Friday, 24 January 2020

Frankel Watch: 2YO Frankel Filly Crystal Starlet Stabled With Sir Michael Stoute

Frankel Watch: 2YO Frankel Filly Crystal Starlet Stabled With Sir Michael Stoute

Readers of Frankel Blog may have followed Sir Michael Stoute's Frankel 2YO offspring last year. Stoute was one of the major recipients with no less than 10 juveniles. 

Take a look at this related post: 10 Sir Michael Stoute 2yos for 2019

I'm sure Freemason Lodge Stables will have a number of Frankel offspring this 2020 Flat turf season and colts and fillies with exceptional bloodlines. 

One filly which may be worth noting is Crystal Starlet. This February foal [21st] was bred by Southcourt Stud. The mare Crystal Zvezda was trained by Sir Michael Stoute in the ownership of Sir Evelyn De Rothchild. This daughter of Dubawi raced just nine times, achieving two wins and three placed effort. She won at Listed class on her third start at Newbury. In addition, raced at Group 1 class [unplaced] with an official rating of 107. Total earnings of £63,449 show a filly of some talent. She concluded her career at four when finishing unplaced at York at Group 2. 

I would imagine Crystal Scarlet is homebred that will be running in the silks of the Rothchilds.  

Sir Michael Stoute did well with his Frankel offspring last season including Highest Ground, Heaven Forfend, Melnikova and Tanita. 

There will be lots to look forward to with this season's two-year-olds and we will be keeping you informed every step of the way. 

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Tony Montana in Training with Michael Bell for Amo Racing Limited

football agent Kia Joorabchian - horse racing
The first of this year's two-year-old Frankel crop is being reviewed and it's great to see Michael Bell has Tony Montana in his ranks at Newmarket's Fitzroy House Stables. 

This April foal cost 500,000 guineas when purchased by A C Elliott (vendor Hillwood Stud) at the Tattersalls Yearling Sale Book 1 (Lot 91). 

This bay colt - an April foal - is out of the mare Tropical Paradise who was trained by Peter Winkworth in the ownership of R Lovelace & R Muddle. She was a very capable racehorse with 17 starts, achieving 6 wins and an official rating of 108. Total prize money of £123,375. Two victories at Group 3 class (both at Goodwood) prove a talented filly who retired from racing at the age of five. 

Tony Montana races in the familiar silks of Amo Racing Limited (previously named Karmaa Racing Limited). 

Amo Racing Limited had one two-year-old racing last year in the shape of Lady Tati who was originally in training with David Simcock before heading to Ralph Beckett. She proves a bitter disappointment. Costing £100,000 at the yearling sales, she was sold at the 2yo Horses in Training Sale for just 6,000 Guineas. 

Amo Racing Limited is owned by major football agent Kia Joorabchian (pictured).   

Connections will be hoping Tony Montana can prove a talented colt considering his lofty price tag.

An interesting two-year-old worth following this season. 

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Frankel Offspring for 2020 Flat Turf Season


It's a New Year!

You know what that means? Lots of resolutions to visit Frankel Horse Racing Blog! Perhaps, for a few diehards that will be the case. One thing you can guarantee is that our little blog will be keeping you up to speed with this year's crop of Frankel two-year-olds (2yo). 

For me, that is akin to seeing Father Xmas run down the gallops with a big carrot in his hand, cheeks flushed, just ahead of a Frankel prospect that doesn't need tempting to outpace ''good, old Santa''  because these juveniles don't need any motivation to be stars of the future. 

They will run like the wind... 

Well, that's the hope of all who own a Frankel horse, watch the Frankel horses and, perhaps, have a bet they will be winning a race or two. 

Anyway, enough of all this New Year stuff because we know you want to get to the good stuff - those Frankel two-year-olds. 

We won't keep you waiting because we have a few two-year-old colts and fillies who not only have been named but are flying up the gallops. (They may have seen the gallops, that will do for now). 

So here is a list of a few Frankel 2yos for the 2020 season. 

Frankai - trained by Roger Varian. 

This bay filly is a daughter of Dubai Queen who was trained by Luca Cumani in the same ownership as Obaid, Sheikh Mohammed. This homebred hails from a mare who enjoyed a trip and a one-time winner in a career of eight starts. She is related to Sharja Queen, who has notched up a few wins for this trainer/owner combination. 

The Guvnor - trained by Tom Clover. 

