Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Frankel Watch 2019: Fred to Make his Debut for Mark Johnston

Frankel Watch 2019: Fred to Make his Debut for Mark Johnston
Mark Johnston has made a promising start to the two-year-old season. Readers may have seen Misty Grey scorch home by seven lengths at Ripon. All the more impressive after this son of Dark Angel disappointed on debut at Lingfield. 

Taking a look at Juddmonte Frankel page, Mark Johnston has at least four Frankel two-year-olds in training (he probably has more but some are unnamed). 

These include three unnamed juveniles (two colts and one filly). Thankfully, the only named colt is Fred, who is entered to run at Ayr on Wednesday 2pm. 

This February foal is a chestnut son of Frankel out of a winning mare [Deirdre, who was trained by John Gosden]. Interesting to note that Fred cost 145,000 guineas at the yearling sales. That point alone is a matter for debate when you consider the stallion fee for Frankel is set at £175,000. This suggests Fred wasn't the pick of the crop as you would expect this youngster to have fetched well over the stallion fee. 

Alan J Burke looks to be a new owner to the racing game as I cannot see where he has had horses running in the last five years. 

Fred is worth noting as he has received a Class 2 Stakes entry, which suggests this colt has been showing up on the gallops. 

The betting suggests this juvenile is expected to run a big race being priced 2/1 at the time of writing. 

I often find Johnston's two-year-old debutantes' easy winners or poor losers. Fred is the first of this year's juvenile Frankel for Kingsley Park Stables. 

A horse to follow.   

Monday, 20 May 2019

2YO Frankel Season Underway with Heaven Forfend & Shammah Hitting the Frame

Sir Michael Stoute 2yo Heaven Forfend It's been a quiet time of late. 

However, a couple of Frankel-sired two-year-olds have made their debut. 

Sir Michael Stoute unveiled his first juvenile of the season and it happened to be a bay colt sired by Frankel out of the Group-winning mare Heaven Sent, who was similarly owned and trained. Heaven Forfend, racing in the familiar silks of Cheveley Park Stud, is homebred and by what we saw on debut at Newbury a talented two-year-old. This March foal was well backed after looking weak in the market early doors. He wasn't best situated with a wide draw, which saw him a little off the pace. However, Heaven Sent moved up with purpose at the two-furlong pole and put down a real challenge. He finished second to John Gosden's Light Angel who is a fair horse, who had the advantage of a previous run. Heaven Sent will go well next time out and could well head to Royal Ascot. Did you know that Sir Michael Stoute has 10 Frankel 2yos in training this season? Click this link to see the names of these exciting juveniles

In addition, we saw Richard Hannon's Shammah make her debut at Salisbury in the Simon & Nerys Dutfield Memorial Novices Stakes over 5f. This daughter of Frankel is out of a winning mare, who raced in France. Shammah is a good-looking bay filly who showed great promise on this first outing. She put in a professional display to finish third behind Andrew Balding's Symbolize, who won by one-and-a-half lengths. I was left with the impression it was a competitive heat with the first five clear of the field. Shammah cost 230,000 guineas at the yearling sales and races in the ownership oSheikh Abdullah Almalek Alsabah.

A good start to the two-year-old Frankel 2019 season.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Is Frankel Better than Secretariat?

Read these fascinating comments: 

If one adds the criteria of “stamina” to the requirements of greatness, then I believe after Secretariat, there would be another four horses ahead of Frankel (in order from #2 to #5): Phar Lap, Sea Bird II, Man O War and Ribot. In an all-time invitation only 12f turf at the Arc or on dirt at Belmont, these great horses would be invited to challenge the legendary Secretariat. Frankel wouldn’t make the cut as he never raced at 12f, was withdrawn when favourite for the 12f King George despite being fully fit and also conceding 10 lengths in the straight to Zoffany after going hard early (the 3rd event being the very likely cause of the first two). 

If however there was an invitation-only race on turf or dirt over 10f, then the above forces as well as Frankel, Dr Fager, Brigadier Gerard and Spectacular Bid should be added.

