Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Which Frankel Offspring Has Shown the Most Promise?

Star Frankel Sibling Cracksman
Punters across the globe went into mourning when the legendary Frankel retired to stud after winning the Champion Stakes back in October 2012. The son of Galileo won all 14 of his races and earned the highest ever Timeform rating in history, leading many to declare him the greatest thoroughbred of all time. He was simply too valuable to race on and his owners whisked him away to the breeding shed in order to make a fortune. Frankel has spent the last six years covering hundreds of mares, mainly Group 1 winners or producers, and he has sired some magnificent offspring. “In the foaling unit on February 11th 2008 at 11.40pm, little did we realise that we were witnessing the birth of a phenomenal racehorse,” said Philip Mitchell, general manager at Banstead Manor Stud. “The rest as they say is history and it is now extremely exciting that Frankel will be returning to the Stallion Unit at Banstead, some 500 yards from where he was born.” Trainer Henry Cecil said “there has never been a better or more talented thoroughbred”, as Frankel blended the speed of a champion sprinter with a magnificent turn of foot. Expectations were huge for his stallion career, and he is already proving to be a chip off the old block of Galileo. 

At Royal Ascot this year, Frankel’s offspring secured three wins and two runner-up finishes, netting a cool £750,000 in prize money. Considering he only has two full crops of foals in the racing arena thus far, it was a brilliant achievement. “Any horse that can go to Royal Ascot, the most competitive race meeting in the world, in a fabulous location, and have three winners and seven placed horses is quite extraordinary,” said Simon Mockridge, the director at Banstead Manor Stud. Cracksman is probably his most famous son. He finished 2017 as the world’s top rated three-year-old after securing an emphatic victory in the Champion Stakes, five years after his father defeated Cirrus Des Aigles. That followed a strong season in which Cracksman finished third in the Derby at Epsom, runner-up in the Irish Derby and went on to win the Great Voltigeur Stakes and the Prix Niel. He maintained that brilliant form in 2018, landing the Group 1 Ganay Stakes at Longchamp and the Group 1 Coronation Cup at Ascot. He went off as the favourite in the Prince of Wales’s, but finished second to Poet’s World. He will make his next appearance in October as he readies for either the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe or the Champion Stakes. 

Cracksman is a fine thoroughbred, but there is intense competition for the title of Frankel’s most promising offspring. His daughter, Stirring Soul, won the Japanese Oaks in 2014, and the winners have kept rolling in ever since. Frankel is second behind his own father, Galileo, in the list of sires with the most prize money from stakes winners in the past year. He is a fertile stallion and he commands huge fees, but they would skyrocket further if one of his progeny went on to win a Classic. Some see Cracksman as the greatest hope right now, but several budding stars provide serious competition. Without Parole, Monachs Glen and Baghdad all secured victory at Royal Ascot, while Lady Frankel, Last Kingdom, Finche, Eminent Weekender, UAE King, Goldrush, Aljazeera, Elarqam, Herculean, Vercious, Contingent and Nelson have all displayed great promise, and If you take a look at the horse racing markets you will see spreads available on many of Frankel’s offspring. 

Monarchs Glen might just emerge as the pick of the bunch in the months and years ahead. He is Juddmonte royalty, out of Frankel and GIII Churchill Distaff Turf Mile S. winner Mirabilis, and he has always displayed plenty of promise. He is not an easy horse to work with, but the team’s hard work is starting to pay off and he delivered a classy performance at Royal Ascot. “He’s a little bit wild, this horse,” said trainer John Gosden. “Everyone at home, my fantastic staff, has worked hard with this horse. It didn’t work out in Dubai, but we came back and we’ve done lots of sensible stuff with him and haven’t overworked him. He could yet go up in grade as long as he settles enough in his mind. He wants to do everything in a hurry, but we’re thrilled with him today.” 