Great to see this Newmarket trainer has finally got his hands on a Frankel. This bay colt bred by Lady Bamford out of the mare Eva's Quest who was trained by Mick Channon who won seven times in a twenty-six race career. She won at Grade 1, achieving an official rating of 109 and total prize money of £516,445. This May foal is worth noting for the season ahead. 

Divine Herald - trained by Sir Michael Stoute. 

This April foal, bay filly, is out of the mare Heaven Sent who is bred by Cheveley Park Stud. She raced twenty-seven times and won six times achieving an official rating of 114, winning at Group 3 and £362,081 in total prize money. Divine Herald is a full-sister to Seven Heavens who was formerly trained by John Gosden.       

Zagato - trained by John Gosden. 

This bay colt is a son of Izzi Top. This very talented mare was similarly trained but ran in the ownership of Helena Springfield Ltd. Izzi Top won six of her twelve races including Group 1 class. She went close to winning on debut at odds of 33/1. Certainly, as a four-year-olds she was ultra-consistent winning four of her six races. She achieved an official rating of 115 and total prize earnings of £472,668. Zagato is bred by Meon Valley Stud who cost 725,000 guineas at the yearling sales. This stud's horses run in the black and white silks of Helena Springfield Ltd. Expensive relatives include Prince Eiji who cost a whopping 2,600,000 guineas at the yearling sales. An exciting prospect in Zagato. 

Light Refrain - trained by William Haggas. 

This bay filly - a January foal - is bred by The Queen out of the mare Light Music who was simialrly owned and trained. She raced seven times over two season, finishing second on debut, winning at huge odds on second start before winning at Listed class on her third start. An official rating of 98 and total earning of  £38,500. 

Beloved - trained by Ed Walker.

Ed Walker is a trainer going places and this bay daughter of Frankel is out of a mare called Love And Bubbles. Beloved cost 350,000 guineas at the yearling sales. 

To be updated...

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

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. 

2010 

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. 

2011

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. 

2012 

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. 

Takeaway 

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.


Sunday, 22 December 2019

Name a Frankel Filly for 2020

Name a Frankel Filly for 2020I guess for many horseracing fans it would be a dream to own a thoroughbred. How much fun it would be to go to the sales, buy a yearling, choose your silks and think of a name. 

In truth, few people have the luxury of owning a racehorse. It isn't so much buying a horse as the cost of training and all those associated bills which come along. When you consider many two-year-old horses don't race more than four or five times in a season it equates to a huge sum of money for each contest they take part in. 

For that reason, syndicates are an option for every pocket. They can be as little as £200 a season to hundreds of thousands.

The ultimate dream would be to have enough money to buy a Frankel offspring and be the sole owner. You choose your silks, trainer, and think about a name that does you the horse proud. 

Perhaps this is on your wish list?

You have £1,000,000 to buy a Frankel filly and you get to name her. But what name would you choose? 

It is a very personal thing and I'm sure that is why we look at a lot of horse names and almost turn our nose up at them. 

''Who would name a horse that?''

The simple answer is someone with enough money to pay the bills. 

So what name would you pick for a Frankel filly? A debutante two-year-old who I would be hoping and praying would win in style.

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Horse Race Betting for Beginners

Horse racing is a sport loved by millions around the world, even the Queen and British aristocracy love it. In the United Kingdom, the Grand National is the biggest race of the year and is watched by millions more than any other race. In Australia, the Melbourne Cup enjoys this same status, with race day being a public holiday in most of the state of Victoria.

For many people, the Grand National or Melbourne Cup may be the only time they wager on a horse race. Many workplaces and friendship groups run a “sweepstakes”, where each person pays a nominal amount (around £1) for the right to select a horse at random. With around 40 horses entering the Grand National, this means the total prize money is around £40. This is usually shared by the top three horses, for example as £20 for first, £15 for second, and £5 for third. 

Although this is an easy way for millions of people to get involved in the event, selecting horses at random is not the best strategy for anyone who wants to take their betting on horses more seriously. For many people, the fun of horse racing is getting dressed up smartly and spending a day at the racecourse analysing the horses and track conditions to try to make winning picks. 


From the outside, this process of choosing horses can seem complicated and make you feel a little daunted. However, there are some simple things beginners can remember and do to make them look like a pro. 

