King's Bishop Broodmare Sire
Kings Bishop B.H 1969 by Round Table
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First Class Sire
Excellent Broodmare Sire
Chef De Race
Very few racehorses get to have a Group One race named in their honour, King's Bishop is one of those deemed worthy of such recognition. A top class sprinter King's Bishop numbered amongst his eleven victories the GR2 Carter Handicap and Fall Highweight Handicap. It was the manner of his victory in the GR2 Carter Handicap which stamped him as a sprinter of the highest class, King's Bishop won the seven furlong event by 5 1/2 lengths and set a new track record in the process. At stud King's Bishop wasted no time and made an immediate impact finishing second on the first season sires table in the USA. In a relatively short stud career, he had to be put down at age twelve, King's Bishop bred 30 stakes winners from 210 foals. This noteworthy return of 14% stakes winners to foals places him amongst the high achievers of the breed.
King's Bishop, like his sire Round Table, was associated with stock that were tough and trained on. His son Cabrini Green has the distinction of defeating John Henry on three occasions. Multiple graded stakes winning son Castelets was still racing in and winning stakes races as a nine and ten year old whilst the excellent sprinter Kings Swan, a veteran of 107 races (31 wins) was still racing successfully at age 10. King's Bishop also sired Group One winner Queen To Conquer who ran third in the Irish Guiness Oaks. As a broodmare sire King's Bishop has also made his mark. His daughters have bred the classic performers Baron De Vaux (stakes winner and 3rd Preakness Stakes) and Green Aligator (California Derby GR3, and 4th Kentucky Derby). His daughter La Reine Rouge is the grand dam of the ill fated champion racehorse and Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro. Not only has King's Bishop had a Group One raced named after him for his racing exploits, he has also been accorded *Chef De Race status by American breeding aficionados, such is the respect his name commands when appearing in pedigrees. King's Bishop has been given the Brilliant/Intermediate designation by Dr Steven Roman.
*CHEF-DE-RACE–Designation for superior sires, which fall into five categories–Brilliant, Intermediate, Classic, Stout, Professional–according to the speed and stamina they impart to their offspring.
An impeccably bred individual Sunrise Flight was a half brother to the full brothers Bold Lad and Successor both of whom were crowned Champion 2 year old in the USA. Sunrise Flight was a tough, durable racehorse winning 11 of 84 starts including the Gallant Fox handicap and Tropical Park Handicap twice. He was placed 40 times of which 27 were second place. In a short stud career of only four seasons he sired just 72 foals of which 8 were stakes winners (11%). Today Sunrise Flight is seen close up, as dam sire, in the pedigree of Kentucky Derby winner Pleasant Colony, sire of that very good stallion in the USA Pleasant Tap. Pleasant Tap is showing a propensity to sire Turf horses successful in the USA, Europe and Japan. Pleasant Colony is also the damsire of up and coming New Zealand based sire Keeper.