Secretariat remains clearly the greatest overall horse of all time, with his consistency being tarnished due to poor trainer/owner and even starter judgment (running sick/unfit, harsh DQ in a race he won easily and going away) and not due to the horse himself. 

The more interesting question to me is who is #6 all-time horse: Frankel or Dr Fager? Both brilliant 8f specialists who could also last 10f. I believe Secretariat would deserve automatic favouritism for any 10f-12f race and probably any 9f-13f race. 

What would be interesting to consider is, who would deserve favouritism from the above 9 horses over 8f turf or dirt? Remembering that Secretariat set a world record over 9f despite running wide and being checked, which has since only once been bettered by 0.2s.

Secretariat horse racing

Frankel all time 6th best- ridiculous- sea the stars was a superb horse up there with Frankel and secretariat- American fans – get used to it there has never been a horse like Frankel- he beat better horses consistently that secretariat- all g1 winners- the standard he beat was infinitely better and higher- no comparison- horse racing in the UK and Europe is higher than the USA-


In terms of competition, the quality of horses Secretariat faced was actually clearly above the average quality of rivals Frankel faced. Perhaps the single most devastating margin in horse racing is Secretariat’s 10.5 margin length victory of #8 US blood-horse legend Forego in the Kentucky Derby, after giving him a multiple length lead and running wide outside of him. Then there was Sham, still the owner of the 2nd largest heart in all of racing history, behind only Secretariat (Mill Reed was 3rd on that score). Riva Ridge (Derby, Belmont), Big Spruce (Marlboro), Cougar (Chilean champ) and Tem Tam (US champion 4yo turf horse) were other worthy opponents Secretariat annihilated under hand rides. Sea The Stars lacked the explosiveness of either Frankel or Secretariat. And Frankel lacked the ability to hold that explosiveness all the way to the line: he could explode for 3f only, Secretariat could do it for 4f. That very last furlong is where Frankel’s 10th furlong of 14.0s on turf would expose him against a horse like Secretariat capable of closing in the 10th furlong of 11.5s on the slowest dirt track in America. 

Also this talk that UK horses being inherently better bred than USA horses is nonsense; 90% of modern champions feature both Northern Dancer (Canada) and Mr Prospector (USA), including both Frankel and Sea The Stars. Neither of these famous sires incidentally being British.


Secretariat did not have the explosive speed or class that Frankel showed. Secretariat first runs against older horses ended in defeat NO EXCUSES. THEN GOT THUMPED BY PROVE OUT. How can you justify calling a horse all-time great when he could not beat horses in his own period.

I’m an American and I am in LOVE with Frankel—the same way that I was/still am in love with Secretariat. Why bother to decide which racehorse is the greatest? However, Frankel is right up there with Secretariat in terms of greatness, and no others are in their ranks. I agree that Frankel competed against better horses than did Secretariat, but I am obsessed with both of them!!! Is there a Frankel fan club I can share my obsession with???

What do you think? 

Leave a comment. 

Thursday, 25 April 2019

The Remarkable Frankel

Frankel best horse in the world
One of horse racing’s most renowned horse is a 14-time unbeaten winner who was the highest-rated racehorse in the world from 2011. Khalid Abdullah owned the horse and trained by the great Henry Cecil. Thus, the name “Frankel” was after the late American trainer Bobby Frankel, one of the most victorious trainers in the history of thoroughbred racing, who died in 2009. 

Despite the trending Kentucky derby expert picks 2019 today which include diverse and talented horses, Frankel, a retired racehorse was also the best pick of his time. 


Frankel was born February 11, 2008, and not until 2010 that he started his racing career as a 2-year-old. 

Maiden Stakes

A mile distance Maiden Stakes race in Newmarket, Frankel slowly broke out the soft ground’s starting gate held up by his jockey Tom Queally. Although it is Frankel’s first race as a 2-year-old, it did not stop him from finishing the race first and making a winning bow gesture. 