Be disciplined 

First things first, you should make your betting decisions for the right reasons. If you lose on one race, you shouldn't let it influence your decisions for any future wagers that you place. In poker, this is a process called bankroll management, whereby a player accepts it is impossible to win every game and wagers accordingly. 

Don’t bet in anger or frustration after a loss, and don’t let a win make you overconfident. Take each race on its merits. 

Types of bet 

Horse racing has some of its own terminology when it comes to betting. These are the UK terms, they are slightly different in the US but the premise is the name. The types of bet you can place on horse races are: 
  • Outright win This is the simplest bet to make, you choose a horse you think might win and place at bet at the offered odds. If the odds are 4/1 and you bet £10, you’ll get back £50 (£40 + the initial £10 stake) if your chosen horse wins. 
  • Betting to Place Betting to place means that you are expecting the horse to place (finish) second or third. This can be a little more complicated as the number of positions change depending on the size of the field. Special races like the Grand National have slightly different rules, but typically, a race must have at least 5 horses to be able to make a place bet, then these rules kick in: 
  • 5-7 horses: will pay out on second place at ¼ odds 
  • 8-11 horses: will pay out on second and third place at ⅕ odds 
  • 12-15 horses: will pay out on second and third place at ¼ odds 
  • 16+ horses: will pay out on second, third and fourth place at ¼ odds 
  • Bet Each Way Betting each way combines a win and a place bet together, meaning the bet pays out on a win and up to fourth place (depending on how many runners are in the race). 

Compare prices 

You compare prices for many things in life: insurance, holidays, cars, mobile phones. Horse race betting is no different. You should compare the different odds made by the bookmakers at the track and online to see which one offers you the best options.  

Free bets 

Many online bookmakers offer free bets to attract new customers. Take advantage of these to make risk free bets while you find your feet. 

How to choose the right horse 

There is no exact science for choosing a winning horse. Any number of variables are in play during a race and while a horse may be an obvious favourite, a fall or some other bad luck could get in the way. 

Some people choose their horses based on their names, or by only choosing to bet the favourite. While this may sometimes pay off, in the long term it will always yield a negative result.  Instead, you should study the form of the runners. You should choose a horse that has recently performed well over a similar distance and on a track with similar ground conditions. You should keep up to date with horse racing so you head to track with as much information as possible.   

In Summary 

There are many things to remember when getting started with horse race betting. It is best to pace yourself, start by making small bets to get the hang of the terminology and the rules. Remember things can never go your way all the time, so keep your cool when they don’t. Choose your horses strategically, and refrain from picking the ones with “the funny names”. Most of all, remember to have fun, after all that’s why you’re doing it.

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Thursday, 5 December 2019

Frankel's Horse Racing Story Could be Made into a Film

Jeremy Irons to play Sir Henry Cecil in film Frankel
Frankel's horse racing story could be made into a film. 

The unbeaten son of Galileo may be about to become immortalised in a film with nonother than Jeremy Irons playing legendary horse trainer Sir Henry Cecil. 

WaZabi Films co-founders Anick Poirier and Lorne Price have added this latest title to their list and will launch pre-sale at AFM [American Film Market] at the beginning of November in Santa Monica, California, which sees more than 7,000 attend the eight-day annual event to network and to sell, finance and acquire films.      

Oscar-winning Irons who took the gong for Best Actor in his role Reversal Of Fortune, a 1990 film adaptation of the 1985 book Reversal of Fortune: Inside the von Bulow Case, will also help produce the film with Andrew Berg and John Sachs of Eclipse Films.    

Andrew Berg is still in the pre-production stage of Frankel. He has worked on a number of films including The Corrupted (2019), Finding Your Feet (2017), Urban Hymn (2015) and Stingray (2006). 

John Sachs of Eclipse Films (Eclipse Global Entertainment) has worked on feature films such as Michael Radford's 2004 feature Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino. 

Sachs' first feature as a producer was Michael Caton's Jone's Urban Hymn which picked up several awards including best film at Giffoni, Busan and TIFF. 

Readers may remember Sachs' father, Andrew, who played Manuel in Fawlty Towers.

Frankel film will be directed by Ron Scalpello from a screenplay by Jim Piddock which charts Frankel's perfect unbeaten record of 14 straight wins culminating in the Champion Stakes at Ascot 2012. 

Sir Henry Cecil passed away in June 2013. 

