Friday, 3 December 2021

A Frankel Fairy Story for John Leeper Dunlop

I guess most horse racing fans remember John Dunlop

Frankel had made his mark before his licence had expired. 

I wonder if you noticed the connection with the Arundel-based maestro and the Frankel-sired John Leeper? 

Unless you are one of those people who have a fascination with middle names, I doubt it. 

For those who do. 

John Leeper Dunlop OBE trained the winner of 74 Group One races. To add to his achievements let's not forget 10 Classic winners. 

Also, over 3000 winners in total.

Champion trainer in 1995. 

A life's work. 

Sadly, John passed away on the 7th July 2018, aged 78. 

His sons, Ed and Harry, have been in the training ranks since 1995 and 2007 respectively. Both Eton educated, and successful handlers with major wins. 

However, it is fair to say their accolades pale into significance compared to their father. To be fair, Dunlop had a vast career from 1966 - 2012. 

Major wins included: 

1000 Guineas: Quick As Lightning (1980), Salsabil (1990) & Shadayid (1991)

Derby: Shirley Heights (1978) & Erhaab (1998)

Oaks: Circus Plume (1984) & Salsabil (1990)

St Leger: Moon Madness (1986), Silver Patriarch (1997) & Millenary (2000)

It seems a long introduction to get to the heart of this title: A Frankel Fairy Story for John Leeper Dunlop. 

This son of Frankel out of the exceptional dam Snow Fairy, who was trained by Ed Dunlop, had a supreme racing career spanning from 2009 - 2012. 

Race fans will need little help remembering this brilliant horse. She races 21 times, achieving 8 wins, and placed 8 times. 

Snow Fairy was a globe-trotting success story. She raced at Group 1 level and rarely disappointed, a truly consistent horse. Six of her victories came at the highest level racing in countries across the world: England, Ireland, France, Japan & Hong Kong. 

She concluded her racing career with a Group 1 victory at Leopardstown Ireland, winning the Irish Mills Irish Champion Stakes, beating John Gosden's Nathaniel by one-and-a-quarter lengths. 

Total career earning of £3,911,804. 

A horse that you could only hope to own. Anamoine Ltd had the luxury of not only racing this astonishing filly but to appreciate and realise the worth of her offspring. 

Virgin Snow, sired by Gleneagles has proven a lovely, progressive, filly, trained by Ed Dunlop, racing in the familiar Snow Fairy silks of Anamoine Limited. At the time of writing, she has raced 8 times, tasting victory on her first start taking advantage of a lowly handicap mark of 82. She's steadily gone up in the weight and every inch a Group horse. It's only a matter of time before this bay wins at pattern class. 

To be fair John Leeper is a horse breeder's dream. Sired by Frankel and out of Snow Fairy. If ever a horse should be a Group 1 contender this is the one. 

I guess that is a story for many blue bloods.

John Leeper is one of the best horses in Ed Dunlop's stable. In fact, I would imagine La Grange Stables will be looking forward to this new Flat turf season. 

This bay colt, born on the 28th April 2018, may well have needed time to mature. However, he was far from disgraced on his debut at Doncaster on the 11th September 2020. Making his debut over 7f, he was half fancied in the betting, with an 8/1 SP. He finished a creditbale fourth, beaten three-and-a-quarter lengths. 

This year will see a much better horse. I'm excited to see where John Leeper makes his return as a three-year-old. 

Ed Dunlop and owners Anamoine Limited will be meticulously planning this year's campaign. Long term plans include the Epsom Derby (Group 1) and the Irish Derby (Group 1). 

Perhaps John Leeper Dunlop will transcend life in the name of another Classic winner. 

Wouldn't that be a Fairy story come true?

Good luck to connections.

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Princesse D'or Heads to Kempton to Make her Debut (10th November)

If money talks, there should be lots of gossip surrounding the debut of Frankel filly Princesse D'or who makes her debut at Kempton this evening. 

Charlie Appleby has been in fine form all season with his two-year-olds and this bay filly, an April foal, is bred to be a class apart. The sales price of 2,000,000 guineas is enough to catch the attention of most, let alone when you have a closer look at her breeding. 

A half-sister to Golden Horn out of the unraced mare Fleche D'or. 

Golden Horn won over £4M in prize money from 7 victories and now a stallion with a fee of £10,000. 

Princesse D'or is a full sister to Dhahabi who cost 3,100,000 guineas and winner on debut for connections and placed in pattern class on his next two starts. 

Princesse D'or makes her debut at Kempton (5:00) contesting the 1m Unibet/British Stallions Studs EBF Fillies' Stakes (GBB Race) (Div I) (Class 5) (2yo)

In what looks a competitive heat, Roger Varian's Al Husn will make the most of her experience, especially after a slow start from a plum draw in stall 1. 

There has been money fro Princesse D'or who has to negate a wide draw in stall 12 which is far from ideal for a debutante on a turning course. However, racing over one mile, gives time to find her stride and ability should come to the fore. 

Clive Cox's Yarraluma ran well last time out at Great Yarmouth, while Peace Offering ran a fine race on debut at Nottingham for Lord Lloyd-Webber, racing in his familiar silks. 