Condition Stakes 

During the Frank Whittle Partnership Conditions Stakes held last September 10, 2010, at the Doncaster racetrack, Frankel set up the pace ahead of the two opponents in a 7 furlongs racetrack and finished first. 

Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes

Fifteen days after his second race, September 25, 2010, Frankel blew away all the other contenders by an astonishing ten lengths during the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes which was sponsored by his owner, Khalid Abdullah. Even the trainer himself was very impressed with Frankel’s performances. 

Dubai Dewhurst Stakes

It was Frankel’s first Group 1 level race featuring two famous unbeaten colts Dream Ahead and Saamidd, in a race track with a distance of 7 furlongs. Ending the run with a 1:25.73 time, Frankel never missed a chance to prove his talent to the audience and that he is worthy of their bets. It was his 4th win since he started racing and the last for the year. 


Two years in horse racing, three-year-old Frankel continues to live his coveted title as the highest-rated and award-winning racehorse. 

Greenham Stakes

Way back April 16, 2011, the seven-furlong race Greenham Stakes took place at Newbury with a total of six contenders. One of it was Frankel who first timely raced as a three-year-old at a Grade three level race. The Greenham Stakes, considered as the preparatory race for the Qipco 2000 Guineas, nailed by Frankel and now he’s ready for the upcoming event. Qipco 2000 Guineas One of Frankel’s most significant performance is running a mile soft ground race track in Newmarket on April 30, 2011. His victory in this race is still considered the most exceptional performance ever seen in Britain. With the other jockeys in the field, Frankel surprised them by jumping straight to the lead and winning the race by six lengths clear of his nearest rival. 

St. James’s Palace Stakes 

It was a close fight with Rerouted who was all clear to go in the early stages. Held at the Ascot, Frankel was still well on top at the finish line last June 11, 2011, despite some audience considered it to be an ill-judged ride which Queally, the jockey, received much criticism after the race. 

Qipco Sussex Stakes

The “Duel on the Downs” as they commonly call it, Frankel quickly broke from the gate of the Goodwood racecourse in England and got an early lead for the first few furlongs by a few lengths. Given the four horses racing in the field, it is much convenient to the versatile Frankel to dominate as soon as the gate opened. Thus, he won the race first. 

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes 

With a million pounds in prize money, Frankel who took the race on October 15, 2011, run in an effortless fashion to maintain his unbeaten career record. It was his ninth successive victory and, he roamed clear to win by four lengths against Excelebration. 


Frankel’s four-year-old season and the retirement of the greatest racehorse.

JLT Lockinge Stakes 

Storming to victory by five lengths, Frankel maintained a hundred percent record in the race dated June 19, making it his 10th win in his two years of horse racing. The 2-7 favourite, lead the race again leaving Exceleberation at the 2nd place for the fourth time. 

Queen Anne Stakes 

June 19, 2012, Frankel showed he is getting better with every race with landing odds of 1-10. Ending the run with the audience in awe, Frankel prolonged his triumph by 11 lengths effortlessly away from Excelebration. 

Sussex Stakes 

Racing with three opponents, Frankel topped the race at Goodwood. He repeated his previous year’s victory in the Sussex Stakes now with the odds of 1-20 chance. Asked by his jockey to quicken just over a furlong out, the answer was immediate as he slammed six lengths the high-class Farhh without breaking a sweat. 

Juddmonte International Stakes

Ridden with more patience, no doubt Frankel had the endurance to succeed over 10 furlongs and was sent off as the 1/10 favourite. Even the legendary St. Nicholas Abbey was left out behind Frankel, reminding people that he wasn’t beating just ordinary horses. 

Champion Stakes

Unbeaten Frankel capped his 14th victory in horse racing on October 20, 2012. For the last time, he beat Cirrus Des Aigles by a length-and-three-quarters before retiring as a racehorse. 


Winning is something people can be proud of. Whether it may be in the academe, games, or through sports. Frankel’s 14 years of consecutive victory is worthy of the award-winning gestures and praises. Thus, remembering the people behind those successes should be as crucial as Frankel’s awards too. Because without their perseverance of wanting to win the race, highest-rated racehorse Frankel will not achieve its title.