If that wild streak can be correctly harnessed, Monarchs Glen could go on to enjoy plenty more success. Without Parole has gone off the boil somewhat over the past couple of months, but Monarchs Glen still has plenty of momentum. He seized the Listed Foundation S at Goodwood and Newmarket’s Darley, and this unpredictable horse seems to respond well to being thrown in at the deep end in big meetings. He shows hints of that sensational turn of foot Frankel used to display with thrilling regularity, and he could thrive when stepping up in grade. Frankel’s offspring look poised to rule the roost for years to come and it will be intriguing to see which ones fully deliver one their promise, but already the likes of Monarchs Glen and Cracksman are making great waves and there is plenty more to come.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Frankel Watch: 2YO Racing Week

Tom Dascombe trains Frankadore
A little slow to detail this post.

Thursday:

Thursday - 2:20 Cap Francais (GB) 2yo — Miss Cap Ferrat (GB) (Overnight) at Salisbury Gift Of Sight Appeal EBF Novice Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Div I) (1m)

Ed Walker's son of Frankel ran well on debut when finishing second at odds of 9/2. Should hold serious claims.

Thursday - 2:50 Fox Premier (IRE) 2yo — Fann (USA) (Overnight) at Salisbury Gift Of Sight Appeal EBF Novice Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Div II) (1m)

Andrew Balding bay colt has been fancied on all three starts to date and gradually getting his act together. A respectable second place at Goodwood when a beaten favourite. The step up to one mile seems to have helped.

Thursday - 3:10 Frankadore (IRE) 2yo — Adoration (USA) (Overnight) at Haydock 32Red.com EBF Novice Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (1m)

We've mentioned Tom Dascombe's Frankadore a number of times but he's been withdrawn. It looks like this cheap purchase (for a Frankel) will be making his debut at Haydock, a track the stable do very well. It's a stiff race so he will need to be highly rated to take this at the first time of asking. 

Friday:

Friday, 07 September 2018 - 2:05 Fox Vardy (USA) 2yo — Dance With Another (IRE) (Overnight) at Ascot Charbonnel Et Walker British EBF Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Sire And Dam Restricted Race) (7f)

Another Frankel offspring we've mentioned. Martyn Meade trains this bay colt who is in the ownership of King Power Racing Co Ltd. 210,000 guineas purchase at the yearling sales. This January foal holds an Epsom Derby entry. Also, holds an entry at Ascot, Saturday.  


Saturday: 

Saturday, 08 September 2018 - 2:10 Chartered (GB) 2yo — Time Saved (GB) (Four day) at Ascot Royal Foresters British EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (1m)

This homebred daughter of Frankel is entered to make her debut at Ascot for Ralph Beckett. 

Saturday, 08 September 2018 - 2:40 Fume (IRE) 2yo — Puff (IRE) (Four day) at Kempton (AW) 188Bet Mobile Bet10 Get20 Nursery Handicap (Jockey Club Grassroots Nursery Qualifier) (7f)

Trained by Ralph Beckett and going for a nursery with a rating of 70. 

Monday, 27 August 2018

Frankel Watch: Frankadore Heads to Sandown for Tom Dascombe

Adoration exceptional on the racecourse
It looks a relatively quiet week ahead for Frankel two-year-olds. 

Where have all the Frankels gone?

Anyway, I see that Tom Dascombe has a Frankel offspring racing this week. Well, this chestnut colt has been declared to run at Sandown on Friday. 

The Bet And Watch at 188 Bet (co.uk) EBF Maiden Stakes (7f)

At the moment there are 43 entrants with a maximum 16. We noted Frankadore on Frankel Blog back in April.  

This April foal is out of a talented mare called Adoration who raced 19 times achieving 8 wins, placed 3 times. A successful mare (now 19-year-olds) who won £1,239,900 on the track. She was trained by David Hofmans in the ownership of Amermans Racing Stables LLC until December 29th 2002. She won twice at Grade 1. Racing over six-and-a-half furlongs to one mile one furlong. Exceptional.

As we noted before, it is intriguing to consider why Frankadore cost just 100,000 guineas when purchased by SackvilleDonald at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale (Book 1) 2017. Consider the stud fee for Frankel is set at £175,000. Perhaps Frankadore was on the small side or something of an ugly duckling. Certainly, the price tag suggests something less desirable. However, handsome is as handsome does. Not sure if that saying goes for equine but here goes. Anyway, I'm sure Manor House Stables are proud to train a Frankel and they will do well with this April foal. He runs in the ownership of Clyn Dance Mound. 

