1. Kingman (Timeform rating 134)
Bred in the purple, out of French 1000 Guineas winner Zenda, Kingman scored impressively on debut at Newmarket and followed up in the Solario Stakes at Sandown, his turn of foot in a steadily-run race particularly noteworthy. An impressive win in the Greenham Stakes on his reappearance at three set the stage for a bid at the 2000 Guineas, for which he was sent off the 6/4 favourite. However, he was overhauled close home by 40/1 shot Night Of Thunder, who he had comfortably beaten at Newbury three weeks earlier.
Kingman showed his true colours on his next two outings, however, bouncing back from defeat with a commanding five-length victory in the Irish 2000 Guineas before confirming himself as comfortably the best three-year-old miler around with an authoritative win in the St James’ Palace Stakes, setting the record straight once and for all with Night Of Thunder.
He overcame a brief scare to complete a Group 1 hat-trick in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, coming through his first test against older horses with his reputation enhanced, accelerating breathtakingly past a top-class colt in Toronado. He was once again imperious in winning the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville, earning a large sectional upgrade after showing a striking turn of foot, but sadly that would prove to be the final start of his career. John Gosden
2. Moonlight Cloud (129)
French raider Moonlight Cloud was well fancied for the 1000 Guineas, arriving on the back of an impressive success in the Prix Imprudence at Maisons-Laffitte, but she reared in the stalls and could only manage a seventh-place finish at Newmarket.
She quickly made amends, however, winning a Group 3 at Longchamp before taking the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville. She progressed further as a four-year-old, memorably finishing a close-up second to Black Caviar at Royal Ascot before retaining her title in the Maurice de Gheest. The Maurice de Gheest is contested over six and a half furlongs, but Moonlight Cloud proved her versatility by getting the better of Farhh in the Prix du Moulin over a mile at Longchamp.
Moonlight Cloud was even better as a five-year-old, winning her first four starts, including a hat-trick of Group 1s, before signing off with a disappointing defeat in the Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin, where she just lacked the sparkling turn of foot she had become synonymous with. Freddy Head
3. Charm Spirit (127)
Charm Spirit showed promise in three starts as a juvenile, notably finishing third in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, and he won the Prix Djebel on his return at three to set him up for a tilt at the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. He sweated in the preliminaries and still looked quite green, but he was by no means disgraced in fifth in an extremely strong renewal – Night Of Thunder, Kingman and Australia filled the first three places.
Charm Spirit made the most of a good opportunity in a Group 3 at Chantilly before landing the first Group 1 of his career in the Prix Jean Prat, also at Chantilly. He showed further improvement when reversing 2000 Guineas form with Night Of Thunder in the Prix du Moulin, and he completed a Group 1 hat-trick when running to a similar level in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot, again getting the better of Night of Thunder. Freddy Head
4 = Profitable (125)
Profitable was a fairly consistent performer in his first two campaigns, producing his best efforts when winning a listed event at York and when fifth in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. However, it was as a four-year-old that he really began to flourish.
Profitable won the Group 3 Palace House Stakes at Newmarket on his return, and he took another step up the ladder to win the Group 2 Temple Stakes at Haydock, recording an impressive timefigure that added plenty of substance to the form. The Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot was up next, and Profitable very much underlined the rapid progress he had made, going about his business smoothly and professionally to maintain his unbeaten record as a four-year-old, without needing to reproduce the form of his Temple triumph.
He was not at his best in three subsequent outings that term, and he also failed to win again the following season, though he did run close to his best in defeat behind Lady Aurelia in the King's Stand and Battaash in the King George. Clive Cox
4 = Muthmir (125)
Muthmir never managed to win a Group 1, but he was a consistent presence at the highest level, running a number of good races in defeat. He was brought along steadily, not racing as a juvenile and winning just once - in maiden company - from four outings as a three-year-old. However, he progressed rapidly as a four-year-old, landing a valuable sprint handicap at York before producing a deeply impressive display in the Portland at Doncaster, which suggested he was going to be a huge force in Group company the following season.
Muthmir enjoyed a successful season, going close in the King's Stand and Prix de l'Abbaye (third on both occasions), and he was successful at Group 3 and Group 2 level. He failed to score as a six-year-old, but he was twice successful as a seven-year-old, including at Group 3 level, and he also hit the frame in the King's Stand.
Muthmir won the Achilles Stakes, a listed race, at Haydock as an eight-year-old, but that was his final success. William Haggas
A very close finish, but it's Muthmir who wins the Betway Achilles Stakes pic.twitter.com/YkWMxgI59X— Haydock Park Races (@haydockraces) June 9, 2018
6 = Magna Grecia (124)
Magna Grecia had a short but fruitful racing career under the stewardship of Aidan O’Brien. Less than two weeks on from his impressive winning debut, Magna Grecia put up a big performance to finish runner-up in the Autumn Stakes at Newmarket, coping with the step up in grade to make the talented Persian King work hard. Two weeks later he landed the first Group 1 of his career with a narrow victory in the Futurity at Doncaster, finding extra where it mattered, winning with a bit more to spare than the winning margin of a head would suggest.