Saturday, 20 April 2019

5 Frankel 2yos for William Haggas in 2019

William Haggas 2yo Frankel Horses 2019  It seems every horse trainer wants a Fankel 2yo in their string for the 2019 Flat turf season.

Who can blame them?

You may have read that this year's crop of Frankel's is heading to horse trainers big and small. Sir Michael Stoute has a least 10 two-year-olds sire by Frankel while the smallest stable in Newmarket has one juvenile for Ilka Gansera-Leveque, her pride and joy a bay colt called Amtiyaz. 

Our little horse racing blog will be following the fortunes of many trainers lucky enough to have a colt, filly or gelding sired by ''the greatest thoroughbred in the world'' in their mitts. 

So what about William Haggas

No finer trainer of quality racehorses and Somerville Lodge Stables, Newmarket is almost bursting at the seams with quality two-year-olds from influential owners. Taking a look at Juddmonte Stallions website we see that Haggas has at least five Frankel offspring ready to hit the track. There is a chance a few may even follow in their sire's tracks by making their debut at Newmarket. 

Let's take a look at the 5 Frankel two-year-olds as they are worthy of a scribble in your notebook. 

With Reason - This chestnut filly is a March foal out of the dam Eminently in the ownership of Mr & Mrs G Middlebrook. 

Born A King - Is a bay colt and February foal out of a French Listed-raced mare in the ownership of Mishref Al-Khatani  & Mr Faisal. 

Fundtank -  A March foal, bay filly, out of the dam Millevini, who raced once in Norway when finishing second. Fundtank cost 190,000 guineas at the yearling sales and in the ownership of Eminent Kind Ltd.

Mr Curiosity - Is a beautifully bred bay colt out of the dam who won three of her four starts when trained by Haggas in the ownership of A E Oppenheimer. Her final start saw a win at Listed class. Mr Curiosity is a full brother to three-year-old Frankellina who won on her debut at Great Yarmouth when made 5/4f. She holds an Irish Oaks entry. Mr Curiosity is in the ownership of Hascombe & Valiant Stud Ltd. 

Jabeen - An early January foal. This chestnut filly is out of the dam Sortita who raced five times, winning on two occasions. In the ownership of Shadwell Estate Co Ltd.

Monday, 15 April 2019

10 Sir Michael Stoute Frankel 2yos for 2019

Sir Michael Stoute Frankel 2yos 2019
It's always interesting to see which trainers are lucky enough to have this year's crop of Frankel two-year-olds in their care. 

As we stated in an earlier post: 5 Frankel 2yos to Follow in 2019 there will always be a surprise or two. It is with great delight we mentioned Ilka Gansera-Leveque has a Frankel two-year-old housed at St Wendred's Stable, Newmarket. Amtiyaz is a bay colt out of an unraced mare who used to be in training with William Haggas, in the same ownership with Mr Saleh Al Homaizi & Mr Imad Al Sagar. He was sold at the yearling sales for 200,000gns. I'm so willing for this March foal to have ability and put Gansera-Leveque on the map. Such a lovely lady, hard-working, and a qualified vet among her many talents.   

Great to see trainers big and small having a chance to shine. 

Having a quick look at Frankel's categorised by trainer I was surprised to see Sir Michael Stoute has a bumper crop of potential stars. 

In fact, he has 10 Frankel 2yos at Freemason Lodge Stables. 

Here is a quick rundown:

Dollar Bid - A March foal, bay colt, out of the mare Cape Dollar in the ownership of Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd. 

Highest Ground - A May foal, bay colt, out of a mare named Celestial Lagoon in the ownership of The Niarchos family. 

Heaven Forfend - A March foal, bay colt, by the dam Heaven Sent in the ownership of Cheveley Park Stud Ltd.

Boss Power - An April foal, bay colt, out of the dam La Vinchina, in the ownership of Stifung Gestut Fahrhof.

My Frankel - A March foal, bay colt, by My Special J's in the ownership of Newsells Park Stud Ltd.

