Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Frankel Watch: Unresolved 2yo Frankel Colt Ready to Shine for Saif Ali

The Frankel 2yos for 2019 are hotting up.

I really enjoy looking at the Frankel Progeny Entries detailed on the Racing Post. I usually take a quick look to see the week ahead and make a note of any juveniles declared to make their racecourse bow. 

Readers will know that Frankel Blog is all about the two-year-old (2yo) strings for trainers big and small. This season we have seen a couple of Frankel's make their debut for Mark Johnston who trains at Kingsley House, Middleham, Leyburn, North Yorkshire. 

The first colt being Fred, who disappointed on debut, then ran a storming race at Leicester to win by a nose. This son of Frankel is on the small side but doesn't lack for pace and even considered for the Superlative Stakes (Group 2).  

More recently, we saw Nick Bradley Racing field a Frankel filly called Frankel's Storm who was fancied to go well on debut at Newmarket. She finished 7th although only beaten just over four lengths and wasn't favoured by running down the middle of the course. 

Related story: Frankel's Storm Ready to Roll for Mark Johnston

We mentioned in that day's post Johnston has four Frankel two-year-old in his string. At that time this son of Frankel was unnamed but now we can reveal his name is Unresolved, a bay colt, born on April 7th, 2017. 

The mare, Lamar, was in training with James Tate in the same silks of Saif Ali. She was a durable daughter of Cape Cross racing 25 times in her career, achieving 6 wins including a Listed class success. An all-time Official Rating of 106 details a talented horse which ran up to 1m 2f. Total earning of £153,415. 

Unresolved was sold at the sales for £85,000, which is incredibly cheap considering the stallion fee for Frankel is £175,000. 

Taking a look at the entries this colt has been entered at the five-day declaration stages for the following 2yo races:

Saturday 20th July - 6:30 Haydock - British Stallions EBF Novices Stakes (Plus 10 race) over 7f.  

Interesting to note that Mark Johnston also has Fred entered for this contest.

Good luck to connections.  

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Frankel Watch (2yo): Alpinista to Make Debut for Sir Mark Prescott

Well, we have seen a few Frankel 2yos making waves these last few weeks. 

Juan Elcano ran a superb race when runner-up in the Superlative Stakes (Group 2) at Newmarket. 

Frankel's Storm made a nice debut at Newmarket on the same Saturday for Nick Bradley Racing. 

Frankel Blog is all about detailing Frankel 2yos and especially so when making their racecourse bow. In addition, we love to follow their story along the way when they achieve success whether a win at maiden or contesting pattern class. 

Great news!!!!

Sir Mark Prescott is always a trainer to follow. Heath House Stables have always been at the top of the tree when it comes to big winners. In recent years, their two-year-old string has been a little depleted but you can guarantee.     

Interesting to see that Miss Kirsten Rausing has a homebred Frankel filly ready to race. Alpinista is a grey daughter of Frankel. This February foal is out of the mare Alwilda, who was unraced for the same connections and trainer. 

This filly is declared to race on Thursday 18th July at Epsom in the Epsom & Ewell Phab EBF Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) over 7f

Taking a moment to review Juddmonte Farms Stallions I can see that Sir Mark Prescott has the following Frankel two-year-olds (2yos) in training. 

Miss Frangipani: A chestnut filly out of Miss Cap Estel bred by Pearce, Exors of the Late Mr J L C

Good luck to connections.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Frankel Watch: Frankel Hopes Step Up for Superlative Stakes at Newmarket

Juan Elcano trained by Kevin Ryan [Frankel 2yo]
Looking forward to Newmarket this Saturday. 

Plenty of horse racing fans will be anticipating the Darley July Cup Stakes (Group 1), which is part of the British Champions Series. Martyn Meade's Advertise is priced 11/4f for a winner's prize of £285,550. 

For two-year-old racing enthusiasts, the bet365 Superlative Stakes (Group 2) will be something to savour. 

This Class 1 race has a rich heritage. Taking place on the July Course at Newmarket over 7f. Formerly known as the Bernard van Custom Stakes, named after a successful racehorse breeder and trainer who died in 1975.  He trained many talented horses including High Top who won the 2,000 Guineas in 1972. 

