Friday, 16 October 2020

Frankel Watch: Senita Makes it Third Time Lucky at Redcar

After a slightly slow start to the season, John Gosden's two-year-olds have clicked nicely into gear. 

Heading north to Redcar saw Senita, a strapping daughter of Frankel, make her experience count with a impressive victory.  Robert Havlin was all smiles after steering this January foal clear of a field of six opponents taking the Market Cross Jewellers EBF Fillies' Novices Stakes in comfortable fashion by four-and-a-quarter lengths. 

Punters got stuck into this 2/7f, who relished the testing going over this mile trip. 

After being a bridesmaid on her first two starts, connections will be pleased to see this brown filly get a win under her belt and go on to better things. 

Considering she held an entry for the Fillies' Mile Stakes (Group 1) it wasn't a surprise to see her bolt up although punters were probably thinking the same on her second start when she was beaten by William Haggas' Lilac Road when 1/6f. 

Senita was fancied to win on debut when runner-up at Newmarket racing over 7f, when bumping into another talented filly in Charlie Appleby's Danilova. 

K. Abdullah will be pleased to see his filly get her head in front as she hasn't done anything wrong. The dam, Atone, raced just twice for Abdullah, when trained by Sir Michael Stoute, winning by a short head on her second start at Goodwood. 

Senita has matched her mother with an impressive win and a horse who will progress with racing and likley to be running at pattern class sooner than later. 

Good luck to connections. 

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Three Horses That Have Transcended Horse Racing Throughout Their Career

Every sport needs an iconic figure that can take it to the next level. Basketball had Michael Jordan, while football had David Beckham. Horse racing is no exception to that, as there have been horses throughout history that has ensured that the popularity of the sport has been able to sustain itself and grow over time. 

Without horses such as these, there may not even be a sport there for gamblers to love in this present day. But, which horses have had this profound impact on the sport that we all love so dearly? 

Red Rum

There aren’t many horses that come close to the impact that Red Rum had on the sport. In fact, there aren’t many figures that have had such an importance in the history of their respective sports. 

Red Rum was able to have such an impact on horse racing that it helped lift the United Kingdom out of the gloom of a recession and capture the imagination of the whole country. He was able to do that by his performances on the track. Red Rum won back-to-back Grand Nationals in 1973 and 1974. 

That impressive achievement was only equalled for the first time in 2019 as Tiger Roll won the race for the second time in a row. However, the success that stands out more than most was his one in 1977. 

He returned from a second-place finish in the race the year prior to win the National in what is still regarded as one of the greatest moments in the history of the sport.  

American Pharoah 

When it comes to American horses that have achieved the success that Red Rum has it is hard to look past American Pharoah. By the time that the 2015 season got underway, it had been 40 years since there was a Triple Crown winner. No horse had been able to win the Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and the Kentucky Derby

However, that changed with American Pharoah, as the Bob Baffert-trained horse captured the imagination of American fans and increased the popularity of racing in the country. Viewers tuned in to see if he could achieve what many considered to be impossible and Pharoah became as popular as a football star in the NFL odds spread

It wasn’t just being able to capture the Triple Crown that caught the attention, but how dominant he was. He won the Belmont Stakes by an astonishing five and a half lengths. Further history awaited as he became the first horse to win a Grand Slam after success in the Breeder’s Cup Classic in his final race. 

He retired in 2015 but has a race named after him, the American Pharoah Stakes, that serves as a preparatory race for the Kentucky Derby.

Winx 

While Red Rum and American Pharoah both endured setbacks throughout their career, which made them beloved. Winx was a winning machine that gamblers and neutrals just tuned in to watch. Winx will remain the most dominant horse in the history of Australian racing, and he accumulated total winnings of AUD$ 26 million.

His dominance was honoured in 2017 as he was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame, in doing so, he became the first horse to achieve that honour while still in training.

Winx’s dominance was highlighted by the fact that he won 33 consecutive races, which also included 25 straight Group 1 successes. The last of those came in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, which was the third time that he had won that race. He also won four W.S Cox Plate’s, three Apollo Stakes and four Chipping Norton Stakes throughout his illustrious career. There will never be a horse quite like Winx in Australia ever again. 

Here you have it, 3 horses that made history. Which one did we miss?

Sunday, 4 October 2020

Frankel Watch 2020: Harlem Soul Ready to Roll (5th October)

Another week - another Frankel.

Will he be a star?  Only time will tell. If Mark Johnston has anything to do with proceedings, them Harlem Soul will be raring to go. 

Mark Johnston is no stranger to two-year-old winners at Pontefract and especially debutantes who can often hit the target. 