Magna Grecia made his reappearance in the 2000 Guineas and he was a clearcut winner, progressing significantly on what he had achieved at two. However, he ran too badly to be true in the Irish equivalent and, after five months off, was well beaten in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot. Magna Grecia was retired after just six races and sent to stud at Coolmore. Aidan O'Brien
MAGNA GRECIA (11/2) gives trainer Aidan O'Brien his TENTH victory 2000 Guineas, with Donnacha O'Brien on board - a second consecutive victory for connections!— Timeform Live (@TimeformLive) May 4, 2019
It's another winner for @Timeform's TV Focus!
6 = Inns Of Court (124)
Inns of Court, a winner on his only start as a two-year-old, scored three times as a three-year-old, including twice in Group company, and he only met with defeat when tried at the highest level. He produced his best effort of the campaign when getting to within a short-head of winning the Prix Jacques le Marois, splitting Al Wukair and Thunder Snow.
Inns of Court won only once the following season, in a Group 3 at Maisons-Laffitte, but he continued to perform respectably in some of France’s most prestigious races, including in the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp, where he was beaten a short-head by One Master.
He saved his best form for his five-year-old season, opening the campaign with a win in a listed race at Maisons-Laffitte, before looking at home on his first attemot over five furlongs in the Group 2 Prix du Gros-Chene at Chantilly, a race he won with ease. He met with a surprise defeat in the Prix de Ris-Orangis at Maisons-Laffitte, a race he had won the previous year, having to settle for second. Andre Fabre
Last seen in the Hong Kong Mile, Inns Of Court holds off City Light to take the Prix Servanne at Maisons-Laffitte... pic.twitter.com/ugBD3RE74r— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) April 26, 2019
6 = Signs Of Blessing (124)
Signs of Blessing showed smart form as a three-year-old, winning a Group 3 at Baden-Baden, but he struggled as a four-year-old, failing to run up to form in four starts. He was a different proposition at five, though, scoring on three occasions, including at Group 1 level in the Prix Maurice de Gheest, while he was a close-up third in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
He failed to win at Group 1 level the following season, though he did win a couple of Group 3s, producing the best performance of his career, from a ratings perspective, when bolting up in the Prix de Meautry at Deauville.
He scored once more, in a minor event at Lyon when a seven-year-old, but failed to replicate the level of form he had shown at his peak. Francois Rohaut
6 = Ektihaam (124)
Ektihaam, an impressive winner on his first couple of outings, disappointed on his first foray into Group company, finishing last of nine in the Dewhurst on the final outing of his juvenile season. He was an impressive winner of a minor event on his first outing as a three-year-old, though, and went close in the Dante, showing a smart level of form as he finished runner-up, setting him up for a tilt at the French Derby. Unfortunately he got no sort of run at Chantilly and finished well down the field.
A third-place finish in the Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown on his reappearance as a four-year-old offered a reminder that he retained plenty of ability, and he turned in the best effort of his career under unfavourable circumstances when comfortably landing the listed Buckhounds Stakes at Ascot. He failed to build on that performance, however, and did not win again. Roger Varian
6 = Mayson (124)
Mayson made up into a useful colt in his first season racing, winning twice as well as twice running respectably in pattern company.
An injury in his final outing as a two-year-old led to an 11-month absence, but he returned with a very good effort to finish third in the Great St Wilfrid at Ripon, and placed efforts in listed company at Ascot and Doncaster marked him out as a sprinter to note the following season.
He showed much-improved form as a four-year-old, landing the Palace House at Newmarket before bouncing back from a couple of below-par efforts to spring a surprise in the July Cup, relishing the heavy ground to make his top-level breakthrough. Conditions were also testing at Longchamp, where Mayson next appeared in the Prix de l'Abbaye, but he was overhauled close home by Wizz Kid, having to settle for second after running to a similar level as at Newmarket. Richard Fahey
2012 July Cup winner Mayson (@Timeform rated 124) will soon be embarking on his eighth covering season @CPStudOfficial, with his best progeny including the smart pair Oxted (119) and Global Applause (115) pic.twitter.com/CZQRxnHfqO— Adam Houghton (@hought94) January 31, 2020
6 = Fleeting Spirit (124)
Fleeting Spirit quickly developed into one of the leading two-year-old fillies in her juvenile campaign, winning the Molecomb and the Flying Childers, as well as finishing second in the Cheveley Park Stakes.
She was an extremely impressive winner of the Temple Stakes on her reappearance as a three-year-old, but lacked the same zip and vibrancy when third in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot. She also met with defeat in the Prix de l'Abbaye and Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint but was kept in training at four, and she upped her game to make the Group 1 breakthrough she had long promised.
That Group 1 victory came in the July Cup at Newmarket, where she produced an electric performance to stamp herself as the best sprinting filly since Lochsong. That would prove to be her final success as she was narrowly denied in the Sprint Cup and Prix de l'Abbaye before disappointing at the Breeders' Cup.
She was retired following creditable efforts in defeat in the Golden Jubilee and July Cup as a five-year-old. Jeremy Noseda
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