Jeremy irons who is currently starring in the HBO hit Watchman said: ''The story of Henry resonated with me immediately. The role allows me to portray a character with such resilience and depth. I also appreciate the deep relationship shared between Henry and Frankel, a true story of love and affection between a man and his horse.”

Berg and Sachs added: “Jim Piddock’s script stands out as the perfect balance of drama and action and director Ron Scalpello is a gifted director, visceral, sensitive and extremely hard working and creative.


“Jeremy was first choice to play Henry and has a genuine love for horses. Jeremy’s decision to join us as a producer has further cemented his passion for this project.”

Visit Screen Daily to learn more. 

Sunday, 1 December 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
Reply: 

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-


Reply: 


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.

Reply: 

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, 14 November 2019

7 Top Frankel Two-Year-Olds in 2019

Quadrilateral win bet365 Fillies Mile (Group 1) at Newmarket for Roger Charlton ridden by Jason Watson

Frankel never ceases to amaze. 

A legend on the racecourse and super sire extraordinaire. Juddmonte Farms must be over the moon with his continued success. Frankel Blog has followed the journey of many a talented Frankel two-year-old for this season of 2019. Personally, I thought last year's juveniles were a touch lacking. However, there was much to write about this Flat turf season which saw a host of winners including patter-class success. 

Take a moment to review the list of two-year-old Frankel offspring that have captured the imagination. 

Visit Juddmonte Stallion Frankel - Two-Year-Olds.  

My Top 7 Frankel Two-Year-Olds of 2019:

1) Quadrilateral - Trained by Roger Charlton 

Without question, Quadrilateral has proven a star turn this Flat turf season winning her first three starts for Khalid Abdullah. This chestnut daughter of Frankel out of the mare Nimble Fingers has progressed with racing. She won on debut at Newbury (7f) beating Mambo Nights by a neck. 

This April foal improved markedly on her second start over course and distance, ridden, once again, by Jason Watson. Being held up off the pace, she made smooth headway to lead well over one furlong out before drawing right away to an impressive victory beating the second horse [Kalsara, trained by Andrew Balding] by nine lengths.    

If that wasn't enough, Charlton had his eye on the biggest prize. Quadrilateral headed to Newmarket, stepping up to one mile, to compete in the bet365 Fillies' Mile (Group 1). She needed to be at the top of her game, chasing Hugo Palmer's Powerful Breeze who, for all the world, looked to have stolen a march on the Frankel filly who had several lengths to make up. In the closing furlong, Quadrilateral ran on with purpose to collar the leader and won by a head at a starting price of 9/4. 

She is now favourite to take the 1,000 Guineas to be held at Newmarket in 2020.

2) Queen's Daenerys - Trained by Roger Varian 

Beyond Quadrilateral, the following horses are simply my opinion based on racecourse achievement and promise. 

Queen's Daenerys was always held in high regard by Carlburg Stables, Newmarket. Roger Varian had a decent string of juveniles and this bay daughter of Frankel out of an unraced US mare [Song To Remember] made a pleasing debut at Ascot when running on well to finish over three lengths behind Richard Hannon's Cloak Of Spirits who was in flying form for her debut. 

In the ownership of H H SH Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, this February foal stepped up to one mile on her second start at Newmarket when beaten John Gosden's Wasaayef by a neck. The 5/4f was quoted as: ''stayed on gamely.''

Her third start saw her finish fifth place in the Fillies' Mile behind Quadrilateral. The 16/1 wasn't held in quite the standing of Charlton's filly but ran a sterling race when beaten just over five-and-a-half lengths.

3) Alpinista - Trained by Sir Mark Prescott 

This grey daughter of Frankel out of a four-time winning mare [Alwilda] (similarly owned and trained) started her career in imperious fashion when winning ''unchallenged'' at Epsom at odds of 9/4. Although it wasn't the strongest of races, there was a lot to like about Kirsten Rausing's February foal. 

Alpinista was given a lofty string of entries that saw her head to Goodwood when competing in the Ladbroke Prestige Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies). After being restless in the stalls, and slowly away, she was a touch outpaced but plugged on to finish a creditable sixth place beaten a similar number of lengths. By all accounts, connections must have been expecting a little more from the 3/1 shot. 

