JUDDMONTE’S Kingman (Invincible Spirit), who stands at Banstead Manor Stud, ended the five-day Royal Ascot meeting with three winners, Thesis, Candleford and Noble Truth. The Juddmonte homebred Thesis was reviewed last week, while Noble Truth was his sole blacktype winner, successful in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes.
Bred by Jean-Pierre Dubois, Noble Truth was sold to Godolphin for €1.1 million at Arqana as a yearling. Runner-up at two in the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, three of his four wins have come in stakes races. His dam is the unraced Speralita (Frankel), and she is a half-sister to the six-time Group/Grade 1 winner Stacelita.
The best of her generation in France where she won four Group 1 races, including the classic Prix de Diane-French Oaks, Stacelita is also the dam of a classic winner in Soul Stirring (Frankel), winner of the 2017 Group 1 Yushun Himba-Japanese Oaks, a year after she was rated the champion juvenile filly in that country. For good measure, Stacelita is also the grandam of this year’s Japanese star filly Stars On Earth (Duramente), successful in both the Group 1 Yushun Himba (Oaks) and the Group 1 Oka Sho (1000 Guineas).
Owned and bred in Co Tipperary by Barnane Stud, the William Haggas-trained Candleford landed his third success when running out a six-length winner of the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes. Surely some blacktype is in the offing. He and the stakes-placed Atty Persse (Frankel) are the first two winners from Dorcas Lane (Norse Dancer), a listed winner and group-placed mare who cost Barnane 320,000gns five years ago.