Frankadore has no significant two-year-old entries but declared for the first stage of the Epsom Derby Group 1. 

Tom Dascombe has done well this season with his juveniles. Arthur Kitt successful on both starts to date. This daughter of Ceiling Kitty won the Chesham Stakes (Listed Race) at Royal Ascot. Other horses worthy of note include Light My Fire, Jackstar & Drogon. 

Best wishes to connections if heading to Sandown this Friday. 

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Frankel Watch: A New Week of 2YO Frankels

Frankadore trained by Tom Dascombe at Manor House Stables
More Frankel two-year-olds on the horizon. 

Let's have a look at the week ahead. 

Tuesday 21st August - Mehdaayih, trained by John Gosden

See the entry here

Interesting to see if this bay filly heads to Great Yarmouth. A couple of starts and beaten favourite when placed sixth and second respectively. This April foal was beaten at odds of 4/6f at Doncaster when stepping up to one mile. She was probably beaten by a fair horse in Quintada. A recent Group entry details connections hold her in some regard. Perhaps it will be third time lucky with the smell of salt in the air. 

Friday 24th August - Chartered, trained by Ralph Beckett

See the entry here 

This bay daughter of Frankel is out of a winning mare, trained by Sir Michael Stoute. She had just four runs in a short race career. This homebred runs in the familiar silks of R Barnett. She is entered to run at Newmarket over 7f. 

Friday 24th August - Frankadore, trained by Tom Dascombe

See the entry here 

We have mentioned this chestnut colt previously on Frankel Blog. He is out of a truly talented mare Adoration who race 19 times in America and achieved over £1000,000 in total earnings from eight wins. I'm not sure if Frankadore was an ugly duckling, but he was sold at the yearling sales for just £100,000. Considering it costs £175,000 for stallion fees there must have been something amiss. He races under the ownership of Clyne Dance Mound. He has entries for Ffos Las and Goodwood.

Friday 24th August - Fox Vardy, trained by Martyn Meade

See the entry here

Another colt we have mentioned trained by Martyn Meade and owned by King Power Racing Co Ltd. The proprietor of Leicester City FC. Fox Vardy cost 210,000 guineas when purchased at the yearling sales. The mare Dance With Another was a fair performer in Ireland although one win from twelve starts. Also holds a Derby entry at three. 

Friday 24th August - Fox Premier, trained by Andrew Balding

See the entry here

This twice raced son of Frankel seemingly disappointed on debut at Sandown when 11/4. He finished sixth of eight that day. Racing in the King Power Racing Co Ltd silks, this 700,000 guineas yearling purchase was sent off 13/8f at Newbury (17th August) but tired into fourth when outpaced by William Haggas' Boerhan who is held in some regard. Fox Premier holds a few significant entries. I'm sure connections have expected more. This step up to one mile may be the answer. Also, holds an entry for Saturday's Champagne Stakes (Group 2) at Doncaster. 

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Frankel Watch: Frankellina 2YO Trained by William Haggas

Frankellina trained by William Haggas (not photo)
We love to keep you informed of Frankel two-year-olds this 2018. 

As we mentioned, it has been slow progress with a few runners, but most little noted compared to those dizzy heights when a first-season sire. Plenty of time to find those juveniles which write their names in the history books. 

Well, let's hope so. 

I run Group Horse which details the best two-year-olds in training before many even hit the track. This information has and will be subscription-based come the new turf season. However, until the end of the Flat turf season, it is free to readers (promotion). You will not find more comprehensive data anywhere else. If you love Steve Taplin's Two-year-olds to Follow 2018, you will understand and appreciate its worth. It will detail the best horses in training, which go on to prove that very point at pattern class. 

I have been studying Group Horse Daily updates, and they make a very interesting read. I notice one of William Haggas' better two-year-olds, which is yet to make its debut called Frankellina

This chestnut daughter of Frankel is out of a mare named Our Obsession who was similarly trained and owned by A E Oppenheimer. She liked a trip. Beaten on debut but won her next three starts before retiring. Her last victory at Listed class. Frankellina has been entered for the Fillies' Mile (Group 1) at Newmarket over one mile.  