To add to the mix Simon Crisford fields Ammolite who won on debut 162-days ago. 

This should be a stiff race and a competitive introduction to Princesse D'or who will have her supporters. 

Good luck to connections. 


Photo: Racing Post 

Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Frankel Watch 2021: Inspiral Makes Successful 2yo Debut for Cheveley Park Stud

Frankel-sired Inspiral, trained by John & Thady Gosden made an exciting debut at Newmarket in the Close Brothers Maiden Fillies' Stakes over 7f. 

This bay daughter of Frankel out of a debut-winning mare [Starscope] who raced eight times in her career and runner-up in the 2012 Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes (Group 1) when a long way behind the impressive Homecoming Queen. She had a highest official rating of 110 and total earnings of £158,372. 

Inspiral, a March foal, owned and bred by Cheveley Park Stud, was fancied in the betting at odds of 2/1. 

After being towards the rear of the field, she made headway on the outer 3f out, prominent when pushed along 2f out, chased leader inside final furlong, ran on well and led towards finish. A fine ride by Robert Havlin to win by one-and-a-half-lengths from Ardbraccan, trained by Richard Hannon, who was promoted to second after being hampered by Calm Skies who wandered in the closing stages. 

Source: Racing Post 

Thady Gosden, joint-trainer said: ''She will get a mile in time and we may well go small steps with her to give her more experience. They went steady enough early on and she finished off nicely.''

Good luck to connections. 

In a follow-up to the original post, it's great to see the progress of Inspiral who closed the Flat turf season 2021 with four victories. Without doubt, she is the class act for Frankel fillies in the UK, culminating in a ready victory of the bet365 Fillies' Mile. 

A truly impressive formative season and leading Classic hope. 

Sunday, 3 October 2021

Frankel Colt Al Mubhir Backed to Win on Newmarket Debut (3rd October 2021)

William Haggas is a trainer to take note of when sending his debutantes to Newmarket and that proved to be the case when Al Mubhir flew home to take the MansionBet Beaten By A Head Stakes (GBB Race) (Class 4) (2yo) 7f Row on Good going. 

This chestnut colt, a son of Frankel out of the mare Muffri'Ha in the ownership of Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum was seriously backed from an opening price of 12/1 - 9/2. William Buick gave this February foal a confident ride: ''Towards rear, steady headway on outer over 2f, pushed along over 1f out, led inside final 110yds, comfortably.''

William Haggas said: ''Al Mubhir did that nicely. The jockey liked him but said he knew nothing so we might have to run him again but he was a bit spicy after the race so we'll have to see.''

This looks one of the best performances from this year's crop of two-year-old recruits and no mean feat beating Filistine trained by John Gosden and First Officer, trained by Roger Varian, who finished with some verve. 

The mare Muffri'Ha was similarly owned and trained over four seasons (2014 - 17), racing 28 times, achieving 7 wins including a Group 3 success at Newmarket and placed at Group 1. She had a highest official rating of 109 and total earnings of £268,072. 

Al Mubhir is an exciting prospect who is likely to race at Group class and may be a candidate for the 2,000 Guineas.

This was Frankel's 349th individual winner. 

Good luck to connections.

Saturday, 4 September 2021

Son of Frankel Triple Time Wins Ascendant Stakes Listed Race for Kevin Ryan (4th September)

Triple Time proved a star turn for this seasons crop of Frankel two-year-olds with an authoritative win at Haydock this afternoon. 

Kevin Ryan's charge won the Betfair Exchange Ascendant Stakes Listed Race in good style beating Godolphin's hot favourite Hafit who started odds-on after winning on debut. Triple Time, racing in the familiar silks of owner Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum, was pushed out to win by one-and-a-half lengths. 

Andrea Atzeni gave this progressive colt an educated ride sitting in the rear after dwelling at the start and taking a keen hold, but soon making his move at the furlong pole to test the opposition by leading and increasing the tempo, facing challengers at the two pole before keeping on strongly to win in good style. 

Triple Time has raced four times to date, making his debut back in June at Leicester when contesting a hot Maiden Stakes, won by John Gosden's Dhabab, finishing a running-on third over 6f. He ran a sterling race on his second start at Haydock when stepping up a furlong to Mr McCann. Then thrashing his opponents when returning to the course, stepping up to one mile, winning impressively by nine-and-a-half lengths.

Today's victory detailed one of the better Frankel two-year-olds for this present season. 

This home bred is out of a three-time winning mare, Reem Three, who was trained by Luca Cumain in 2005 - 2006, racing just eight times and Listed placed. 

Kevin Ryan quoted: I was very worried about the ground but Sheikh Mohammed Obaid is not afraid of getting beaten and he said let's find out now. And TRIPLE TIME has handled it. We'll have to discuss but he's done everything he needed to this year, he's identified himself as a very talented horse. He's going to be very exciting for next year. Ten furlongs is probably as far as he wants to go and we think of him as a Guineas horse.

Racing Result: Source Racing Post

Friday, 6 August 2021

Frankel Offspring 2021: Perfect News Goes Well on Yarmouth Debut

This seaside destination has seen its share of classy two-year-olds. 