Harlem Soul is a chestnut colt out of a two-time winning mare, Giants Play.  She raced from 2009 - 11, starting her career with Sir Micheal Stoute and concluded in the United States with Christopher Clement. Achieving a win in the UK and States, a career of just twelve races saw an additional six placed efforts. A highest official rating on 96 and total prize earning of £99, 505 detail a fair horse. 

Harlem Soul was bred by Newsells Park Stud, sold to Teme Valley costing 130,000 guineas at the Tattersalls Yearling Sales. 

This February foal could well start favourite when competing in a seven-horse race at Pontefract over 1m 2f on soft going, ridden by Silvestre De Sousa.

Owners Teme Valley have already been successful with Gear Up (pictured), a two-year-old trained at Kingsley Park, who has proven a very talented juvenile. This son of Teofilo won his first two starts at York. In fact, his second start proved successful at Group 2 Class when taking the Acomb Stakes by half a length. Far from disgraced in fourth place - losing by two-and-a-half lengths - in the Royal Lodge Group 2. 

If Harlem Soul can achieve those heights, connections will be very happy. 

For those of you who are interested in Mark Johnston's 2yo Frankel offspring, then you will be pleased to see he has more bright talents at Kingsley Park Stables. 

Chase The Dollar

Polar Fleece 

Reams Of Love 

Fragrant Storm 

King Frankel 

Good luck to connections.

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Frankel Watch 2020: Barn Owl Coming Home to Roost for Charlton (30th September)

Thistle Bird winning the Pretty Polly Stakes (Group 1)
Taking a look at today's two-year-old racing. 

The eye is drawn to the 6:00 Kempton - 1m Unibet/British Stallion Stud EBF Stakes (Class 2) (2yo).

By all accounts, it looks a competitive heat with a large field of juveniles, headed by Charlie Appleby's Siskany, who made a fine introduction at Sandown two-weeks ago, when finishing fifth. 

If the betting is to be believed, this is a four-cornered affair with Siskany, Siam Fox, Landing System and Barn Owl in the mix. 

Roger Charlton's Barn Owl is worthy of closer inspection as this son of Frankel, out of the eight-time-winning mare Thistle Bird, was well backed on debut in July at Newbury when finishing 9th of fifteen. Racing over 7f, that was a pretty hot race, although I'm sure connections were expecting more from their bay colt. 

In the ownership of Nat Rothschild, this well-bred colt is stepping up to a mile and after a seventy-four day absence should be primed. In ways he has a similar profile to his half-brother, Bullfinch, similarly owned and trained, who disappointed on debut at Newbury when priced 5/1, before winning in sparkling fashion on his second start. 

The mare, Thistle Bird (pictured), was a very good racehorse who raced 20 times, achieved 8 wins and unplaced on just six occasions in a career which saw her conclude a lucrative four seasons with a Group 1 success winning the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh, racing over 1m 2f. An official rating of 116 and total prize earnings of £359,443 detail a very classy horse. 

Barn Owl didn't have much go right for him on debut when racing prominently but hampered in the closing stages which put pay to any live hope of winning. 

Roger Charlton will be expecting more from this March foal today and even though a competitive race, should go well and be battling for the win. 

Other 2YO Frankel offspring trained by Roger Charlton include:

Quilted 

Palafou

Victory Roll 

Keeper

Dalma 

Beheld (winner on debut)

Good luck to connections.

Thistle Bird Winning Pretty Polly Stakes (Group 1) 

Sunday, 27 September 2020

Frankel Watch: Fabilis Wins at Nottingham for Ralph Beckett (27th September)

Two-year-old Frankel offspring have been in flying form this season and Fabilis (pictured) is proving a quality horse after winning his last two starts. 

This son of Frankel out of a four-time-winning mare [Mirabilis] was fancied to go well on his debut at Newbury when racing over 7f, back in August, finishing a creditable sixth on rain-softened ground. 

However, this April foal proved all the rage when heavily backed on his second start at Chepstow, when opposing Il Bandito, who looked a pretty stern challenger after showing ample ability on his two previous starts. Fabilis' supporters were buoyant as this bay colt finished with purpose winning in comfortable fashion. 

An official rating of 82 looked quite a stiff mark, but connections must have considered it an alternative route and stepping up to a trip of one mile and half a furlong a positive as the 13/8f (drifting from 5/4) made all, if not a touch keen, staying on well to hold the late challenge of State Patrol by one length. 

Racing in the Frankel silks [K. Abdullah], ridden by William Buick, this was a smart performance for the colt who looks to have a good future ahead of him and very well placed by Ralph Beckett. 

It would be no surprise to see him stepping up in trip and to pattern class next year if not this. 

William Buick said: ''Fabilis kept going well and the step up in trip suited him. He's got plenty of stamina in his pedigree and looking at him I'm sure he'll improve next year as well.''