Connections made the judgment Alpinista needed a stiffer test of stamina to show her worth and headed to France for her final two-year-old start when competing at Longchamp in the Prix d'Amumale (Group 3) (Fillies) on good to soft going. Once again, she toiled at the rear of the field and hard ridden to make ground but plugged on well to finish fourth, missing third place on the nod. Alpinista lost by one length and looks a stayer in the making. 

4) Melnikova - Sir Michael Stoute 

Freemason Lodge Stables had at least 10 Frankel two-year-olds this 2019 season. I must admit, I was raving about Melnikova. This daughter of Frankel races in the familiar silks of Cheveley Park Stud, the mare, Safina, who was similarly owned and trained. This chestnut filly was priced 8/1 when making her debut at Kempton over seven-furlong, taking her time to get going, but flying at the line to win by a neck. Interestingly, Sir Michael Stoute fielded another Frankel debutant that day in Tanita who finished third, losing by a length, and looking sure to win after taking the lead in the final furlong. 

Melnikova was made 5/4 on her next start. In a tough-looking seven-runner field at Newbury, she was put in her place by Quadrilateral (Frankel) who powered home to win by nine lengths. Melnikova led for most but had to settle for third place when losing second to Andrew Balding's Kalsara. It will be interesting to see whether Stoute's chestnut filly will be targetted at the 1,000 Guineas. It's possible she wasn't at her best at Newbury, although beaten by a filly who has proven her class.

5) Juan Elcano - Kevin Ryan 

Racing in the familiar silks of Sheik Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum, this chestnut son of Frankel was always highly regarded by Ryan and seen flying up the gallops at Hambleton Lodge, Hambleton, Thirsk. The mare [Whatami] wasn't the fastest of horses on her three career starts. However, this April foal was sent off 6/4 favourite when making his debut at Haydock over seven furlongs. He stayed on well to beaten Mark Johnston's Subjectivist by a neck, beating the third by eight lengths. 

Just over one month later, Juan Alcano competed in the bet365 Superlative Stakes (Group 2) at Newmarket. He ran well, chasing the eventual winner, Mystery Power, losing by one length. 

His concluding start of the Flat turf season saw him race at Doncaster in the Pommery Champagne Stakes (Group 2). A small field of just five runners saw Juan Elcano finish a respectable third place who was beaten a length at odds of 4/1. 


6) Highest Ground - Sir Michael Stoute

This bay colt is a son of Frankel out of a winning French-raced mare. Highest Ground was fancied to go well on his debut at Leicester when running on well over 7f to win at odds of 3/1. Racing in the familiar silks of the Niarchos Family time will tell how this son of Frankel figures in the pecking order but a promising start.

7) Franconia - John Gosden

Racing in the Frankel silks, Franconia, a bay daughter of Frankel out of a twice-winning mare [Winter Sunrise] was fancied to win on debut at Chelmsford. The 9/4 joint-favourite ran on well but was denied by neck to finish a creditable second place. Better will be seen on her next start. Could make into a decent three-year-old. 

Friday, 8 November 2019

Sir Henry Cecil: ''Thank you, Frankel.”

Frankel and George the cat
Horse racing often transcends life. 

Sir Henry Cecil was an exceptional horse trainer who saw the ups and downs of the racing game. Years of success and times where finding winners were a little more difficult than he would have liked. 

I am sure all horse trainers know that feeling. 

Looking back at an article on this blog: ''Which Frankel Offspring Has Shown the Most Promise?'' Frankel's story and the passing of Henry Cecil make his words even more poignant.

The original article published on the Sporting Post dates back to the 9th of November 2012.

The article details the retirement of Frankel. 

After three successful years racing and beating the best horses in training, Frankel concluded an unbeaten career with 14 wins and recognised as the world's highest-rated racehorse. 

It was time for Frankel to head back to his birthplace Banstead Manor Stud, to start a new career as a stallion for Juddmonte Farms.

General manager Philip Mitchell said: ''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.''

He continued: ''The rest, as they say, is history and now it is extremely exciting that Frankel will be returning to the Stallion Unit at Banstead, some 500 yards from where he was born.''

After winning 14 races - including 10 Group 1 victories - Timeform gave him a rating of 147, the highest figure the organization has ever awarded. 

It is fitting to read the words of Sir Henry Cecil: ''There is no doubt Frankel has been a brilliant racehorse. I am pretty certain that there has never been a better or more talented thoroughbred. He had the speed to be a champion sprinter and then, once he grew up and settled, he got a distance with a turn of foot that makes a champion.''