William Haggas is no stranger to unveiling talented juveniles and this mile straight is a lovely course to make a start to a racing career. 

4th August, Great Yarmouth, saw Perfect News make her debut when contesting the Diomed EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes (GBB Race) (Class 5) (2yo) (6f3y) 6f on good going. 

If you are looking for a well bred two-year-old then you will go a long way to find a potential talent such as Perfect News. This daughter of Frankel is out of a very memorable horse, Besharah, who was similarly owned and trained. She made her mark over two seasons 2015 - 2016 when racing 12 times. Her formative season was particularly impressive with four victories from seven starts including comfortable wins at Group 3 & 2, and placed when concluding her two-year-old season losing by less than one length when favourite in the Cheveley Park Stud (Group 1), staying on behind Mark Johnston's Lumiere. 

Source: Racing Post 

If Perfect News can achieve half of the success of her mother Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum will be a very happy owner. 

Perfect News made a lovely introduction when finishing just under two lengths behind the talented and experienced Princess Shabnam (see her at Tattersalls breeze-up Sales) who was tasting victory for the first time after two dashing efforts, finishing runner-up to another Frankel talent in Frankella, trained by Andrew Balding, who was far from disgraced when fifth a Listed class. 

Liam Jones gave Perfect News a tentative introduction, sitting just behind the lead, progressing nicely through the race, bustled along at the two pole, before closing on the winner in the closing stages to take second place in easy fashion but always held by the victor. 

Ridden with hands and heels, Perfect News is a two-year-old with a future and she is likely to improve markedly for this first effort and could well be stepped up to 7f. 

Source: Racing Post 

There's every chance this March foal will be contesting group class. 

Winning will be a formality. 

Good luck to connections.

Update: 18th August 2021

Good to see Perfect News winning second start at Carlisle

Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Frankel Filly With The Moonlight Wins for Godolphin

I'm pretty sure With The Moonlight was a historic winner for the super sire Frankel. This daughter of Frankel was his 800th offspring winner. In addition, Juddmonte announced the 75th Stakes winner for Frankel

A mark of a true champion. 

However, any punter who bet on With The Moonlight, who raced over one mile at Chelmsford, her second start, looked anything but the winner showing signs of inexperience and even given a crack of the whip in the first couple of furlongs, before getting her act together and catching Mark Johnston's Noonie in the closing half furlong. 

Assistant trainer, Alex Merriman said: ''With The Moonlight got the job done nicely and I think the one mile trip suited her. She's learned from her first run and we're really pleased. I'm not sure where she'll go next as I've not spoken to Charlie yet. We'll have to wait and see what he wants to do.'' 

Charlie Appleby's bay filly out of Sand Vixen, who was trained by Saeed bin Suroor, a three-time-winning mare, who won the Flying Childers Group 2, and concluded her career when unplaced in the Cheveley Park Stakes (Group 1). She raced just six times in her formative season achieving an official rating of 107, and total earning of £72,256. 

With The Moonlight is likely to progress with her racing and contest pattern class this season. 

Good luck to connections. 

Source: Racing Post 

Saturday, 10 July 2021

Andrew Balding's Frankella Makes it Third Time Lucky (10th July)

They say the best things are worth waiting for and I'm sure that's the thought of connections as Frankel filly, Frankella, made it third time lucky when winning at Newmarket on the 8th July. This daughter of Frankel out of the Group 1 winning mare Arabian Queen who raced in the same ownership for John Smith. 

However, Frankella hadn't looked a star turn on her two formative starts. She was fancied to go well on her debut at Salisbury when racing over six furlongs but disappointed finishing fifth of nine behind Alfaila, trained by Owen Burrows. Frankella made her return to Salisbury, just ten days later, stepping up to seven furlongs on good to soft going when contesting what looked a very hot maiden. Balding's charge led for a long way before tiring in the final furlong to finish seventh, beaten seventeen-and-a-half lengths. 

To be fair, things weren't looking too promising for this well-bred filly. 

Perhaps making her third start at Newmarket, contesting a Class 2 race, was a sign that she was still held in high regard by Kingsclere Stables. 

In fact, this small, compact filly, was well backed before drifting late in the betting to return at odds of 20/1. 

Racing on faster ground and dropping back to six furlongs saw a purposeful victory, leading for most of the way and holding the late charge of Sean Wood's Princess Shabnam, to win by half-a-length. 

Source: Racing Post

It was interesting that Andrew Balding could offer no explanation of the apparent improvement in form. 

However, Oisin Murphy, jockey, said: ''That was a really good result and it was great for the family. Frankella has improved for dropping back to six furlongs and she is very talents.''

From a breeding perspective, this win is worth its weight in gold and there could be more to come. 

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Frankel 2yo Sadmah Wins on Debut at Haydock (10th June)

They say all good things come to those who wait. 

I'm sure punters felt the same when they saw Kevin Ryan's Frankel filly Sadmah after looking flat-footed at the two-furlong pole. 

In fact some unlucky layers gave odds of 229/1 in-running when they thought it was money in the bank! 