Prince Imperial - A March foal, bay colt, out of the mare Proportional, in the ownership of Juddmonte Farms Inc.

Melnikova - A March foal, chestnut filly, out of the dam Safina, in the ownership of Cheveley Park Stud Ltd. 

Unnamed -  A March foal, bay colt, out of the dam Shama's Crown in the ownership of Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd. 

Tanita - A March foal, bay filly, out of the mare Shoal in the ownership of Juddmonte Farms (East) Ltd.

Dream With Me - A January foal, bay colt, out of the mare Where in the ownership of Coolmore.

Exciting times.

Related stories: 5 Frankel 2yos for William Haggas in 2019 

Friday, 29 March 2019

2,000 Guineas Preview - Advertise A Class Horse for Martyn Meade

The 2,000 Guineas Stakes, which will be run for the 211th time in 2019, is scheduled for 3.35pm on Saturday, May 4. As usual, the first colts’ Classic will be run over a mile on the Rowley Mile Course at Newmarket and, if the current ante-post market is to be believed, looks a foregone conclusion. 

The market is dominated, as it has been throughout the winter, by the Champion Two-year-old Colt of 2018, Too Darn Hot, who is available at just 6/5 to maintain his 100% record. Bred and owned by Lord Lloyd-Webber and trained by John Gosden, the Dubawi colt didn’t see a racecourse until August, but did everything asked of him as a juvenile, in taking style. 

He raced four times over a mile and 7 furlongs, without ever being fully tested and culminated with an easy, 2½-length win over Advertise in the Group One Dewhurst Stakes, over 7 furlongs, on the Rowley Mile Course in October. His Timeform Annual Rating, of 127p, was 7lb superior to any other European juvenile and, having won on good to soft, good and good to firm going, appears to have an outstanding chance. John Gosden recently reported him ‘where I want him right now’ and the plan is to run him in the Greenham Stakes, over 7 furlongs, at Newbury on April 13 en route to Newmarket. 

Of course, the Clarehaven Stables handler could also be represented in the 2,000 Guineas by Calyx, who was, himself, ante-post favourite before being sidelined with a bone injury, but can now be backed at 11/1. Bred and owned by Khalid Abdullah, the son of Kingman was restricted to just two starts as a juvenile, but won both, including the Coventry Stakes, over 6 furlongs, at Royal Ascot, which he won impressively, albeit by just a length, from Advertise.

Although unproven beyond 6 furlongs, he was the joint-second highest rated juvenile of his generation, alongside Ten Sovereigns, according to Timeform. However, hasn’t been seen in public since last June and, while he’s reportedly wintered well, his participation at Newmarket remains in doubt, so Too Darn Hot looks a much safer option at this stage. 

Speaking of Ten Sovereigns, the No Nay Never colt was also unbeaten in three starts as a juvenile, all over 6 furlongs and including the Group One Middle Park Stakes on the Rowley Mile Course. His trainer, Aidan O’Brien, has stated that ‘there’s a good chance’ Ten Sovereigns will stay a mile and, granted his powerful Coolmore connections, it would be foolhardy to write him off. However, the 8/1 currently available about him makes an only limited appeal against the proven form of Too Darn Hot, who has a touch of star quality about him. 

Having wrested the Flat trainers’ championship back from Aidan O’Brien last season, with two months to spare, John Gosden has made a bright start to 2019, with 19 winners from 51 runners, at a strike rate of 37%, and should have plenty more to look forward to in the year ahead. Although hardly an original selection, Too Darn Hot appears to have few, if any, negatives against him at this stage and looks a worthy favourite.

Is Frankel Still Alive?

Is Frankel Still Alive?
Searching for keywords to write a blog post about Frankel and noticed Google had a few related questions and I couldn't help but smile at one of the suggestions:

Is Frankel Still Alive?

Unless there has been something drastic happened within the last few minutes all is well for this super sire and stallion who is standing at Banstead Manor Stud at Cheveley Park Stud, Suffolk, Newmarket, England. 

Here are a few interesting facts about Frankel.