Related stories: Oppenheimer is 'owner of the year': 34th ROA Awards


Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Frankel Watch: The Week Ahead

Cracksman
Well, last week saw an impressive Frankel debutant go in for Saeed bin Suroor. Dubai Beauty was well found in the betting and powered home in good fashion. Definitely the smartest Frankel two-year-old we have seen this season. I know many of you will state that we haven't seen many. I have to agree. However, a few have been showing a little bit more. 

Ralph Beckett's Fume ran much better stepping up in distance at Leicester although looks a nursery horse. He could well make up into a decent handicapper and likely to get a fair weight. One to consider for the future. May improve for stepping up in trip.

A quick review of this week's two-year-olds. 

Friday 17th August, we see a couple. Debutant Cap Francais and the once-raced Fox Premier. The former is trained by Ed Walker, the latter by Andrew Balding. 

On Saturday, we see another Frankel filly who disappointed when 5/2f for John Gosden. Mehdaayih disappointed to some extent but gave the impression there is better to come. Race comments said:   

''Unfurnished; sweating; held up in touch in the last quartet, effort 3f out, outpaced but headway into midfield and edged right over 1f out, no threat to leaders but kept on steadily inside final furlong (op 3/1)''

Plenty more Frankels coming soon...

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Frankel Watch: 4 Frankels Running This Week

Beat The Bank, trained by Andrew Balding
It's still slow work with a distinct lack of Frankel two-year-olds. Well, perhaps I should say Frankel debutantes (there is one, so fingers crossed).

There are three or four with experience entered to go this week. Here's a quick rundown.

Fume, trained by Ralph Beckett:

This bay son of Frankel has been a bitter disappointment on two starts to date. A very poor/disappointing effort on debut at Doncaster when made 15/8f.  He finished eleventh of fourteen. He was relatively fancied next star when 6/1 at Newbury over 6f. Not beaten a country mile but still only fifth of six. Interesting to see if those two efforts were disappointing or simply hiding a decent type who hasn't had much luck. 

Racing in the ownership of Mr and Mrs David Ackroyd, connections are stepping this colt up in distance. 

Fume has two entries:

Sunday:  (Overnight) at Leicester British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (7f)


Tuesday, 14 August 2018 - 2:45 (Four day) at Ffos Las Download The Free At The Races App Novice Stakes (7½f)


Dombra, trained by Hugo Palmer:

This January foal and bay son of Frankel is a home-bred in the ownership of V I Araci. He has been relatively fancied on all four starts to date over 7f. The best effort coming back in June when runner-up at Salisbury to Forseti. Ran poorly on his third start, then 7th last time out when attempting a Nursery on an official rating of 80. Now dropped 3lb and stepping up in distance, this colt is becoming disappointing.

Dombra has one entry:

Monday, 13 August 2018 - 6:30 (Overnight) at Windsor Prosecco At Venus Wine And Spirits Nursery Handicap (1m)

Cap Francais, trained by Ed Walker: 

Walker has a couple of decent two-year-olds this season so if fancied in the betting it would be a positive. This bay colt is a son of Frankel out of a twice-run, limited mare. He is owned and bred by John Pearce Racing Ltd. 

Cap Francais has two entries:

Tuesday, 14 August 2018 - 2:45 (Four day) at Ffos Las Download The Free At The Races App Novice Stakes (7½f)

Friday, 17 August 2018 - 1:50 (Five day) at Newbury Don Deadman Memorial EBF Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (7f)

Fox Premier, trained by Andrew Balding:

This son of Frankel has raced once for Balding in the ownership of King Power Racing Co Ltd. This 700,000 guinea yearling purchase made his debut at Sandown over 7f, priced 11/4. He finished 6th, beaten over eight lengths, steadily outpaced behind a few capable sorts. Clearly better was expected and there should be more forthcoming on this second start. A Champagne Stakes (Group 2) entry adds to confidence.

