Monday, 19 November 2018

Frankel Watch: Top Top Top

I'm sure we've used this blog post title before. 

Top Top is running tomorrow at Lingfield (3:00). This son of Frankel is trained by Ralph Beckett in the ownership of King Power Racing Co Ltd. The mare, Jira, won twice in her career, achieving Listed-class success. Top Top wasn't fancied in the betting when a 33/1 shot. He ran over one mile at Newmarket, almost ten lengths behind Turgenev who is top class. This 260,000 guineas yearling purchase needs to have improved for that first outing. That is likely. Interesting to see how he goes after well over a month on the sidelines. 

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Frankel Watch: New King Disappoints On Debut At Lingfield For John Gosden

12:25 Lingfield - 

New King was all the rage with punters when making his debut for John Gosden in the familiar silks of Qatar Racing Ltd. This son of Frankel out of a three-time French-winning mare who concluded her career of eight runs by winning at Group 3. 

This homebred blew the start but slotted into mid-division. The even-money favourite could never get to grips with his rivals as Barys, trained by Archie Watson, ran out a very easy winner. 

New King will learn a lot for the experience but a disappointing start for the touted runner. 

Monday, 29 October 2018

Frankel Watch: The Week Ahead (29th October)

John Gosden with Frankel debutante Jadeerah
Let's take a look at the Frankel two-year-olds for this new week. 

Friday - 8 PM

The highlight of the week is East, trained by Kevin Ryan, competing in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf over one mile at Churchill Downs, USA. 




Wednesday - 

1:10 Nottingham - 

A couple of entrants for this 1m 1/2f. Fox Vardy has been a major disappointment on his two starts to date. Most likely looking for a nursery mark, which on what we have seen so far, with be low. 

Top Top wasn't fancied on debut at odds of 33/1. Ralph Beckett has been in tremendous form with his juveniles this year. Needs to improve on that first start. 

Thursday - 

3:40 Lingfield - 

A Frankel debutante trained by John Gosden in the ownership of Hamdan Al Maktoum. Jadeerah is a daughter of Frankel out of a talented twice-winning mare who won on debut and then the Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2), placed in the Cheveley Park Stakes (Group 1). Although never winning in her next eight starts, she was placed in 1000 Guineas at Newmarket. She achieved the highest official rating of 110. 

6:00 Newcastle - 

Gantier is entered for his second start. This son of Frankel raced over 7f on debut when priced 25/1. A terrible slow start saw his left with a real mountain to climb. Looked in need of the run. Stepping up a furlong will help. This gelding did run on in the closing stages so worth giving a second chance but needs to show much more.

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Frankel Watch: East Heads to Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf

East, trained by Kevin Ryan, heads to Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies TurfAnother day with a couple of Frankel offspring racing at headquarters. 

In the 2:35 Newmarket we saw Gantier, trained by John Gosden, and owned by K Abdullah. This homebred is out of a winning but limited mare. Priced 25/1, the betting suggested this gelding wasn't expected to set the grass alight. That was the case as this British-bred two-year-old was slow from the stalls and only passed three horses in the closing stages. I imagine Gosden was more interested in getting a run into this youngster although it wasn't the most inspiring start to proceedings.

Fortunes proved more favourable in the 4:55 when Ginistrelli made his second start. Ed Walker's son of Frankel is out of a twice-winning mare who raced up to Listed class. This March foal cost 475,000 guineas at the yearling sales. He ran well on debut over one mile at Salisbury when priced 9/2. Finishing fourth, beaten the same number of lengths. It was a pleasing introduction, giving the feeling better would be seen today. Racing in the ownership of Bjorn Nielson & Eastwing Racing Ltd, he started 5/2. Leading from the stalls, this resolute juvenile ran all the way to the line holding the late charge of James Park Woods by a head. Ginistrelli is a progressive type who is likely to show more at three. 

Other Frankel Entrants Of Note

Exciting news - 

Friday, 2nd November - Churchill Downs

The Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf  (Grade 1) (2yo Fillies) 1m (8 PM)

Kevin Ryan sends East for one of the biggest races of the season taking on the U.S fillies. She is just one of 14 two-year-olds taking part, one of three English horses (including Charlie Appleby's La Peloas (12/1) & Brian Ellison's The Mackem Bullet (14/1). 

The twice-winning East is similarly priced at 14/1.  This daughter of Frankel is out of a class mare, Vital Statistics, who won at Listed class at two and competed at Grop 1. East won by half a length on debut at Hamilton at odds of 9/4. Then headed to St. Cloud, France to take a Group 3 race by two-and-a-half lengths in comfortable fashion. 

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Frankellina Wins for Haggas at Yarmouth

A couple of Frankel two-year-olds making their presence felt at Great Yarmouth today. 

Frankelinna took her time to master Oussel Falls in the in the British Stallion Stud EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes (Plus 10) over 1m 3y on going described as Good to Firm (Good in places).