See Fabilis Full Result on Racing Post

Other two-year-old Frankel offspring for Ralph Beckett include: 

Vesela 

Saturday, 19 September 2020

Frankel Watch: Fivethousandtoone Runner-Up in Mill Reef Stakes (Group 2)

Andrew Balding's two-year-old Frankel offspring did Kingsclere proud when finishing runner-up to Alkumait at Newbury when contending the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (Group 2). 

Racing in the familiar silks of King Power Racing Co Ltd, this strapping son of Frankel started 5/2f to beat an eight-strong field. 

Travelling powerfully, Fivethousandtoone ran on well to dual out the finish with Marcus Tregoning's Alkumait who looked a touch inexperienced but finished with great gusto to deny the Balding team who hoped to win the race named after Mill Reef who was similarly trained at Kingsclere in the ownership of Paul Mellon and trained by Ian Balding. He proved an exceptional colt winning major races from 1970 - 1972, including the Epsom Derby (1972). 

The Mill Reef Stakes (Group 2) was inaugurated in 1972. 

Fivethousandtoone lost little in defeat losing by three-quarters of a length, but leaving the third horse Rhythm Master some two-and-three-quarter lengths behind in third. 

See the full result here.

It's most likely Fivethousandtoone will be earmarked for the Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1) that takes place on Saturday 10th October 2020. 

Good luck to connections.

Photo: Bahrain Pride beats Fivethousandtoone on debut at Windsor 

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Frankel Colt Fivethousandtoone Wins in Style at Odds-On

Andrew Balding has been in great form with his two-year-olds this season and I know he has at least one Frankel offspring in the ranks at Kingsclere Stables. As it happens, he has at least one other Frankel offspring named Spirit Mixer, bred by Littleton Stud. 

Fivethousandtoone is a bay colt sired by Frankel out of a two-time winning mare, including a Listed race success. 

This colt cost a fair sum at 475,000 guineas and was clearly held in high regard when starting his career at Windsor when priced 5/6f. As with s many good horses, bumped into another rare talented when held by Bahrain Price, trained by Simon Crisford, who has since run out a very easy winner of the Ripon Two-Year-Old Trophy. I can image Balding and the owners King Power Racing Co Ltd must have been surprised if not disappointed by this initial loss but were certain a win would be coming soon. 

That was the story when this February foal headed to Newcastle on the 3rd September, racing over six furlongs, this strapping colt was priced 1/2f and fairly sauntered home winning by an easy four lengths. 

Connections have big plans for the son of Frankel and he is earmarked for the Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1) a race Andrew Balding is yet to win in his training career. He would love to emulate the success of his father who was successful with Dashing Blade back in 1989, in the familiar silks of Jeff Smith, ridden by John Matthias.

There is little doubt Fivethousandtoone will be competing at Group class and by all accounts will be competitive at that level. 

Who knows, come Saturday 10th October 2020, Frankel may follow in the hoof steps of Pinatubo, Too Darn Hot, U S Navy Flag, Churchill, Air Force Blue Belardo, War Command, Dawn Approach, Parish Hall... 

And for the biggest winner of them all Frankel who won the Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1) in 2010. 

Good luck to connections. 

Monday, 24 August 2020

Kentucky Derby 2020 Betting: 9 Horses Might Turn The Tide This September

The Churchill Downs is taking its final shape as the 146th renewal of the Kentucky Derby will take place this September 5, 2020. Remember that last year, the Derby ended its most controversial version by disqualifying a real winner. Today, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Run For The Roses is looking to vindicate its prestige.

Like the Kentucky Derby's past versions, the huge favorites are always leading the pack of getting the most number of bets from fans. However, some underdogs are upset in the ranking and can come out winners after the competition. It proves that the Derby is anyone's game, and if the colt displays optimum toughness, he can win regardless if he's an underdog. 

The Derby today is making way for twenty participants to compete. You might have seen in many horse racing platforms about the horses who were huge favorites. However, as you bet the Kentucky Derby race, there is always room to consider the underdogs, which can help you earn more when they win. Here are the horses that might change the game's course in this year's Kentucky Derby race. 

Enforceable 

Garnering at least 46-Derby points, Enforceable has currently earned a total of $314,550 since his birth. This colt is trained by Mark E. Casse and owned by John C. Oxley. He has competed in many stakes races since last year, including the Lecomte Stakes (1st), Risen Star Stakes (2nd), Blue Grass Stakes (4th), and Louisiana Derby (5th). 

Rushie

With non-restricted stakes earnings of $108,000, Rushie is also taking a spot in the Derby in the next two weeks. He has tallied at least 40-Derby qualifying points and completed several significant Derby trails. Last June, he ended third place in the Santa Anita Derby and placed the same spot in the Blue Grass Stakes. 

