The son of Mastercraftsman, owned by Paul Smith, gave us many memorable days in a career which saw him win four of his eight starts, earning prizemoney of over £1.1million.
He was unbeaten as a two-year-old, winning three races in the space of six weeks. He won a maiden at Newbury over seven furlongs before stepping up to pattern company for the Group 3 Autumn Stakes at Newmarket.
The impressive manner of his Newmarket victory led to him being supplemented for the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy at the end of October. He took the step up to the top level in his stride, beating a field that included the likes of The Grey Gatsby and Snow Sky by four and a half lengths.
The highlight of his three-year-old campaign was his emphatic triumph in the St Leger at Doncaster, providing Roger with his first Classic success.
He was second to a champion in Australia in the Epsom Derby and also put up a mighty effort from stall 20 to finish fourth behind Treve in the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe.
Roger said: “Unfortunately Kingston Hill has sustained a reoccurrence of an injury he suffered in the spring so we have made the decision to retire him.
“It is unfortunate that he wasn’t able to race on as I am sure we did not see the best of him, but he owes us nothing and gave us many wonderful days.
“Kingston Hill had many attributes which made him a top-class racehorse. He was obviously hugely talented but what stood him apart was his wonderful temperament, his will to win and tough constitution.
“To win a maiden, a Group 3 and a Group 1 as a two-year-old in the space of six weeks is testament to both his talent and constitution.
“He was my first domestic Group 1 winner and my first Classic winner. He was a pleasure to be associated with and I look forward to training his offspring in the years to come.”