William Haggas hold this daughter of Frankel in high regard. This homebred races in the familiar silks of A E Oppenheimer. The mare was similarly owned and trained. Readers may remember Our Obsession who raced just four times in a short career. However, she tasted victory on three of her fours starts including a Listed race. 

Frankellina went one better than her mother who finished sixth on debut. This January foal was well backed from 11/4 (exchanges) to return 5/4f. For much of the race, she showed signs of inexperience, gathering her stride in the final furlong to win by a head from Oussel Falls and Summer Flair, running on in third. The first three fillies were all making their debut.   

The second Division saw another Frankel offspring taking part. This time trained by John Gosden, the twice-raced Mehdaayih. Taking on the odds-on shot Maqsad [trained by William Haggas] this daughter of Frankel started at odds of 4/1 second favourite. A beaten favourite on both starts to date. 

Mehdaayih ran out a nice winner defeating stablemate Fanny Logan, the favourite, Maqsad, finishing third. 

Monday, 15 October 2018

Frankel Watch: A New Week

Fume - Struggling to put Frankel on the map
Not too much to talk about of late. 

Well, two-year-old Frankel offspring, which this website is dedicated. We've seen a number of high-profile juvenile races over the last week or so but a distinct lack of the great sire himself. 

Let's take a quick look at the 2yo entries for the week. 



Monday - 1:55 Gowran Park 

King's Vow makes a return for Joseph O'Brien after showing little on debut. This bay colt finished down the field in 9th place when racing over course and distance. This March foal was priced 9/1. The betting [20/1] suggests he has something to prove. 

Wednesday - 2:20 Bath 

Interesting to see how Gantier goes on debut here for John Gosden. This bay gelding is a son of Frankel out of a French-winning mare who concluded her career racing at Listed class. Clearly, this youngster is looking for a test of stamina starting at 1m 2f. 

Wednesday - 2:30 Nottingham 

John Gosden sends out the twice-raced Mehdaayih who has been a beaten favourite when finishing sixth and second, respectively. This bay filly was given a significant entry but it looks like connections need to lower their sights for the moment. The mare wasn't up to much and didn't win in her racing career when trained by Clive Brittain. Stepping up by half a furlong. Will most likely start favourite. Connections will be hoping she can win and be a broodmare. That looks well within her capabilities.

Friday - 5:15 Haydock 

Fume has proven to be a disappointing horse this season. Crashed out on debut when favourite and struggled ever since. Ralph Beckett has been in fine form of late so he will be hoping a bit of sparkle can rub off onto this gelding who has an official rating of 69. A homebred who most certainly would have been better off going to the yearling sales. 

Saturday - 4:05 Doncaster 

It will be interesting to see if Old Glory runs in the Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes (Group 1) after looking less than impressive when second at odds-on to Joseph O'Brien's No Needs Never at Dundalk on the 5th October. With forty-nine still declared you wouldn't hold your breath on seeing him take part. Fox Vardy is entered in this race for Martyn Meade. Has proven very disappointing in two starts to date. Neither of these look like putting Frankel in the news for this high-profile race. 

Related stories: Fume Fails to Shine

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Frankel Watch: Old Glory Heads to Dundalk for O'Brien

Old Glory wins well at Naas on debut
Venue: Dundalk

Date: 5th October 2018

Horse: Old Glory, trained by Aidan O'Brien 

7f iCopy Irish EBF Star Appeal Stakes (Listed Race) (2yo)

Interesting to see how Old Glory goes on this second start. This British-bred son of Frankel is out of a mare who raced just four times for Freddie Head in France. This March foal cost a whopping 1,600,000 euros at the yearling sales. Old Glory made his debut at Naas when a 6/4f. 

Race comment detailed: 

''Chased leaders, travelled well into 2nd 2f out, pressed leader approaching final furlong, led final 150yds and pushed clear under hands and heels closing stages (op 7/4 tchd 15/8)''

Looks a tough horse to beat and with a bright future. 

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Frankel Watch: East Heads to St Cloud (Group 3)

Readers may remember our recent post about a potentially smart Frankel filly. Kevin Ryan's East, a daughter of Frankel out of a smart mare, Vital Statistics, was priced 9/4 on debut at Hamilton when winning by half a length. 

In the ownership of East Partners, this 315,000 euro breeze-up purchase looks to be a fine buy. 

Just looking through the declarations and see that this February foal is entered to run on the 5th October 2018. 

Here is the race:Friday, 05 October 2018 - 

2:05 St Cloud - East (GB) 2yo — Vital Statistics (GB) (Overnight) at Saint-Cloud Prix Thomas Byron Jockey Club de Turquie (Group 3) (2yo) (Turf) (7f)

Just five two-year-olds are entered for this 7f contest, which is detailed as good to soft going. Three French horses take part, plus Ed Vaughan's Dubai Domination who has been kept busy with four runs to date. 