This daughter of Frankel out of a three-time winning Australian race mare [Mossfun] could be a very talented and progressive filly for owners Emirates Park Pty Ltd. The trainer's son, Adam Ryan, said this was the first horse the stable had trained for these new owners who have a number horses in training with John Gosden, William Haggas & Jason Ward to name a few. This good-looking filly was in contention but lost her position mid race and was outpaced and three lengths behind the lead when she cracked on with a couple of taps of the whip and given a lovely ride by Kevin Stott. The 6/1 shot fairly scorched home in the last 100m after looking unlikely to figure. She won going away by three-quarter of a length. This would have been significantly more if not showing signs of inexperience. 

Adam Ryan said: 

QUOTES: I'm delighted with that. SADMAH is a filly that had been showing the right signs at home but it's the first day at school and she was in the stalls a long time. She was a little bit outpaced when they quickened things up but that's to be expected first time out and she stayed on strongly and hit the line well. It's our first winner for Emirates Park and I hope she has a bright future. She looks like a filly who will do better in time, her pedigree suggests that - Adam Ryan, assistant trainer.

Photo: Sadmah winning at Haydock 

Friday, 4 June 2021

Frankel 2yo Eye Catchers for 2021

It's been a little while since I last write a post. As you may appreciate the Frankel two-year-olds (2yos) for the 2021 season are in no rush to reveal themselves. However, we do have three talented juveniles to detail which all will be winners although one of those has proven to be a disappointment and odds-on loser. 

Put these in your notebook.

Triple Time, trained by Kevin Ryan.

This son of Frankel out of a three-time winning mare made a taking debut at Leicester [1/6/21]. Racing in the familiar silks of Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum, this March foal faced stiff competition over 6f on good-to-firm ground. A gallant third place looked all the more promising when you watch the race as this bay colt was dramatically slow from the stalls, keen, but ran on in the fashion of a classy horse. There will be lots more to come from this good-looking son of Frankel. Kevin Ryan does well with his two-year-olds and seen a number of winners this season. There was money for Triple Time who was backed from 9/1 - 17/2. The form of that race will hold up and John Gosden's winner Dhabab looks a real talent, while Archie Watson's second placed Sweeping will be winning soon. It's not beyond the realms Triple Time is the best of the lot. I'd be surprised if he doesn't win next time out in a normal maiden and connections could fancy a chance at Royal Ascot.    

Find, trained by John Gosden. 

Another Frankel colt in the capable care of John & Thady Gosden. This April foal is owned by Prince A A Faisal, a home bred from Nawara Stud Limited. This bay colt is out of a very talented mare who four times from nineteen starts, victorious at Grade 1, accruing over £500,000 in total prize earnings.  Find made his debut at Great Yarmouth [28/5/21] over 7f on good ground. This race fielded a number of talented two-year-olds including the comfortable winner New Science trained by Charlie Appleby for Godolphin who proved a classy favourite and clearly a horse that will contend group class racing sooner than later. Find was fancied in the betting [11/2]. Draw in stall one, this good-looking colt, who looked in very good condition, travelled just in behind the pace, hitting the front at the two pole, going as well as anything, and not given a hard time at all in the closing furlong when the favourite went on. I would expect a big run on his second start and another to be contesting pattern class. I'm pretty sure the form of the Yarmouth race will reveal a number of winners. 

Fall Of Rome, trained by Charlie Appleby. 

This bay colt is an April foal in training with Charlie Appleby in the familiar royal blue silks of Godolphin. This son of Frankel is out of a debut-winning mare who also prevailed at Listed class, and contested pattern class on six occasions. 

Fall Of Rome has been something of a punter's nightmare, beaten favourite on his first two starts to date and failing to shine when only finishing third at odds-on [4/11] when the going may have been a touch too soft for this horse. He looked something of an unlucky loser when running from a long way off the pace at Ascot on debut when racing over 5f which may have been on the sharp side. By all accounts it was a disappointing effort at Goodwood but I'm sure a win will be coming within the next few starts. Perhaps a drop back in distance on better ground will be the answer. 

Three promising Frankel 2yo colts who will be winning soon.

Saturday, 8 May 2021

How much Money did Frankel cost as a Yearling?

How much money did Frankel cost as a yearling?

Frankel didn't have a cost because he was home bred by Juddmonte Farms Ltd, in the ownership of Khalid bin Abdullah Al Saud. Sadly the Prince passed away on the 12th January 2021. His association with top-class thoroughbreds including Frankel, Enable and Dancing Brave detail a truly successful owner breeder of the highest repute. 

So Frankel was never sent to the sales as a foal, yearling or two-year-old. 

The mare of Frankel named Kind is the mother of a number of very talented thoroughbreds including: Frankel, Noble Mission, Bullet Train, Joyeuse and Morpheus. 

Frankel is sired by the legendary Galileo who was sire of Noble Mission, a full-brother to Frankel. 

Both are sires standing at Banstead Manor Stud, Newmarket. 

Frankel has a stud fee of £175,000, this was raised from an initial £125,000 in 2018. Frankel has been standing at stud since 2013. 

Of his progeny a number of horses have proved very successful including:

Frankel's Top 5 Offspring Earners

Cracksman who was trained by John Gosden, winning 8 of his 11 races and achieving total prize earnings of £2,793,064. He, too, has been standing as a stallion for a fee of £17,500 since 2019.

