Sunday, 11 March 2018

4 Frankel Entries for 2000 Guineas

Elarqam fancied for the 2000 Guineas
With the Flat turf season on the horizon, punters may be holding ante-post wagers (keen to see if the price has shortened) or just intrigued to see how the market is shaping up. 

Frankel Blog is only interested in one aspect of this Classic taking place at Newmarket on Saturday 5th May 2018. Obviously, it is those three-year-olds sired by Frankel. I wasn't sure how many colts/fillies would hold an entries at this stage

Four horses:

Without Parole 

A colt trained by John Gosden and impressive six-length winner at 8/13f. This fine prospect is owned by John & Tanya Gunther. [No odds for 2000 Guineas]


This well-bred son of Frankel is out of star performer Attraction, who won the 1000 Guineas among many notable races. Elarqam has won both his two starts to date (10/11f & 11/8f). A lovely debut effort when staying on strongly at York. Then ''eased close home'' when taking the Tattersalls Stakes (Group 3) at Newmarket. Both races where over 7f. He is priced 14/1 to win the 2000 Guineas for Mark Johnston in the ownership of Hamdan Al Maktoum. 

Red Mist 

This three-year-old is out of the dam Red Dune. Simon Crisford managed to get a short-head win from this bay colt on debut. He lost by a short-head when stepping up to Listed class at Newbury over 7f. Red Mist ran out a sterling effort when fourth of seven, beaten just over four lengths, in the Champagne Stakes (Group 2) at Doncaster. A fair effort considering this February foal was keen.[No odds for 2000 Guineas] 


Roger Charlton is a class trainer and very selective with Group entries at two. It is worth noting this son of Frankel who is out of African Rose, made his winning debut at Ascot in September. Never a bad sign for this stable and leading owner K Abdullah. The 11/10f was giving a ''promising'' tag when beating Wadilsafa who has a reputation himself as a talented horse. Herculean is priced 25/1 to win the 2000 Guineas. 

Saxon Warrior is favourite at 5/1. This son of Deep Impact - trained by Aidan O'Brien - has won all three starts to date including the Racing Post Trophy Stakes (Group 1). He has achieved prize winning of £191,937. 

Monday, 5 March 2018

Frankel Progeny Heads to Cheltenham Festival 2018

Solo Saxophone Wins atatterick C
Frankel is no stranger to talented progeny. With the average sales price being £500,000 you don't get much change when putting your hand in your pocket. 

As a wise horse breeder once said: ''Every horse has its story to tell.'' That is true of horses bred by this super stallion. In truth, the majority of owners lucky enough to be able to afford such thoroughbreds have visions of Classic race success. Perhaps the 2000 Guineas. Epsom Derby. Whatever their expectations, very few owners dream of limitation.   

It's interesting to consider that one of Frankel's offspring will take a different course and find himself heading to the Cheltenham Festival 2018. 

There is one candidate who could well hit the headlines or gain a few sound bites.

Solo Saxophone is a son of Frankel out of an American-bred mare called Society Hostess. This bay colt is owned by BGC Racing and trained by Dan Skelton. This home bred came from Moyglare Stud Farm but sold at three for 62,000 euros. 

He was probably a slow maturing type because Solo Saxophone didn't make his debut until three when trained by Dermot Weld. He was pretty fancied in the betting on all five starts at three with a couple of second places and a close third when losing at Tipperary by less than one length. His final start at three so him visit Gowran Park when finishing down the field when seventh of sixteen at odds of 6/1.

Solo Saxophone found the winning way when making his debut in a juvenile hurdle at Catterick where he won ''going away'' at 6/4f. 

Stepping up to two miles at Wetherby, he led towards the finish to win by half a length at 5/4f.

Most recent, he stepped up in class and distance [2 mile 1f ] when visiting Exeter taking on four rivals in a listed race worth £14,237.50. The bookies had him priced at 12/1 drifting from 9/1. This April foal finished tailed off in third place behind the two favourites and very impressive winner Vision Des Flos, trained by Colin Tizzard. 

Solo Saxophone has a couple of entries for the Cheltenham Festival. 

Wednesday 14th March 

4:50 Cheltenham -

The Boodles Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (2m 1/2f) 

Solo Saxophone 25/1

Friday 16th March 

1:30 Cheltenham - 

The JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1) (2m 1f)

Solo Saxophone 50/1