Frankel was named after late American horse trainer Bobby Frankel.

He was priced favourite on all 14 winning stats: the biggest price just 2/1 (debut) and shortest 1/20f (Sussex Stakes). 

This son of Galileo is out of a mare named Kind. He was foaled on 11th February 2008 in Great Brittain in the ownership of Khalid Abdullah. This bay colt raced 14 times and achieved 14 wins, ridden by jockey Tom Queally. He earned total prize money of £2,998,302. 

Wins included: 
Royal Lodge Stakes (2010) 
Dewhurst Stakes (2010) 
Greenham Stakes (2011) 
2000 Guineas Stakes (2011) 
St. James's Palace Stakes (2011) 
Sussex Stakes (2011, 2012) 
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2011) 
Lockinge Stakes (2012) 
Queen Anne Stakes (2012) 
International Stakes (2012) 
Champion Stakes (2012)


1st in World Thoroughbred Rankings (2011, 2012) 

European Horse Of The Year (2011, 2012) 
European Champion Two-Year-Old Colt (2010) 
European Champion Three-Year-Old Colt (2011) 
European Champion Older Horse (2012) 
Timeform rating: 147

Breeding: Frankel covered his first mare on Valentine's day, February 2013. The stud fee for 2019 is £175,000. 

How much money is Frankel worth? 

In 2017 Frankel covered (mated) with 195 mares from across the globe. In theory, this is worth £20M a year. 

The average cost of a Frankel yearling sold at auction is £500,000. 

Frankel's 14 Wins 

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

5 Frankel 2yos to Follow in 2019

Ilka Gansera-Leveque to train Frankel 2yos in 2019
Welcome to Frankel horse racing website. 

The start of the Flat turf season 2019 gets underway with the Brocklesby Stakes at Doncaster's Lincoln Meeting on the 30th March. 

The sight of those 25 Brocklesby Stakes entered horses at the first declaration stage published on the Racing Post gets my blood flowing for another venture into the unknown that's two-year-old horse racing. It's the starting point to some potentially smart horses. Trainers have been busy preparing their early two-year-olds with a new buzz of what could be...

I wonder when we will see the first of this year's crop of Frankel-sired two-year-olds. I don't think we saw too many early types last year. Even though Frankel offspring hold an impressive percentage for racing at pattern class, I wasn't struck on the general standard of those we saw in Britain. As noted before, Kevin Ryan's East was about as good as it got with her winning at group class and then finishing a distant (but respectable) second to the U.S-trained Newspaperofrecord when competing in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Mile Turf (Grade 1) (2yo) (Fillies) (Turf) at Churchill Downs (USA). 

So what will this year's Frankel prospects achieve? 

Only time will tell. However, we will detail five Frankel 2yos which may be of interest to readers for different reasons. I'm sure all will be gaining column inches in the press by the time the season runs its course. 