Mozu Ascot, who was trained in Japan by Yoshito Yahagi, who won 3 of his 18 races but total earnings of £2,565,988. He now stands as a stallion at Arrow Stud, Japan. He costs 2,000,000 JPY. 

Soul Stirring, trained by Kazuo Fujisawa, in Japan, in the ownership of Shadai Race Horse Co Ltd. This mare raced 14 times with 3 wins with total earnings of £1,851,057.

Call The Wind, still in training in France, with Freddy Head, in the ownership of George Strawbridge. This son of Frankel has (at the time of writing) total earnings of £1,718,871. 

Simply Brilliant, originally in training with Richard Fahey until changed trainer in November 2017 when heading to Hong Kong with F C Lor in the ownership of Simply Brilliant Syndicate. At the time of writing (as she is still in training) she has achieved total prize winnings of £1,158,510. 

Frankel continues to sire exceptional horses, which race around the world. 

They continue to sell yearlings in the millions.

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Did Frankel Win the Epsom Derby?

Did Frankel win the Epsom Derby?

The simple answer is no. 

Sir Henry Cecil's colt went on to be unbeaten in 14 starts over three seasons from 2010 - 2012. 

In my opinion his greatest performance was seen in the 2000 Guineas, which took place at Newmarket's Rowley Mile. 

Cecil considered running Frankel in the Epsom Derby, probably knowing it would be the ultimate victory of an exceptional horse. He made the decision to stick to one mile with the exception of his final two starts when stepping up to 1m 2 1/2f when pulverising the opposition at York by seven lengths. 

His victory in the Juddmonte International Stakes (Group 1) as he was priced 1/10f. Race comments: ''Went clear one furlong out, impressive.''

Frankel concluded his racing career at Ascot when winning the Champion Stakes which is raced over 1m 2f. 

Perhaps one of the bravest decisions made by Sir Henry Cecil was not being tempted to run Frankel in the Epsom Derby and chancing whether he would have sufficient stamina to last 1m 4f. 

It would have been the colt's ultimate test. 

Would he have won the Epsom Derby? 

I wouldn't even like to answer that question because, in truth, I don't feel qualified or opinionated to do so. 

You have to consider that the decision to race or not in the Derby was taken long and hard and connections simply didn't want to take the chance of a loss. 

In hindsight, it was most probably the right decision. To finish his racing career unbeaten there is always the mystique of thinking what was possible. 

He did the impossible but he could have possibly done more. 

Perhaps he could well have won the Epsom Derby. 

We can only imagine.

Related story: Ducking the Epsom Derby no disgrace for 2,000 Guineas winner Frankel

Monday, 3 May 2021

Could We See the First Frankel Sired 2YO for 2021 Season?

Could We See the First Frankel Sired 2YO for 2021 Season?

Ascot here we come!

We can only cross our fingers and hope. 

I don't know about you, but I've been checking the Flat racing entries and hoping to see the first Frankel two-year-old of this year's crop. Nothing to note in March or April. Lots of three year olds including two starts in Snow Lantern and John Leeper who are sure to continue in great form and race at pattern class. 

But no two-year-olds. 

However, checking the entries today, I see that Charlie Appleby has Wild Beauty entered to run at Ascot on the 7th May. Only time will tell. At this time, sixteen runners are entered for the 5f British Stallions Stud EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes (Class 4). 

This daughter of Frankel is out of a twice-winning French-raced mare, Tulips, who won at Listed class and contested Group 1, when finishing a creditable fourth. This home bred for Godolphin hails from a stable that does particularly well with its two-year-old debutantes racing in the month May. 

Wild Beauty a March foal, could shortly be making her appearance and may well be heading to Royal Ascot if winning on debut. 

Follow Wild Beauty's entries here. 

Good luck to connections.

Photo: Pixabay free for commercial use and no attribution but given 

Thursday, 15 April 2021

Snow Lantern Lighting the Way for Hannon in 1000 Guineas (7th March)

Frankel blog is all about the offspring of the most famous racehorse and stallion. 

Don't believe me, then remember he's unbeaten, has an endless string of pattern-class progeny, and a stallion fee of £175,000.

Not convinced?

Get ready for this new Flat turf season and the Classics. 

One filly who may have slipped under the radar is Snow Lantern. This daughter of Frankel is exceptionally bred. Out of a mare most race fans will remember as a rare talent in the ownership of Rockliffe Stud. 

Richard Hannon trained both mother and daughter. 

Who could forget Sky Lantern?

She raced 16 times times achieving 6 wins and 4 second places. 

This daughter of Red Clubs had total earnings of  £803,878. She won her debut in flying form, thrashing the opposition by three-and-a-half lengths, an even-money shot at Goodwood, ridden by Richard Hughes. 

Clearly, connections knew she was a cut above the norm - and they were right. 

From that day, the racing calendar was all about contesting Group races. 

