Kingsbarns (horse)

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Kingsbarns (20 February 2010 – 16 May 2018) was an Irish Thoroughbredracehorse who won the Racing Post Trophy in 2012 on his second career start. He was owned by Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith and was trained by Aidan O’Brien.

Irish-bred Thoroughbred racehorse

Kingsbarns and Joseph O’Brien at Leopardstown in 2013
Sire Galileo
Grandsire Sadler’s Wells
Dam Beltisaal
Damsire Belmez
Sex Colt
Foaled 20 February 2010
Died 16 May 2018[1]
Country Ireland
Colour Bay
Breeder Ann Marie O’Brien
Owner Mrs John Magnier
Michael Tabor
Derrick Smith
Trainer Aidan O’Brien
Record 8: 2-1-2
Earnings £364,634
Major wins
Racing Post Trophy (2012)

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Kingsbarns was a baycolt foaled on 20 February 2010 and bred by Ann Marie O’Brien, the wife of trainer Aidan O’Brien. Kingsbarns was the son of Epsom Derby winner and multiple Champion sireGalileo. Galileo has produced many top horses, including Cape Blanco, Frankel, Nathaniel, New Approach and Rip Van Winkle. Kingsbarns’ dam, Beltisaal, is a daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Belmez.[2]

Kingsbarns did not race until October 2012, where he easily won a one milemaiden race at Navan Racecourse. Under jockey Joseph O’Brien he beat Risk Return by seven lengths.[3] Having originally not been entered he was supplemented for the Racing Post Trophy at the cost of £17,500.[4]

After being supplemented he was priced as big as 8/1 to win the race, but received significant support and started as the 15/8 favourite. Again ridden by O’Brien, he took the lead with over one furlong left to run. He then pulled away to win the race by one and three quarter lengths from the Richard Hannon Sr. trained Van Der Neer, who just beat Steeler for second place.[5] After his victory he was made favourite for the 2013 Epsom Derby and second favourite (behind Dawn Approach) for the 2000 Guineas.[6] In his only two runs as a two-year-old he earned £130,831.[2]

In the 2012 European Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings, he was given a rating of 118, putting him in second place, six pounds below the top-rated Dawn Approach.[7]

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