''Today is a sad day in some ways for us as he has given us so much pleasure over the last three years. But I want to thank Frankel for so much - for being such a very special part of my training career. Thank you, Frankel.''

Picture: Frankel makes friends with George the cat at Banstead Manor Stud. 

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Frankel film out in UK soon

Frankel film out in UK soon
Known as a ''super horse'' Frankel captured the imagination of people around the world. Not only horse racing enthusiasts; his prowess transcended anything that had been seen before in UK horse racing. Trained by Sir Henry Cecil and in the ownership of Khalid Abdullah, this son of Galileo won 14 races unbeaten and defeating 25 Group 1 winners in an astonishing career. 

The Frankel film is set to take the world by storm. Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons is to play the role of Sir Henry Cecil. 

Read more about this production

Frankel Watch: Frankenstella to Debut for John Quinn


You never have to wait too long for a Frankel 2yo to hit the track. 

Well, today we have a debutante from John Quinn's stable in the ownership of Phoenix Thoroughbreds Limited. Frankenstella is a bay daughter of Frankel out of the dam L'Ancresse. The dam raced in the familiar silks of Michael Tabor and run eleven times for Aidan O'Brien. She won on debut (Roger Charlton) and once more at Listed class. In addition, she raced seven times at Group 1, including the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket when unplaced. Her concluding race saw this bay daughter of Darshaan finish second, losing by a neck, behind Sir Michael Stoute's Islington, at Santa Anita (USA) when competing in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare (Grade 1). L'Ancresse achieved total prize winnings of £240,464. 

Frankenstella makes her debut at (12:20) Nottingham competing in the 1m 1/2f (1m 75y) (Inner) Download The Mansion Bet App Maiden Fillies' Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Class 5) (2yo). 

Eleven runners take part for winning prize money of £3,881. The going is described as heavy. 

Jason hart takes the ride. 

Frankenstella has been supported in the market. The stable can ready a debutant. Bellwood Cottage Stables, Settrington, Malton, North Yorkshire have done well with their two-year-olds this season with the exceptional Liberty Beach & Coastal Mist. 

Good luck to connections.   

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Is Frankel Related to Enable?


In the modern history of horse racing, few horses have made the headline and featured in more column inches than Frankel and Enable. 

Race fans have been left astounded by the success of these two thoroughbred racehorses which have proven exceptional talents. 

Both horses are in the ownership of Khalid Abdullah and Juddmonte Farms. But here's a question many race fans ask: 

Is Frankel related to Enable? While others have questioned is Enable Frankel's daughter?

Let's first take a moment to review the achievements of these wonderful horses. 

Frankel 

Frankel, trained by Sir Henry Cecil, foaled 11th February 2008. This bay colt is sired by Galileo, bred by Juddmonte Farms, out of the mare named Kind. 

This exceptional horse was unbeaten in 14 races in a racing career from 2010 -  2012. He won 12 significant Group races. He won total prize money worth £2,998,302. Frankel was given a Timeform rating of 147 making him the highest rating in the organisation's history. 

He was awarded: 

1st in World Thoroughbred Ranking (2011, 2012), European Horse Of The Year (2011, 2012), European Two-Year-Old Colt (2010), European Three-Year-Old Colt (2011), European Champion Older Horse (2012) & Timeform rating 147.  

Read more about Frankel here...

Enable 

Enable, trained by John Gosden, foaled 12th February 2012. At the time of writing, she has run 15 times, with 13 wins, 1 second and 1 third place. 

This bay daughter of the stallion Nathaniel is out a mare named Concentric. She was bred by Juddmonte Farms. She has won 12 significant races including a dual winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2017, 2018). She continues to race at the highest level and achieved total prize earnings of £10,382,243. 

She has been awarded:

Cartier Champion Three-year-old Filly (2017), Cartier Horse of the year (2017) & Cartier Champion Older Horse (2018). 

Read more about Enable here...

Is Frankel Related to Enable?

One of the major reasons race fans ask if these two superstars of racing are related comes from the fact they are in the ownership of Khalid Abdullah, hence they wear the same racing silks. Frankel is sired by Galileo, while the sire of Enable is Nathaniel, who was also sired by Galileo. Interestingly, Frankel and Nathaniel raced again each other at two and three, competing in a number of races. So they are related by the stallion Galileo, being the father of Frankel and the Grandfather of Enable.