Major Fed 

Major Fed is also another entry to the Derby this year, earning around 38 Derby-qualifying points. Looking into his bankroll, he had saved non-restricted earnings of $179,100 and achieved several horse racing placements. He placed second in the Risen Star Stakes, fourth in the Louisiana Derby, tenth in Matt Winn Stakes, and second in the Indiana Derby. 

Storm The Court 

Storm The Court has the biggest inconsistencies in the Derby odds ranking but managed to still participate in the Derby. He now earned 36-Derby points with $1,273,850 current earnings. Some of his achievements were the Ohio Derby (3rd), Arkansas Derby (6th), San Vicente Stakes (4th), and San Felipe Stakes (3rd). 

Attachment Rate

Tallying at least $93,675 earnings and 35-Derby points, Attachment Rate will surely be in the quest for this year's Run For The Roses. This colt is trained by Dale Romans and has placed second in the recently concluded Runhappy Ellis Park Derby. His other achievements include the Gotham Stakes (3rd place), Matt Winn Stakes (4th), and Blue Grass Stakes (5th). 

Sole Volante

After his 6th place accomplishment in the Belmont Stakes, Sole Volante has secured a spot in the Derby and stocked $275,510 in earnings. He also garnered 30-Derby points and tallied significant accomplishments, such as the Tampa Bay Derby (2nd), Sam F. Davis Stakes (1st), and Pulpit Stakes (1st). 

Finnick The Fierce

Finnick The Fierce will also have his stint to the Derby after earning 25-qualifying points in the trail, which led him to earn $121,700. He is trained by Rey Hernandez and ridden by Jose Ortiz. Finnick The Fierce has also accomplished six racing games, including a 7th place in the Blue Grass Stakes, 3rd in the Arkansas Derby, 4th in Lecomte Stakes, and 7th in the Risen Star Stakes. 

Winning Impression

Garnering 20-Derby points in all trails, Winning Impression has earned $54,822 total earnings since his birth. He placed both in the 7th place after participating in the Indiana Derby and Runhappy Ellis Park Derby. Moreover, he was the third placer at the Arkansas Derby held last May 2, 2020. 

Necker Island

Completing the list of the Derby participants this year is Necker Island. He earned 14-Derby points with a total of $74, 8080 earnings. He had saddled up in many stakes races since his birth and earned several accomplishments. Some of these were at the Runhappy Ellis Park Derby (3rd place), Indiana Derby (3rd place), Matt Winn Stakes (5th place), and Gotham Stakes (5th place). 

Takeaway

Like the huge favorites in the upcoming Kentucky Derby, the underdogs should not be undervalued as the scorecard is still equal and will only change when the race begins. It doesn't mean that the horse with the lowest odds value cannot blossom when he remains tough until the finish line. 

Therefore, with the list of underdog racehorses above, you can see that they have also accomplished significant racing events. One of them might beat the big favorites this 2020 Kentucky Derby. All we can do is wait until the race commences.

Sunday, 16 August 2020

Roger Charlton Double-Handed with Frankel 2yos at Newbury

It's always exciting to see the new two-year-old Frankel offspring making their debut and we have a couple doing just that today. 

Make sure you watch the 1:15 Newbury - The Unibet Thanks To Frontline Workers EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes (Plus10/GBB Race) (Class 5) (2yo). 

This straight 7f race takes place on good to soft going. 

So who are the Frankel fillies? 

Firstly, we have Beheld in the familiar Frankel silk [K Abdullah] in training with Roger Charlton. 

This chestnut daughter of Frankel - February foal - is out the mare Tendu who raced six times for Abdullah in training with John Gosden. She won easily on her second start at Kempton [2014] and concluded her two-year-old season when beaten into 5th place by Tiggy Wiggly in the Cheveley Park Stakes (Group 1). 

She raced three times as a three-year-old. Finished second behind Limato at Ascot, lost by a neck on her second outing at three at Listed class and down the field when heading to Royal Ascot to compete in the Common Wealth Cup (Group 1). 

She achieved an official rating of 107. Total earning of £34, 293. 

Beheld is fancied in the betting [5/2f] and it would be no surprise to see her run a big race on debut and hold high hope of racing at pattern class this season. 

Palafou is also trained by Roger Charlton in the familiar silks of Nick Bradley Racing 38. The Bradley syndication has done well this season with a number of talented two-year-olds and this daughter of Frankel is worthy of note. 

Dandalla & Fev Rover have been flying high for connections. 

This bay filly is an April foal out of the mare Palimony who raced twice for David Lanigan in the ownership of Bjorn Nielsen. 