Fox Premier has three entries:

Friday, 17 August 2018 - 1:50 (Five day) at Newbury Don Deadman Memorial EBF Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (7f)

Saturday, 15 September 2018 - 3:00 (Early closer) at Doncaster Howcroft Industrial Supplies Champagne Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) (7f)

Saturday, 01 June 2019 - 4:30 (Early closer) at Epsom Investec Derby (Group 1) (Entire Colts & Fillies) (1m4f)

Monday, 6 August 2018

Frankel Watch: First Frankel To Shine With Dubai Beauty

Saeed bin Suroor (not with Dubai Beauty)
It's been a slow start to proceedings. This year's batch of two-year-old Frankels have been kept under wraps. A couple have gone close. However, things are  warming up as we saw a talented horse win on Saturday (4th August). 

Saeed bin Suroor, so much the poor relation to Charlie Appleby in recent years, may have something to smile about. The sun was shining at Newmarket after Dubai Beauty won well by one-and-a-half lengths in the Equine Hospital EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes (Plus 10) over 7f. 

This bay daughter of Frankel is out of a mare called Minidress, who won by four lengths on her debut back in 2011. She raced just four times for shamed trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni. 

Dubai Beauty was fancied to go well, backed to 3/1 in a ten-horse race. The first two pulled clear of the field. 

Race comments: ''Soon pressing leader, ridden 2f out, led 100y out and soon on top''.   

This February foal hasn't received any lofty race entries yet but it is only a matter of time before this bay filly steps up to Group class. 

See the race result here. 

Other Frankel 2yo declared to run this week. 

10th August Haydock - Fume, trained by  Ralph Beckett. Has raced a couple of times, made 15/8f on debut when showing little and then struggling 5th of six at Newbury when priced 6/1. 

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Frankel Watch: On The Quiet Front

Saeed bin Suroor
Unlike last season, there has been very few Frankel two-year-olds making an appearance so far. It's quite interesting why this is the case. It makes me think that the first season, especially, that his breeding campaign would bring about a steady stream of runners: early, middle and late season. As the formative season was such a success, they may have considered there was little else to prove. However, we are into August and we have seen about three or four juveniles. 

Very strange. 

I am intrigued to see how the rest of the season will pan out. Will we see a huge number of runners in the next four months? No idea. There must be a huge increased at some point because I can't imagine this will be a forgettable year. 

So have we got any two-year-old Frankels running this week?

Take a look at these entries:

Thursday:

4:45 Goodwood - Mehdaayih - trained by John Gosden. 

This bay daughter of Frankel, out of a mare called Sayyedati Symphony was entered to run the other week but didn't take part. She is pretty fancied in the betting at 9/2. It suggests this April foal has been ready to run for a while and likely to be fit. Gosden may well have been waiting for the right opportunity. This Class 2 race is worth over £15,000. I expect Mehdaayih to go well. 

Saturday:

3:15 Newmarket - Dubai Beauty - trained by Saeed bin Suroor

Similarly, Dubai Beauty was entered to run last week but has been kept under wraps. This bay daughter of Frankel is out of a mare called Minidress who won on debut for Mamood Al Alzaroooni. 

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Frankel Watch: Dubai Beauty Ready for Saeed bin Suroor

So we are still waiting for a top-class Frankel 2yo to hit the track this season. 

Dubai Beauty is a bay filly and daughter of Frankel out of a mare named Minidress who was trained by disgraced Mahmood Al Zarooni. She raced just four times in her career: twice at two and a couple of outings at three. She won easily by four lengths when making her debut over 7f at Newmarket. Then ran a very respectable race when fourth, beaten two lengths, in the Sahkee Oh So Sharp Stakes (Group 3) at Newmarket. Returning at three, she contested the Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) where she finished 9th, beaten just over five lengths. Dropping back down to Listed class in her final racecourse appearance when stepping up to 1m 2f at Goodwood losing by a neck. 

Dubai Beauty is a home bred for Godolphin. She has received a number of entries for this week and looks likely to be hitting the track. 

