Outstanding stallion Kingmambo, whose half-brother Judpot stands at Varsfontein, died in 2016 but he continues to make his mark on the breed through a number of stallion sons and broodmare daughters.
Sarah Whitelaw writes that the regally bred French Guineas winning son of Mr Prospector and Miesque was to the fore at Kenilworth on Saturday with his son Ideal World – who is from one of the most powerful families of recent years – responsible for Gr1 Sun Met winner Rainbow Bridge.
The latter is a second Met winner, in four years, for Ideal World, whose daughter Smart Call won the same race back in 2016.
The versatile Ideal World, whose son Kimberley Star won the Fairview Merchants over 1200m the Friday before the 2000m Met, made a superb start to his stud career with his first crop yielding 30 winners from 43 runners and nine stakes horses headed by Smart Call and Gr3 Track And Ball Oaks winner Zante.
Subsequent crops have produced the likes of Equus Champion Hermoso Mundo, and the graded stakes winners Cape Speed (Track And Ball Derby), Zen Arcade (Graham Beck Stakes) and Inverroche (Strelitzia Stakes), dual 2yo stakes winner Coral Bay, Persian Rug (so unlucky not to win the Gr1 Thekwini Stakes at two), and Grand Heritage hero and Listed Wolf Power 1600 victor Irish Pride. Another by Ideal World, Helen’s Ideal, ran fifth in Saturday’s Gr1 GBets Cape Derby.
It is also hard not to think that Ideal World, all things considered, will not make up into a high class broodmare sire-just as his own sire has. His close relative Dansili is another top class broodmare sire.
Kingmambo has also featured in the pedigrees of a number of high class South African gallopers over the years, with his stallion sons responsible for such standout performers as Rudra (Summer Cup), Laverna (Equus Champion), the above mentioned pair of Smart Call and Rainbow Bridge, Same Jurisdiction (Garden Province Stakes, Thekwini Stakes), the popular Gr1 SA Classic winner Pierre Jourdan, and SA Fillies Nursery winner Virgo’s Babe.
His late son Parade Leader is also enjoying success as a broodmare sire and is already damsire of such high class performers as Alexis (Gr2 KZN Fillies Guineas) and Secret Potion (Gr2 SA Oaks).
Kingmambo looks to continue to make his mark on the turf through such prospects as Lemon Drop Kid, paternal grandson Lord Kanaloa and maternal grandsons Ruler Of The World and Camelot, while Kingmambo son Dubai Destination has also become a top class broodmare sire and is damsire of multiple Gr1 winners and young Darley sires Postponed and Golden Horn among others.
Another maternal grandson of Kingmambo, Duke Of Marmalade, has made an excellent start with his first South African crop, and that five time Gr1 winner is bound to have further impact on the local scene in seasons to come.
Yet another son, Archipenko, is the sire of the full-brothers Time Warp and Glorious Forever –who have won the last two runnings of the Gr1 Hong Kong Cup.
Outstanding sprinter Lord Kanaloa – a son of Kingmambo’s champion sire son King Kamehameha – is one of the most exciting sire prospects currently at stud in Japan. From the same family as Alleged, Malibu Moon and Secretariat, the dual Hong Kong Sprint winner was Japan’s Leading First Crop Sire in 2017 and his nine black type winners to date include Japan Cup winning superstar Almond Eye and Japanese Gr1 winners Stelvio and Saturnalia. A truly exceptional racehorse, and Japan’s Horse Of The Year in 2013, Lord Kanaloa looks on track for a very exciting career at stud.
Ruler Of The World
A half-brother to Duke Of Marmalade, and winner of the 2013 Gr1 Investec Derby, Ruler Of The World – one of 3 sons of Galileo to have won the Epsom Derby – made a smart start with his first 2yos in 2018. The chestnut, out of Kingmambo mare Love Me True, had only a handful runners but that tally included Gr1 bet365 Fillies’ Mile winner Iridessa who is a likely classic contender for 2019. Ruler Of The World, whose dam is closely related to Lemon Drop Kid, never raced at two which makes the promise shown by his early runners all the more encouraging.
Four time Gr1 winner Camelot (Montjeu), whose dam is the Kingmambo sired Gr3 Dahlia Stakes winner Tarfah, got off to a flying start with his first Northern Hemisphere crop having yielded 11 black type winners, including the Gr1 winners Athena (Belmont Oaks) and Latrobe (Irish Derby).
The former Epsom Derby winner also enjoyed success with his 2yos last year including Gr1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud victress Wonderment.
Interestingly, Camelot’s dam is bred on the same Kingmambo/Danehill cross as Ideal World.
Lemon Drop Kid
A three-parts brother to South African stallion Mambo In Seattle, and from the family of A P Indy and Ruler Of The World, US champion and Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid holds strong claims to being his sire’s best sire son.
The five time Gr1 winner is responsible for over 180 stakes horses and nearly 100 black type winners, with Lemon Drop Kid’s progeny including Lemons Forever, Richard’s Kid, Beach Patrol, Romantic Vision, Citronnade, Somali Lemonade, Christmas Kid and Santa Teresita.
Lemon Drop Kid has also become an excellent broodmare sire and is already damsire of the Gr1 winners Bar Of Gold, Forever Unbridled, Unbridled Forever, Without Parole, Tamarkuz, Finest City, Yellow Agate, and Elusive Kate.