Palafou was a pretty expensive yearling purchase at 110,000g. 

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Good luck to connection. 

Exciting times. 

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

A Selection of 2YO Frankel Offspring Ready to Roll

A Selection of 2YO Frankel Offspring Ready to Roll
It's great to see the resumption of the Flat turf season and we've been lucky enough to see a couple of Frankel 2yo offspring hit the track. 

Readers have seen John Gosden's Seventh Kingdom make a winning debut at Doncaster, while Archie Watson sent out Stream to finish a creditable second at Goodwood when bumping into Joseph Tuite's smart filly Lullaby Moon. 

The greatest aspect of following Frankel's offspring is that we are always waiting for the next big thing. And you don't have to wait very long when it comes to this fantastic sire. 

Looking at the Juddmonte Stallion Frankel page, we have a host of leading owners and trainers who are looking forward to the future 

So let's look at a few two-year-old (2yo) horse trainers who you may be pleasantly surprised to see they have a Frankel in the ranks. 

Tom Clover revealed a nice two-year-old to race at Windsor called Soldierpoy who finished second best to a fair Hugo Palmer horse in Northbound. However, the stable will be looking forward to their Frankel colt The Guvnor making a name for himself.   

Kevin Ryan is a brilliant trainer fo two-year-old horses and he will be placing his bay colt Hello Zabeel to go close on debut. 

One trainer on the upgrade is Ed Walker who has an increased string of two-year-olds for this season and a number of high-profile owners and very expensive buys. To add to the stable's strength to Kingsdown Stables. Beloved is a bay filly out of the mare Love And Bubbles.   

Next, we have David O'Meara who has started this two-year-old season with a few sparkling winners. The stable know their juveniles very well and Turandot is a name to put in your mythical notebook. This bay filly is bred, and most likely owned, by Sir Robert Ogden. 

David Simcock has a Frankel named Stour

Andrew Balding's stable has been on the crest of a wave and very few of his horses win at big odds (that isn't true but I'm just saying this for the next sentence). Well, he has a Frankel colt out of a mare named Promised Money and he is called Fivethousandtoone. I don't think we will be getting one-hundredth of that on debut but time will tell. 

Marcus Tregoning doesn't get as many two-year-olds as he deserves but he has a Frankel colt from Shadwell Estate Company Estate called Motorajja

One stable who hasn't been blessed with a high standard of two-year-old over the last few years is Ed Dunlop. He has a very well-bred colt named John Leeper who is out of the mare Snow Fairy. I'm looking forward to seeing this thoroughbred. 

Saturday, 25 July 2020

A Busy Saturday for High-Profile Frankel Two-Year-Olds (2YO)

What an exciting day. 

Today we have four potentially smart Frankel two-year-olds making their debut.

Amazingly, three are contesting the same race: 1:15 Ascot. 

The 7f Betfred Supports Jack Berry House British Fillies' Novices Stakes (Plus 10/GGB Race) (Class 5) (2YO).

These three well-regarded fillies will be making their mark this season and it would be no surprise to see one of these talents winning today. 

Snow Lantern

Many readers will remember Richard Hannon's star filly, Sky Lantern, won impressively on debut and carved out a career of winning at the highest level. In a career of 16 races, she won 6 and finished runner up  4 times. 

Highlights include:

The Moyglare Stakes (Group 1)
English 1000 Guineas (Group 1)
Coronation Stakes (Group 1) 
Sun Chariot Stakes (Group 1)

Snow Lantern is a grey daughter of Frankel, a March foal, in the ownership of Rockcliffe Stud. 

Zabeel Queen

This bay daughter of Frankel is out of the mare Dubai Queen, a winning who raced at listed class when in training with Luca Cumani and similarly owned by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum. This homebred is in training with Roger Varian and already hold an entry for the Moyglare Stakes (Group 1). 

Light Refrain

This well-bred daughter of Frankel is in the ownership of Her Majesty The Queen. The mare was similarly owned and trained by William Haggas. This January foal may be the first Frankel bred by the Queen. 

In addition, we have a very exciting horse in training with Charlie Appleby, racing at Newmarket. 

Dhahabi -

This a bay colt and son of Frankel out of the mare Fleche D'or and he is a half-brother to Derby winner Golden Horn (pictured). This March foal cost a wallet-busting 3.1 Million guineas.

What a day of Frankels we have to look forward to. 

Saturday, 11 July 2020

Frankel Watch 2020: James Ferguson's Francesco Guardi Led Final Strides

Frankel Watch 2020: James Ferguson's Francesco Guardi Led Final Strides
James Ferguson may be a new trainer on the block but it didn't take him any time to shine. 