Winners included: 

Two-Year-Old Wins 

Debut, Goodwood

Listed, Naas

Group 1, Moyglare, Curragh 

Three-Year-Old Wins 

Group 1, 1000 Guineas, Newmarket 

Group 1, Coronation Stakes, Royal Ascot 

Group 1, King Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes, Royal Ascot 

Getting Ready for the Newmarket 1000 Guineas 2021

Snow Lantern was well respected last season as a two-year-old. However, connections were in no rush with her and this Flat turf season 2021 is the plan. Not to say she didn't catch the eye when making her debut on the 25th July, Ascot, the Betfred Supports Jack Berry House British EBF Stakes over 7f on Good to Firm going. 

She was pretty fancied, too. 

With a starting price of 6/1, there were real expectations of a debut win. I was very interested in this grey filly that day. However, she was tardy from the stalls and it looked a stiff task with the experienced Gosden runner, Isle Of May, setting decent fractions. Even at the 2-pole Snow Lantern looked as if this racecourse bow was more about experience than winning. Heading into the final furlong, this March foal was gathering stride, making stylish headway for Pat Dobbs who was at pains to give this youngster a nice introduction. 

She finished a creditable second behind Zabeel Queen, trained by Roger Varian, who has run very well at pattern class on her next two starts and holds entries for the Irish 1000 Guineas and Oaks. 

Snow Lantern is a filly I will be watching out for this new Flat turf season. She has entries for the English and Irish 1000 Guineas and may hold claims at did odds. 

1000 Guineas 33/1 (Newmarket)

Snow Lantern will progress this season and the extra furlong will suit. I'm not sure if connections will line her up for a Classic trial such as the Nell Gwyn Stakes (Group 3) and Fred Darling Stakes (Group 3). It's often a strength to go straight for the race. 

Good luck to connections. 

Update: A lovely victory for Snow Lantern on her return at Newbury racing over 1m. This comfortable victory now sees the Frankel filly as short as 8/1. The 33/1 looks an inspired ante-post bet. 

Looking forward to the 1000 Guineas and a big performance. 

See the previous winners of the 1000 Guineas here. 

Sadly, Snow Lantern will miss the 1000 Guineas with connection opting for one of two races at the York meeting. 

A shame in ways.

Photo: Sky Lantern 

Some praise by Richard Hannon on the daughter of Frankel and Sky Lantern' SNOW LANTERN:

Saturday, 13 March 2021

Frankel Fillies Earmarked for 2021 Newmarket 1000 Guineas

Looking at the Frankel offspring for this year's 2021 1000 Guineas. This Classic race takes place on the 2nd May on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket. 

It's a race that dates back to 1814. The first winner was named Charlotte, trained by Tom Perren, ridden by Tom Cliff, and in the ownership of Christoper Wilson. 

In recent years, Aidan O'Brien has made this race his own winning four of the last five contests with some exceptionally thoroughbreds including Minding (2016), Winter (2017), Hermosa (2019) and last year saw Love win, ridden by Ryan Moore for owners Magnier, Tabor & Smith. This daughter of Galileo has won 6 of her 10 starts, 4 victories at Group 1 class and over £700,000 in total earning. 

See a list of recent 1000 Guineas winners here. 

Many race fans will remember that a Frankel-sire filly competed in the 2020 1000 Guineas. Roger Charlton's Quadrilateral was sent off 11/4f. She had headed to Newmarket unbeaten in her three starts at two. She finished third behind Love, beaten four-and-a-half lengths. 

So how will Frankel's offspring go this year's 1000 Guineas. 

By all accounts, we are looking at limited stock, certainly numbers, as, at the time of writing, there are just two British-trained fillies earmarked for this second Classic of the season. 

There are 63 entrants at this stage with a maximum of just 25 possible runners on the day. With no guarantee that any Frankel three-year-old fillies will make the big day, these candidates will need to put their best foot forward on the commencing of the new season. It's likely they will contest a Classic trail and decisions will be made.

Vesela, trained by Ralph Beckett, in the ownership of Juddmonte, Khalib bin Abdullah Al Saud

This bay daughter of Frankel, out of a two-time winning mare, who was successful at Listed class. 

Vesela disappointed on debut at Newmarket over 7f when a 11/2 shot, finishing tenth of fifteen and beaten over ten lengths. 

Much better was seen second start when stepping up to one mile when winning by a head. 

Clearly, there is much improvement needed to see his February foal be one of the leading lights and the odds of 50/1 suggest this too. 

However, Beckett has earmarked the 1000 Guineas as the route for this winner and we will follow her progress this Flat turf season 2021. 

The other filly, in my opinion, may have stronger claims.

Frankel Blog has mentioned this daughter of Frankel in one of our recent post. Snow Lantern is the daughter of Sky Lantern (pictured), similarly trained by Richard Hannon. The dam was an exceptional filly winning the 2013 1000 Guineas [the 200th running]. 

You can learn more about Sky Lantern and Snow Lantern by reading this post: Snow Lantern Lighting the Way for Hannon in 1000 Guineas  

Snow Lantern is a grey filly, owned and bred by Rockcliffe Stud. Richard Hannon suggested she would go for a Guineas trial and head to the 1000 Guineas.

With a sole race under her belt, when finishing a creditable runner-up at Ascot, there is a lot of improvement needed but also to come. 