  • Majestic Noor - This daughter of Frankel out of a mare named Nouriya. She cost 650,000 guineas at the yearling sales. I nearly fell off my seat when I saw this bay filly in the ownership of Mr Saleh Al Homaizi & Mr Imad Al Sagar is going to be trained by Newmarket's smallest yard Ilka Gansera Leveque. I'm so excited for St Wendred's Stable because this hard-working trainer/qualified vet knows her way to the winner's enclosure if given the ammunition. What a dream start to the season if this April foal can live up to expectation. Originally detailed as being trained by Ilka Gansera- Leveque but now in training with John Gosden. (Not sure if this was a mistake on my part but definitely with John Gosden).
  • Amtiyaz - I must be dreaming. So must Ilka Gansera-Leveque because scanning down the new crop of Frankel two-year-olds I see that she has a second Frankel in the stable. This is incredible. Once again in the ownership of Mr Saleh Al Homaizi & Mr Imad Al Sagar. This March foal, a colt, is out of a mare named Rose Of Miracles trained by William Haggas although unraced. He went through the yearling sales ring in 2018 for 200,000 guineas. Can't wait to see these two on the track.
  • Zabeel King - At least we have a name for this two-year-old Frankel colt who is in training with Kevin Ryan. Not only that, we have some interesting breeding in that this February foal is a full-brother to East (mentioned, above) out of the talented mare Vital Statistics and went through the sales ring for 400,000 Euros. It will be interesting to see who owned this two-year-old. 
  • My Frankel - How many race fans would love to say those words? This bay colt is in training with Sir Michael Stoute, out of a mare called My Special J's. This March foal (16th) was bred by Newsells Park Stud went through the yearling sales for 380,000 guineas and sold to C Gordon-Watson Bloodstock. He is now in the ownership of Saeed Suhail. The mare won the Keeneland Stakes (Group 2) in Ireland (one win from ten starts) and raced at the highest grade concluding her race career at Keeneland (USA), previous to four starts at Meydan (UAE). 
  • Sefton Warrior - Once more, the owners Mr Saleh Al Homaizi & Mr Imad Al Sagar take a keen interest in Frankel as a sire with this bay colt who will be in training with Richard Spencer. This March foal is out of the dam Maid To Master who raced just four times in Ireland without a win. If I am reading the sales page correctly, he was purchased by the trainer and Bobby O'Ryan for just 75,000 guineas and under the new ownership of Rebel Racing Premier II. 
Watch East a Gallant (but distant) Runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Mile

Saturday, 23 March 2019

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.

Monday, 4 March 2019

Three Flat Turf Horses to Follow in 2019/20 Season

Frankel filly East, trained by Kevin Ryan It won’t be long until the leading Flat turf horses return to the racecourse after their winter break for the 2019/10 campaign. The May meeting at Newmarket, the 1000 & 2000 Guineas are some of the leading events in the early stages of the season, while all roads then lead to the Epsom Derby come June. 

Here is a look at three horses to follow during the new season which could help it become a profitable Flat turf campaign for you as a punter. These Frankel offspring are leading hopes for a winning season. 


East had to settle for second place last season in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Juvenile Fillies Turf 2018 behind the exceptionally talented Newspaperofrecord at Churchill Downs on the ''Future Stars Friday'' program. 

Kevin Ryan's daughter of Frankel proved a class two-year-old and one of the better fillies seen in a progressive campaign. Owners, East Partnership, must be hoping their talented chestnut filly holds every chance in the Irish 1000 Guineas. At present, she is one of eighty-one three-year-olds to hold an entry for this Class race run over one mile at the Curragh.  Interesting to note why she hasn't been entered to run in the English 1000 Guineas. This daughter of Frankel is out of a talented mare in Vital Statistics who readers may remember was trained by David Elseworth. She achieved two wins, one at Listed class, although competed at Group 1 level (including a long way behind Finsceal Bio in the Newmarket 1000 Guineas, 2007). 

East proved a talented winning on debut at Hamilton over 6f. She won by half a length at odds of 9/4. Next came a sparkling two-and-a-half length victory when travelling to Saint Cloud. Stepping up to seven furlongs, she won ''comfortably'' at Group 3 class. 

Her concluding effort saw a second at Churchill Downs (Grade 1), taking over £125,000 in prize money.


Mark Johnston is a trainer who knows how to win with talented juveniles aiming for Royal Ascot, perhaps taking the Coventry Stakes (Group 2). One Frankel two-year-old who is worth noting is the well-named Fred. This chestnut colt is out of a mare called Deirdre bred by Normandie Stud Ltd. A horse worth following this season.     

Zabeel King  

One two-year-old with a connection to East is Zabeel King, who is, in fact, a full brother to Kevin Ryan's filly, out of the mare Vital Statistics. This February foal must have cost a pretty penny considering the achievements of this sister and the fact that the stallion fee for Frankel is £175,000. 

Sunday, 3 March 2019

2018 Bated Breath Sire (Vs Frankel)

Juddmonte Farms:
No other British or Irish sire in his fee bracket has a higher winners to runners percentage (46%) in 2018 than BATED BREATH 

Frankel has an incredible 12% Group winners to runners