Based at Saville House Stables, St Mary's Square, Newmarket, Suffolk, this talented trainer has literally hit the ground running. 

Today, he put the icing on the cake with a classy colt two-year-old making the headlines. 

This fresh-faced handler is no stranger to success serving alongside Sir Mark Prescott and Jessica Harrington before taking his licence and showing his peers how it is done. 

Many trainers have to wait for a lifetime to get the opportunity to train a Frankel offspring, but this cool-headed rookie has achieved that mantle in the first year. Not only that, but he also proved the point by winning on debut. 

Francesco Guardi looks an exciting prospect for the team. This bay son of Frankel, out of a French-winning mare showed his class when getting up in the dying strides at Salisbury (5:05) to collar John Gosden's hot favourite Lost In Space who held a lead until Hector Crouch made a late dash for victory. 

Racing in the familiar silks of owners The 4letterfirstnames & Ballylinch Stud, this 200,000 guinea yearling purchase looked green and in need of the experience on his racecourse bow. However, raw talent saw this March foal keep on strongly in the closing stages to lead in his final strides winning by a head. 

Francesco Guardi beat eleven opponents in a driving finish priced at odds of 9/1. 

Interestingly, Kieran Fallon, who rides most of the work on this impressive colt, told Ferguson that he would be hard to beat on debut. 

Congratulations to connection and good look for the future. This Frankel two-year-old is going places. 

Did you know Francesco Guardi was a famous Italian painter? 

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Epsom Derby Dream for Kameko and House Park Stables

You have one chance to win an Epsom Derby. 


Those words were as true for Ian Balding back in 1971 as they are for his son Andrew in 2020. 

The story continues. 

Back in 1971, Ian Balding achieve the mantle of every thoroughbred horse trainer across the globe when he won the Epsom Derby with a truly astonishing racehorse named Mill Reef. This bay colt was an exception to the rule winning 12 of his 14 starts and even his losses were second place. Mill Reef powered home to win the Derby by two lengths putting House Park Stables on the map. Paul Mellon, owner, and jockey, Geoff Lweis, would forever hold that glory in their heart and mind. Such rare moments of success come once in a generation.

And that is the case for this Saturday, July 4th at 4:55 Epsom. Because Kameko, trained by Andrew Balding is heading toward the greatest success of his training career with the hope his three-year-old colt cam emulate the success of his father by winning this Group 1.

Kameko is no stranger to success with a notable victory in this year's 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

But can he beat the likes of Ed Walker's English King and a host of Irish challengers from Aidan O'Brien's team?

This son of American sire, Kitten's Joy is fancied to go well on this auspicious occasion and horse racing fans will be watching with interest to see if this potential superstar of racing can wink an eye to Mill Reef. 

As far as horse racing stories go it is one of man and boy, father and son, and two thoroughbreds who could well be written in the history books of racing very soon. 

Good luck to all. 

Frankel Watch 2020: Anghaam Makes a Quiet Introduction for Hannon at Doncaster

This week, I almost missed a Frankel two-year-old. Some of these Frankels are so fleet of foot they can slip under the radar and then pop up with a win. 

To be fair, that could well be the case for Anghaam, a grey daughter of Frankel who made her debut over 6f at Doncaster when finishing fourth behind Roger Varian's She Do who is a potentially smart two-year-old in the making. 

Anyway, I didn't realise Anghaam was an offspring of Frankel until I heard the commentator singing her praises after the line. He didn't really sing her praises, more mentioned this March foal in passing. 

Anghaam is an exceptionally well-bred daughter of Natagora who needs little introduction for those who know their racing. If you need a little more insight, I will tell you more!

The mare sadly died in 2018 being euthanized after the deterioration of an ongoing health issue.  

Readers may remember for her half-length win when competing in 1000 Guineas, at Newmarket, back in 2008. This Group 1 victory was one of seven wins from fourteen starts, plus four second places and two thirds crowned a truly inspiring career for the predominantly French-raced mare.

Take a look at the previous 1000 Stakes Winners

Racing in the ownership of Stephan Friborg and trained by Pascal Parry. 

In addition to the Classic success, she won the Cheveley Park Stakes (Group 1) when holding the late challenge of Jeremy Noseda's Fleeting Spirit by a neck at odds of 7/2. 

A remarkably consistent filly, apart from her concluding race at Sha Tin, Hong Kong, she was never beaten more than four lengths. When you consider she raced at Group 1 on eight occasions you would do well to find a horse that proved she was top class. 

In total, she achieved earnings of almost £800,000. 

Back to Anghaam, who ran well on debut. She was pretty fancied in the betting at odds of 9/2. Richard Hannon's filly, in the ownership of Hamdan Al Maktoum. This homebred herald from Shadwell Estate Company Limited. 