The ante-post betting for the 1000 Guineas sees Snow Lantern priced 33/1 with bookmakers. 

It would seem that Frankel has a limited number of quality three-year-olds racing over one mile. In fact, there are just two British-trained offspring of this exceptional racehorse and sire entered at this stage for the 2000 Guineas which is set to take place on the 1st May 2021.

Good luck to connections. 

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Frankel Offspring Heading for 2021 Guineas Glory

With the 2021 Flat turf season on the horizon we're looking at the 2000 Guineas betting markets. 

How many Frankel-sired three-year-olds are heading to Newmarket to compete on 1st May? 

From a vast string of Frankel two-year-olds, the number of live candidates are few. In fact, just two Frankel British-trained colts may be heading to the Guineas Rowley Mile. Part of the QIPCO British Champions Series. 

With win prize money of £212,663 competition is stiff. 

Starting with the 2000 Guineas, 1st May 2021

Just two Frankel three-year-old colts have been given entries for this prestigious Group 1 race. Not forgetting, Frankel won the 2000 Guineas back in 2011. Personally, I think this was one of his most impressive wins. I will add a YouTube video for readers to enjoy. I have never seen a horse hold such an incredible advantage when racing at the highest level. 

A truly exceptional racehorse and stallion. 

Anyway, let's get to the Frankel 2000 Guineas hopes.

At the time of writing there are 72 entrants with a maximum of 25 horses allowed to take part on the big day. 

Take a look at the 2000 Guineas entries here.  

Latest Generation, trained by Simon & Ed Crisford, in the ownership of Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum.   

This son of Frankel is exceptionally well bred out of Rizeena, who was a supreme talent for Clive Brittain in his latter years of training. She raced 16 times achieving 5 wins, the same number of seconds and one third place. 

She raced 14 times at Group level, a dual Group one winner including the Curragh's Moyglare Stud Stakes (Group 1), Ireland, aged two & Coronation Stakes (Group 1) at Royal Ascot, aged three. 

Rizeena ran in the 1000 Guineas (2014) when finishing seventh behind Miss France. Clive Brittain's filly was fancied to go well and priced 9/2. 

A class filly, she was runner-up on four other occasions at the highest level. 

With an all-time high official rating of 115 and total earning of £632,315, it's no surprise she is remembered by many. 

Simon & Ed Crisford will be hoping Latest Generation can live up to the lofty heights of his mother. 

This bay colt, a February foal, is presently a 50/1 shot for the 2000 Guineas. He has run three times in his formative season. 

He won comfortably on his second start at Doncaster (1m) and dipped his toe into pattern class when a 5/1 chance. He was well beaten in the Emirates Autumn Stakes (Group 3) when finishing seventh a similar number of lengths behind One Ruler, trained by Charlie Appleby. 

By all accounts, Latest Generation needs to find a good deal of improvement to win this Classic race, although it is an open race with the O'Brien family (Aidan & Joseph) holding the first four favourites although the shortest being 8/1. 

The other Frankel 2000 Guineas hope is a similarly exceptionally well bred horse. In fact the sire winning the 2000 Guineas in 2011 and the dam winning the 1000 Guineas in 2004. 

Sayf Al Dawla, trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam is very much an unknown quantity and needs to be the exception to the rule. This unraced colt, an April foal, must have been catching the eye on the gallops.

In the ownership of Ms Sally Elizabeth Wall, this son of Frankel cost 525,000 guineas at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sales (Book 1) 2019 [Lot 180]. He was originally purchased by Phoenix Thoroughbreds.    

As noted, the dam of Sayf Al Dawla was an exceptionally talented racehorse and prolific dam, who was trained by Mark Johnston.

Attraction is a horse that hit the headlines for her talent and poor conformation. 

She raced 15 times and achieved 10 wins, runner-up on two occasions. In fact, she won her first eight races consecutively. 

Attraction, was something of an enigma, renowned for her wonky legs, she was every inch a superstar. 

In fact, her half length win in the 1000 Guineas (2004) was part of that successive effort. For good measure she headed to the Curragh three weeks later winning the Irish 1000 Guineas in comfortable fashion. 

Racing at Group one class nine times she won five times and was runner-up on two occasions. 

With a highest official rating of 119, she had total earnings of £899,597. 

Probably one of the best racing and breeding mares on the planet. 

It will be interesting to see how Sayf Al Dawla goes this new Flat turf season and whether this son of Frankel is a live chance to make the Guineas. Considering he is priced 40/1, he must be held is some regard and has lofty expectations. 

In addition, he has an entry for the Epsom Derby and ante post priced at 100/1.

Sayf Al Dawla will most likely make his appearance early season and win a maiden before perhaps a Classic trial. 

Although a colt who is held in high regard, very much at the start of his journey as a potentially smart racehorse. 

Looking forward to the 2000 Guineas?

We would love to hear your thoughts.

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Frankel 2yos for Clive Cox Flat Turf Season 2021

Clive Cox is a quietly spoken man who lets his horses do the talking. 

Taking a look at last year's two-year-olds he knows his horses and places them exceptionally well. 

Let's take a look at the Frankel two-year-old for Clive Cox this Flat turf season 2021. 

