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October 2021

King Power Racing

Winter Power’s blisteringly quick victory in the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes in August also signified another leap forward for her owners King Power Racing who, in just four years, have developed into one of the leading owners in British racing.

King Power Racing’s blue and white silks were first seen on the track in 2017 and have quickly become some of the most recognisable in British racing, having been carried to victory now by two Group 1 winners and more than 20 Group winners.

Donjuan Triumphant became the first Group 1 winner for King Power in the 2019 British Champions’ Sprint Stakes, one year after Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s death, a poignant swansong for the Andrew Balding-trained sprinter. The identity of the winning trainer was apt as it was to Balding that King Power turned when the family decided to expand their equine pursuits to encompass racing.

Alastair Donald of SackvilleDonald has assisted in the growth and development of the Srivaddhanaprabha family’s racing and breeding interests in that time and says that it is their attention to detail and commitment to getting it right that is the hallmark of all they do.

“When they do something, they like to do it properly. Before they got involved, they researched the trainers, they researched me, examined the stats. We built up a relationship from there. Tragically, Vichai didn’t live to see the success, but when Top took over as chairman of King Power, luckily he took on his father’s racing mantle too.”

That total commitment and dedication was evident already from the success of Leicester City and the domination of the King Power Foxes polo team at the highest level.

Their racing string now consists of around 80 horses in training split between several trainers including Tim Easterby, who handles Winter Power, and Balding.

When her racing career eventually comes to an end, Winter Power will become a member of King Power’s blue-chip broodmare band. Their British-based mares board at the Player family’s Whatton Manor Stud, and former stars now retired to the paddocks include Tisbutadream, a Listed winner and Group 3 placed half-sister to Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes winner Persuasive.

“Tisbutadream had her first foal in the spring, a lovely Kingman colt, and it is enormously exciting to think that the likes of Winter Power, Queen Power and Angel Power will become broodmares in the future. There is so much to look forward to,” Sackville predicts.

It is a prediction that rings true for British racing, and the nation’s sporting scene generally, which has been enriched enormously by King Power’s passion and dedication to the pursuit of success through flying fillies and goal-scoring greats alike.

As published in The Owner Breeder

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