanding effort to finish second, beaten a neck behind the Champion 3YO Miler in France, Circus Maximus and half a length ahead of the Champion 3YO Colt in Europe, Too Darn Hot. His performance was so blatantly eye-catching that after the race Timeform labelled King of Comedy "the best rated 3yo in Europe". He had the fastest final sectionals of the race and covered more ground than the winner and the third horse.
His next race was the Group 1 Juddmonte International where he was beaten less than two lengths to place fourth behind Japan and Crystal Ocean. Again the depth was world class with the winner Japan being the top Turf 3-y-o Colt in the World at 10f and second placed Crystal Ocean being the highest rated horse in the world at the time.
Next, King of Comedy was runner-up to the globetrotter Benbatl in the Group 2 Joel Stakes at Newmarket. Benbatl won the Group 1 Dubai Turf amongst his 3 Group 1 successes. Benbatl had recently returned from a successful trip to Australia where he won the G1 Caulfield Stakes and finished 2nd in the G1 Cox Plate behind the almighty Winx.
King Of Comedy would have a further four starts before his retirement including placing second in the G3 Newbury Diamond Stakes.
Kingman the sire of King of Comedy was a Horse of the Year & Champion 3YO Colt in Europe and is now a young sire sensation.
Kingman’s service fee is £150,000 (NZ$290,000) as breeders clamour for his services following an explosive start to his stud career. His first two crops have generated 29 Stakes winners (14.9% SW to runners) including four Group One winners. He is the best son of Invincible Spirit who is also the sire of Australia’s top stallion I Am Invincible. Kingman is also a three-quarter brother to Oasis Dream the Sire of Showcasing and Power who had both previously stood at stud in New Zealand with great success.
King Of Comedy is out of the outstanding producer Stage Presence by Champion Miler and successful stallion Selkirk and is the dam of three Group One winners or performers. She is the dam of G1 Prix de Diane winner Star Of Seville, and the dam of the Group 3 winner and Group One performer English Ballet. The family hails from the family of tough four-time American Grade 1 winner Winchester.
“The fact that King Of Comedy had tremendous ability leading him to at one point being rated the best three-year-old in Europe and is a son of the mighty Kingman will make him an easy choice for breeders. He is a magnificent individual. He is a beautiful bay, very correct and will let down into a lovely stallion.” Luigi Muollo said.
Timeform’s opinion is also a great endorsement to him. - “Bred in the purple and a most taking sort on looks”.
"His sire Kingman has been a great success so he possesses all the genetic ingredients to make a successful sire. He will be a very valuable addition to the New Zealand stallion ranks and we will be making available a limited number of Lifetime Breeding Rights in the horse."
King Of Comedy will stand at Novara Park Stud alongside resident stallions Sweynesse and Staphanos at an introductory fee of $7,000 plus GST with a live foal guarantee. A service fee announcement for Sweynesse and Staphanos will be made in the near future.