I would expect a big run from Anghaam who was given a tender debut but still showed plenty of class. There will be much more to come next start and it could well be a win on the cards. 

It would be lovely to see this daughter of Natagora (pictured) go on to compete at pattern class and emulate her mother who will be sadly missed by connections and race fans alike.

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Frankel Watch 2020: Chase The Dollar Suffers at the Hooves of a Mutiny (30th June)

Another day another dollar, as the saying goes. 

In the UK we are talking about pounds, shillings, and pence. However, son of Frankel, Chase The Dollar, trained by Mark Johnston in the ownership of Saeed Suhail, had his golden first prize stolen from him at Musselburgh when Ventura Mutiny proved too savvy in the ownership of Middleham Park Racing LX. 

This son of Showcasing has progressed with his three starts and great yearling purchase at 85,000 guineas. 

Odds-on backers got their fingers burned (seems to happen so often in two-year-old racing) when the 2/5f was almost left standing by the front-running tactics of the Richard Fahey-trainer winner, who powered home in good style by four-and-a-half lengths. The 7/2 second-favourite led from the start and pulled away as Chase The Dollar was learning on the job and didn't have the fitness or experience to put down a blow to the front runner who galloped to the line. 

There's little doubt Chase The Dollar will make amends for this slightly disappointing start to proceedings and should go on to better things long term. 

This bay son of Frankel, an April foal (Fool's Day) is out of a Group 2 winning mare (Cape Dollar) who was in trainer with Sir Michael Stoute and in the same ownership. She raced nine times, winning twice, and total earning of £72,295. 

She was unplaced in her sole start at Group 1 when contesting the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in 2011. 

Connections will be disappointed not to see Chase The Dollar win on debut however this homebred is a good physical type with plenty of improvement to come and he could well race at pattern class this season. 

Good luck to connections.  
 

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Frankel Watch: Ghaaliya Wins on Debut at Kempton for Brian Meehan

Who says every Frankel offspring wins at prohibitive odds? 

OK, I know you didn't say it...

Brian Meehan has started this belated two-year-old racing season in fine form with three winners, which is bordering on supersonic as he's only had four runners. 

For the aficionados, they are Talbot, Jimmy Sparks (both second start), and Ghaaliya who we put centre stage because we are talking about all things Frankel. 

For reference, another of his juveniles, Imperial Fora, finished second, losing by a neck. 

Anyway, we know our two-year-old racing and we love to see those Frankel offspring hitting the headlines. 

Ghaaliya is a bay daughter of Frankel out of the mare Shumoos. 

I'm sure a number of readers can remember this mare because she was similarly trained by Meehan back in 2011. She made a scorching debut when thrashing her opponents by four-and-a-half lengths, backed to 15/2 from an opening price of 8/1, touching 10/1. 

I can remember watching that debut at Haydock over 5f. 

The race reporter for the Racing Post said: ''Green to post, raced keenly, held up, headway over 2f out, soon switched left to track leaders, switched right over 1f out, quickened to lead inside final furlong, shot clear final 100yds, impressive.''

She was an expensive yearling purchase at $375,000, racing in the ownership of Fawzi Abdulla Naas.  

Shumoos was one of those horses you would love to own. 

On the back of her sparkling debut, she was made 6/5f to win the Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2) at Royal Ascot. She finished second best but lost nothing in defeat by a short-head to Best Terms, trained by Richard Hannon Snr, a horse that would also go on to win the Lowther Stakes. 

For the rest of her two-year-old season, she campaigned at pattern class. A head victory at Kempton, when winning the Sirenia Stakes (Group 3), was well deserved after a splendid effort finishing third in the Cherry Hinton (Group 2) and disappointment when unplaced in the Lowther when too keen and then hampered. 

Concluding the British season, she was unplaced in the Cheveley Park Stud (Group 1). 

However, on the 4th November, she would face a stiff challenge heading across the pond to race at Churchill Downs (USA) when contesting the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint on the dirt

Keeping on strongly at the line in an incredible race, she finished a gallant runner-up, losing by one length, to Bob Baffert's 4/7 favourite Secret Circle. A real tribute to this classy filly, taking on a field full of colts, with only a 3lb sex allowance. 

She remained in training in the US with Ben Cecil. However, there must have been serious problems because Shumoos didn't race for almost 500 days. She concluded her four-year-old career with four starts and retired to be a broodmare. 

In a racing career of just 11 starts, she achieved two wins and placed five times. With a highest official rating of 109 she had total earnings of £120,145. 

Like mother like daughter, it was great to see Ghaaliya win on debut at Kempton at odds of 14/1. Although showing signs of inexperience and greenness, she powered clear in the final two-furlong before slightly pulling herself up to beat Rhoda's Choice by a head, the third two-and-a-quarter lengths behind. 

