Champion mare Rose Of Kingston, whose Secretariat colt Kingston Rule won the 1990 Melbourne Cup (Aust-I), has died at her birthplace, Kingston Park Stud at Merricks, Victoria, Australia.
Bred and raced by David and Helen Hains and prepared for them by Bob Hoysted, Rose Of Kingston was voted Australia's Horse of the Year at three in 1982. She capped a great classic year by beating the males in the Australian Derby (Aust-I), the previous female winner in 1944. All up, the daughter of Claude and Better Boy mare Kingston Rose won six graded races, four at group I.
Kingston Rule was one of five North American foals produced when the Melbourne merchant banker and his wife ran a small operation for several years in Kentucky, adjacent to the Keeneland complex near Lexington. Racing for the couple's familiar yellow and red, Kingston Rule gave Secretariat a southern hemisphere postscript a year after the big red horse's death at Claiborne in 1989. The 2:16.30 recorded by the Bart Cummings-tutored colt remains an Australian record for 3,200 meters.
Rose of Kingston other North American foals were Kingston Dancer (Green Dancer), Aly Kingston (by Alydar), Kingsttenham (Nureyev) and Australian graded winner Rose Of Portland (Seattle Slew). She returned to Australia in 1994 and was pensioned six years later, spending her retirement sharing a yard with her Bletchingly half sister Spirit Of Kingston, winner of the Victoria Oaks and the Canterbury and Rosehill Guineas (all Aust-I). On her return to Australia Spirit Of Kingston foaled Victoria Derby (Aust-I) winner Portland Player to Theatrical.