3 Racecourse entries:

Thursday   7f Newbury
Thursday   7f Ascot
Friday     7f Thirsk

Other Frankel two-year-olds to run this week may include:

1:50 Sandown (Thursday, 26th) 

Cap Francais trained by Ed Walker in the ownership of John Pearce Racing Ltd. This home bred is out of the mare Miss Cap Ferrat (18 year old mare) who was trained by Geoff Wragg. She raced twice, showing limited ability. 

6:40 Newmarket (Friday, 27th) 

Dombra trained by Hugo Palmer. Raced three times, going close on his second start but somewhat disappointing last time out. 

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Frankel Watch: Mehdaayih To Make Debut For John Gosden

John Gosden: Frankel Watch 2018
A few Frankel 2yos have run this season. Fume. trained by Ralph Beckett, disappointed when favourite on debut at Doncaster on 12th July. This bay colt is likely to show ability next start. 

Interesting to note John Gosden has Mehdaayil, a bay daughter of Frankel, who is ready to make her debut this week. 

She has a couple of entries:

Wednesday:     4:10 Yarmouth 
Thursday:      6:20 Doncaster 

The mare Sayyedati Symphony was trained by Clive Brittain racing seven times without success. She achieved an official rating of 94. This bay raced at pattern class on three occasion when well beaten. She won total prize money of just £4,124. 

Later in the week, Gosden has Frisella entered to run on Friday 21st July 6:10 Newmarket. This daughter of Frankel ran well on debut when 6/5f at Haydock when runner-up to Cupboard Love, losing by half a length. 

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Frankel Watch: Ralph Beckett Fume (In)

Fume, trained by Ralph Beckett
A few more of Frankel's offspring are getting ready to hit the track. 

Interesting to see Ralph Beckett has a prized Frankel two-year-old entered to run at 2:50 Doncaster, 12th July in the 6f (2y) Napoleons Casino and Restaurant Sheffield EBF Maiden Stakes (Class 5) on good to firm going. 

Fume is a bay colt out of the mare Puff. This home bred races in the familiar silks of Mr & Mrs David Aykroyd. The mare [Puff] raced eleven times when trained by Ralph Beckett. She won on debut. Winning at Group 3 but contested Group 1. She raced from six furlongs to one mile and achieved a highest official rating of 108. Perhaps her best performance was seen at two when finishing fourth in the Cheveley park Stakes (Group 1) at Newmarket beaten just over three lengths. Total earnings of just over £80,000. 

Fume has Harry Bentley booked to ride. He has another entry for Friday (13th July). 

Also, on Friday, Dombra, trained by Hugo Palmer, is entered to run at Newmarket over 7f. He went very close second start at Salisbury when beaten a short head after showing ability on debut. 

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Frankel Watch: Fox Premier Ready to Roll for Balding

Vichai Srivaddhanapradha - horse racing
Readers may have seen Hugo Palmer's Dombra narrowly foiled when ''just held'' at Salisbury on 27th June. As yet, this has been the only two-year-old to be seen in our domestic racing. 

However, that could be changing this week with news that Andrew Balding's Fox Premier has been entered for a few races and likely to make his debut at Haydock, Newbury or Sandown.

This son of Frankel cost 700,000 Guineas at the yearling sales. This bay colt is out of the mare Fann who was trained by Clive Brittain in the ownership of Saeed Manana. She raced nineteen times although only achieving one win in a handicap. She was very much a progressive filly who rose dramatically in the official ratings when rising to 104 when going close at Group 2.  

Fox Premier runs in the familiar blue and white silks of Leicester City FC owner Vichai Srivaddhanapradha in the name of King Power Racing Co Ltd.  

See the entries here:

Thursday - 2:30 Haydock - ENTRY
Thursday - 3:30 Haydock - ENTRY 
Thursday - 6:45 Newbury - ENTRY
Friday   - 3:00 Sandown - ENTRY 

Andrew Balding has noted this two-year-old who has been entered to run at Class 2 which brings some confidence. He will be racing over six or seven furlongs. 

In addition, John Gosden may have a Frankel-sired filly running on Friday in the name of Frisella. The mare raced twice for the same connection, winning a maiden on her second start before retiring. This bay filly is a home bred for K. Abdullah. She is entered to run Friday 6th July 6:45 Haydock.