Surac is a son of Frankel out of a French-raced mare who cost £130,000 at the yearling sales. This bay colt was bred by Rockhart Trading Ltd. He is a full brother to Old Glory who cost a giant 1,600,000 euros, who made a winning debut at Naas (2018) when in training with Aidan O'Brien. At the time of writing, this colt has raced nine times and won prize money of £45,871. This colt is now in training with  H Al Ramzani at Doha, the capital of Qatar. 

I see that Clive has another Frankel colt, at present unnamed. This son of Frankel, out of the mare One Last Dance, bred by Fairway Thoroughbreds. 

When you consider Cox trained Nando Parrado (pictured) went to Royal Ascot and won the Coventry Stakes (Group 2) at odds of 150/1, you don't need to think what he can do with a few Frankel offspring. 

Good look to connections. 

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

How Do I Find the Names of Frankel Offspring?

There is a buzz of anticipation. 

I'm not saying I've had sleepless nights, but I am on the edge of my seat. Why? Well, I want to know the names of this year's crop of Frankel two-year-old racehorses. There are hell and all information on the internet but finding what you want fast can lead you down a blind alley of clickbait and ponds filled with piranha. 

OK, perhaps that is a little full-on but you know the score. Sometimes you need info fast and that where Frankel Blog comes into the equation. 

Frankel Blog is dedicated to following the story of this exceptional stallions colt's and fillies who are ready to hit the headlines. As we have seen over the years, there are top quality horses waiting to be found. 

However, you want to know that all-important horse name, trainer, breeder and even the country they are trained. 

There is one page which you need to bookmark because it tells you all the information you need. 

Take a look at Juddmonte Stallion Frankel Two Year Olds Page and you won't need to search the internet to horses you will want to put in your notebook. 

Good luck.  

Friday, 15 January 2021

Cheltenham Festival 2021 Champion Hurdle Day Favourites and Their Sires

While Frankel is without question one of the greatest racehorses of all-time, his career at stud has seen the vast majority of his progeny run on the Flat. The one area in which we are all waiting for him to make an impact is a sire of National Hunt racehorses. 

The great thing about breeding racehorses is equine greatness can spring from various sources. 

Looking into the pedigrees of four favourites from Champion Hurdle day at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, you can see what we mean. 

Shishkin (Sholokhov) 

Strong Arkle fancy Shishkin was sired by Sholokhov, making him a half-brother to 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Don Cossack. That suggests he will appreciate even further than two miles over fences in time. 

Sholokhov won the Gran Criterium at the San Siro track in Milan, Italy as a juvenile but frequently butted heads with Hawk Wing when trained in Ireland by Aidan O’Brien. His 200/1 second in the 2002 Irish Derby behind High Chaparral almost caused one of the biggest upsets in horse racing history.

Shishkin (Sholokhov) 

Strong Arkle fancy Shishkin was sired by Sholokhov, making him a half-brother to 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Don Cossack. That suggests he will appreciate even further than two miles over fences in time. 

Sholokhov won the Gran Criterium at the San Siro track in Milan, Italy as a juvenile but frequently butted heads with Hawk Wing when trained in Ireland by Aidan O’Brien. His 200/1 second in the 2002 Irish Derby behind High Chaparral almost caused one of the biggest upsets in horse racing history.

Epatante (No Risk At All)

The up-and-coming sire behind reigning Champion Hurdle heroine Epatante is No Risk At All. It’s fair to say that the daughter has far surpassed her father on the track already and can look forward to life after racing as a broodmare. 

No Risk At All twice won at Listed level when trained in France as a juvenile. Although struggling the following year, he recorded consecutive Group 3 successes as a four-year-old.

Epatante, who is a half-sister to smart Irish chaser Allaho, has three Grade 1 victories and counting on her own CV so far. She remains the one to beat for the powerful connections of trainer Nicky Henderson and owner JP McManus in the 2021 Champion Hurdle.

Honeysuckle (Sulamani)


As yet undefeated on the track, Henry De Bromhead’s star mare Honeysuckle is by globetrotting sire Sulamani. Victorious in the 2002 Prix du Jockey Club, also known as the French Derby, he also won Group/Grade 1 races in four other countries. 

Sulamani was still useful as a five-year-old when he took the Juddmonte International at York and Canadian International at Woodbine. There is a definite emphasis on stamina in his progeny. 

Honeysuckle is the half-sister of 2016 Grand National hero Rule The World, who famously went into the world’s greatest steeplechase as a maiden over fences. She is also ante post favourite for consecutive Mares’ Hurdle victories at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival. 

Galvin (Gold Well) 

It seems hard to believe that a prolific and successful racehorse sire wouldn’t have had a good career on the track themselves, but that’s not the case with Gold Well. His son, Galvin, has been put away for the winter by Irish trainer Gordon Elliott for a tilt at the National Hunt Chase. 

Gold Well has never had in a race in his life, but is a brother to the prolific stallion Montjeu and that is all the recommendation required. Proof, as if it were needed, of his credentials can be found courtesy of Holywell, a Grade 1 winning novice chaser, and 2018 Irish Grand National scorer General Principle.