East is the only filly to be unbeaten. She should appreciate this step up in trip and will have no fears about testing going.  

Ryan has a number of smart juveniles in his stable this season including Emaaraaty Ana, Yousini, Secret Venture & Queen Jo Jo 

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Related stories: East Shines on Debut for Ryan 

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Frankel Watch: 2018 Newmarket Fillies' Mile (Group 1)

Dubai Beauty winning on debut at Newmarket
Very few Frankel two-year-olds have hit the heights this season. In fact, generally, numbers of runners seem sparse. 

Taking a look at the declarations, I see two offspring are still entered for the Fillies' Mile (Group 1) to take place at Newmarket 12th October. 

At present, there is still 23 entrants, with a maximum of just twenty to take place on the day. The number to race is likely to be a lot less. 

Frankellina (William Haggas)

This chestnut daughter of Frankel is out of a three-time winning mare, who only run four times in her full career. She concluded her victories with a Listed race success. Frankellina is a January foal and homebred in the familiar silks of A E Oppenheimer. She is unraced and priced 40/1 to win this contest over one mile. 

Dubai Beauty (Saeed bin Suroor)

A lovely winning performance for this daughter of Frankel who showed real class over 7f at Newmarket priced 3/1. The sky looked the limit for this bay filly when returning to Doncaster and contesting the May Hill Stakes (Group 2). She was very well backed from 7-4 - 11-8f. However, this homebred struggled and finished seventh beaten ten lengths. It was interesting that the first four home were all big prices which suggest the favourite were below par. Saeed bin Suroor has done much better this season than last but a success in such a high-profile race would be a real feather in his cap after a few lean years. Dubai Beauty (pictured) is priced 14-1 and one of three juveniles still holding declarations for Godolphin (the other two for Charlie Appleby).   

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Frankel - The C-Word

Frankel the wonder horse
Nothing abusive here. 

We are only interested in pure Frankel. 

So, what's all this about the C word. Just a couple of Frankel two-year-olds declared to run on Saturday, both at Haydock.

1:30 Haydock - 

1m (1m37y) Smarkets British EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Class 5) (2yo)

Ralph Beckett has at least three Frankel two-year-olds this season. Our recent post about Top Top and Fume who hasn't shown too much ability as yet. 

Chartered is a homebred daughter of  Frankel is out of a winning but limited mare. Chartered was fancied in the betting when making her debut at Newmarket over 7f. She finished a creditable fourth behind Sir Michael Stoute's Layaleena, who disappointed next time out under a penalty. The form of that debut has been franked by a number of horses including Dandhu, Canton Queen, Mot Juste & Imperial Charm. 

Interesting to see how Chartered goes here. Stepping up to one mile should help. 

2:40 Haydock - 

1m (1m37y) Smarkets British EBF Novice Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Colts & Geldings) (Class 4) (2yo)

Ed Walker has a small string of two-year-olds but he does remarkably well with them and excellent at placing his horses. Cap Francais is a bay son of Frankel out of a limited filly named Miss Cap Ferrat, trained by Geoff Wragg, back in the day. Cap Francais won well next start at Salisbury shooting clear by three-and-a-quarter lengths at odds of 8/13f. Has to defy a win penalty. 

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Frankel Watch: Top Top Top

We saw a nice Frankel two-year-old win earlier this week when East proved a live prospect for Kevin Ryan. 

Looking at the declarations I see Ralph Beckett has Top Top earmarked for 1st October at Kempton (6:45). 

This bay colt is a son of Frankel out of Jira who was trained by Clive Brittain and raced fifteen times with two wins. Both successes came at two, including a Listed race victory. Total prize money of just over £77,000. A highest official rating of 100. 

Top Top cost 260,000 guineas and owned by King Power Racing Co Ltd. Readers may remember that he is the owner of Leicester City. He has spent a fortune on horses this season with some success. 

Ralph Beckett has a decent string of juveniles this season including another two-year-old sired by Frankel named Fume. By all accounts, Fume has proven a very disappointing horse, beaten favourite on debut. Most recently, racing at nursery class with an official rating of 70. 

Monday, 24 September 2018

East Shines on Debut for Ryan

Hamilton saw a nice Frankel prospect make her debut for Kevin Ryan. 

Sof ground no barrier for this daughter of Frankel who cost £315,000 at the breeze-up sales in May. Now in the ownership of East Partners. She is out of a talented mare, Vital Statistics who was trained by David Elsworth. She achieved two wins from twenty-five starts both in her formative season at two, including a Listed-class success. Well beaten at three in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket. A highest official rating of 108. 

East was priced 9/4, winning by half a length from in Constant & Happy Power who both shouldered a win penalty. 

A tidy success after showing inexperience. 

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Which Frankel Offspring Has Shown the Most Promise?

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

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

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

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

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