Well done to connections.

Photo: Shumoos, far left, when third in the Cherry Hinton Stakes (Group 2) at Newmarket 2011 

Saturday, 13 June 2020

Archie Watson Fields Stream on Debut at Goodwood

Few trainers have caught the imagination more than Archie Watson. 

Since gaining his licence in 2016, he hasn't looked back. 

Saxon Gate, Upper Lambourn, West Berkshire has been the starting point for a number of classy two-year-olds. 

Interesting to think the first two-year-old he raced back in October 2016, was a 50/1 shot called Erinyes who finished sixth of ten at Kempton Park. 

Things have changed a little since then. 

In many respects, this insightful handler is synonymous with two-year-old racing. I read a Tweet once which said he was making a name as a just a two-year-old trainer as if it was a problem. I didn't reply, but I thought it was a ridiculous comment when any trainer will tell you how difficult it is to train a winner of any age. 

This year has seen Watson start as he means to carry on - winners aplenty. 

A couple of classy juveniles are already earmarked for Ascot (I keep wanting to say Royal Ascot) in the shape of Mighty Gurkha, who trounced the opposition on debut by seven lengths and Jojo Rabbit who made amends for his defeat on his racecourse bow with a bloodless victory second start. 

Eagle-eyed punters will be keen to spot this noted thoroughbred along with the impressive Sussex Downs. 

As far as I am aware, this is the first Frankel two-year-old the stable have trained but there will be plenty more to come. 

Stream is a bay daughter of Frankel out of the mare Ainnippe, who won four times in fourteen starts for Ger Lyons. Racing in the same ownership of Qatar Racing Ltd, the mare won at Listed class on her second start at two and had a couple of successes at Group 3 the following season. Achieving a highest official rating of 106, she won more than £100,000 in total prize earnings. 

It's interesting to note that Stream was a bargain buy when purchased at the yearling sales for just £65,000. Considering the stallion fee for Frankel is £175,000 it is a surprising price tag. 

The tissue prices for her debut at Goodwood (1:10) suggest this March foal could start favourite. Oisin Murphy takes the ride over this 5f trip on going described as good. 

Good luck to connections. 

Frankel Watch: Seventh Kingdom Wins Readily on Debut at Doncaster

You don't have to wait long to be impressed by a Frankel-sired two-year-old.


That's what favourite backers concluded as they saw the John Gosden-trained Seventh Kingdom win on debut at Doncaster. 

This son of Frankel out of the winning mare Nayarra started his career in a four-runner race but there was lots of enjoy about his performance when winning by and easy four-lengths at odds of 6/5f. 

This April foal in the familiar silks of owner Prince A A Faisal took a little while to gather pace as Longlai and Codebook set the pace but it was all changed at the two-furlong pole as Seventh Kingdom cruised past the opponents, pulling clear in the final half-furlong to make a beautiful introduction with hopes of more to come. 

Thady Gosden, representing John Gosden said: He was a bit green and behind the bridle but picked up nicely and galloped to the line. 

There will be more to come from this attractive colt. 

Photo: Red Carpet Dream, trained by George Scott in the ownership of Ms Luisa Zissman 

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Magical Land Goes Close on Debut for Charlie Appleby

The two-year-old season is underway and I didn't think it would take too long before a Frankel offspring reared its beautiful head. 


Remember, Frankel Blog is all about detailing the best Frankel offspring of 2020 but specific to two-year-olds (2yos). 

Anyway, we've already seen a very talented juvenile that didn't win on debut at Newmarket but showed ample ability and will be winning before long. 

Magical Land is a February foal and son of Frankel out a mare named Mistrutsting who raced just seven times in her race career, similarly owned and trained. She, too, was defeated on debut (Ascot, 2014), winning at Haydock on her second start when 1/3f. Interestingly, she only raced at pattern class on her last two starts when unplaced at Group 3 but prevailed on her final start in a Listed race. 

Magical Land is a home-bred who was made 11/10f when racing at headquarters on the 4th of June.  

This bay colt was expected to win but may have been foiled by circumstance rather than lack of ability. It looked as if there was a track bias that day at Newmarket and horses running on the rail and leading held, in my opinion, a distinct advantage. Magical Land was drawn in stall two and raced down the centre of the course. Slightly outpaced, he gathered stride and was making good headway over the last two-furlongs to lose by one-and-a-quarter lengths behind Bright Devil (pictured), trained by Andrew Balding. 

Time may tell that was a decent race, but, one thing we can be sure, is that Magical Land will improve for this debut and take a lot of beating next time out. 

Good luck to connections.