Bangkok, a high-class and popular stalwart of the Andrew Balding stable, has been retired to stand at Chapel Stud as a dual-purpose sire for 2022. He will stand alongside Planteur on behalf of owner/breeder Simon Davies following a deal brokered by Billy Jackson-Stops of JS Bloodstock Consultancy. His stud fee and terms will be set at a later date.
Won or placed in eight stakes races with earnings of £630,000 for owner King Power Racing, Bangkok was last seen defeating Juan Elcano and Mohaafeth in Group 2 Sky Bet York Stakes at York.
A consistently high-class and tough racehorse, the son of Australia also won the Group 3 Classic Trial at Sandown, a win that propelled him into the Derby reckoning, and twice scored in the Listed Winter Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield. He also ran second to Japan in the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot. Overall, he won six of 24 starts.
“Bangkok has been a pleasure to train for the last four seasons,” said Andrew Balding. “His class has enabled him to achieve results at a variety of distances and his courage and constitution are second to none. He has the ability, looks and temperament to be a top-class performer at stud, and we will certainly be supporting him with mares.”
Bred by Barronstown Stud out of the Listed-placed Darshaan mare Tanagham, Bangkok is a half-brother to five stakes performers including Group 1 winner Matterhorn and the dam of Champion miler Ribchester. As a descendant of blue hen Fall Aspen, he also hails from the family of Group 1 winners Elnadim, Occupandiste, Mondialiste and Intello.
He was a 500,000gns yearling when sold to SackvilleDonald at the Tattersalls October Book 1 Sale.
Chapel Stud director, Roisin Close said: “I am delighted to be standing Bangkok on behalf of Simon Davies, Welsh Marches Stud. He is an exciting addition to both Chapel Stud and the British stallion ranks. Bangkok was a high-class, tough, and consistent multiple Stakes winner, and had an excellent career over four seasons. He is undeniably attractive with great presence and conformation, all backed up by an outstanding pedigree. He really is the complete package.”
Simon Davies added: “We are extremely excited to add Bangkok to stand alongside Planteur at Chapel Stud. He was an immensely tough and sound racehorse and as the only son of Australia to stand in Britain will complement Planteur perfectly and give breeders another quality option next year.”