The race was named the Superlative Stakes in 1991. It honours Superlative, the winner of the July Stakes in 1983. 

Originally holding Listed status this race was upgraded to Group 3 in 2003, then to its present lofty standing in 2006. 

The Superlative Stakes saw jockeys Steve Cauthen and Pat Eddery win the race fours times (since 1986). 

Sir Henry Cecil made this race his own with 9 wins spanning 1986 - 2000. Probably the best of the lot Be My Chief, who won in 1989. He went on to win the Racing Post Trophy in the same year. 

A number of exceptional horses have won this race before going on to prove star performers. 

In 2004, Dubai won for Saeed bin Suroor, ridden by Frankie Dettori. He went on to win the Irish 2,000 Guineas. 

The greatest success of them all being Olympic Glory in 2012, trained by Richard Hannon Jr. and ridden by Richard Hughes. Awarded equal top-rated British two-year-old 2012 and World top-rated three-year-old colt 2013. 

Last year saw Charlie Appleby's Quorto win ''very readily'' by over three lengths, ridden by William Buick. Quorto went on the finish his two-year-old season with a hattrick of wins when tasting victory at the Curragh in the National Stakes (Group 1). 

This year's race is all the more intriguing for Frankel Blog with not one but two Frankel-sired two-year-olds declared to run. 

Kevin Ryan's Juan Eclano hasn't been seen for over a month since winning on debut at Haydock by a neck when starting 6/4f. This chestnut son of Frankel is priced 8/1. 

Mark Johnston has *Fred who proved a disappointment on debut when made favourite but finished last. However, this small son of Frankel proved that initial support wasn't misjudged when he led all the way at Leicester to hold on by an outstretched nose. 

Charlie Appleby fields King's Command for Godolphin who is 5/2f. 

*Just eight runners with Fred being omitted at the final declaration stage.   

The Superlative Stakes (group 2) takes place on Saturday 13th July, 2:55 Newmarket on the July Course over 7f. 

Good luck to all connections.  

Monday, 8 July 2019

Frankel Watch: Frankel's Storm Ready to Roll in for Mark Johnston

Frankel Watch 2019: Frankel's Storm (2yo) Mark Johnston in the ownership of Nick Bradley Racing 13I must apologise for the lack of recent updates. I've been busy working on the two-year-old horse racing which is my priority and then travelled From the Fens to West Palm Beach, Florida. I'll be staying here for the next couple of months. 

Good to get back to the Frankel Blog. 

Exciting times for horse racing syndicate Nick Bradley Racing 13. These racing silks have been blessed with a number of very talented horses over the years. I can imagine this syndicate are particularly hopeful as they get to grips with a Frankel two-year-old (2yo). 

Frankel's Storm is a bay filly, born on the 14th February 2017. She is out of a three-time winning mare Gale Force who was trained by James Fanshawe, owned and bred by T G R Vesty.  Her final race concluded with a Listed victory at Saint-Cloud, France. She raced just 11 times in her career. She enjoyed a test of stamina and testing ground conditions racing over 1m 2f - 2m. The highest class of competition being Group 2. An official rating 96 detailed a class horse. 

Readers may remember we noted another Mark Johnston-trained Frankel two-year-old, Fred, who disappointed on debut but then went on to win at Leicester with a gutsy front-running display to hang on by a nose.  

Looking at the two-year-old crop on Juddmonte Stallions, Mark Johnston has, at present, four Frankel two-year-olds in his care. 

  • Fred
  • Unnamed bay colt out of Lamar bred by Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd
  • Unnamed bay colt out of Riberac bred by Mr & Mrs G Middlebrook

Frankel's Storm was bred by Normandie Stud from Watership Down Stud. She was purchased by Nick Bradley/Mark Johnston at Tattersalls October Yearling Sale (Book 1) for 130,000 guineas. [11th October 2018, Lot 382].   

Considering the stallion fee for Frankel is set at £175,000 this looks a very good buy. 

Frankel's Storm is entered to race at Newmarket (1:50) on Saturday, in the Rossdales British EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes (Plus 10) (7f). 

Click here to see the race declarations

At present, there are 23 horse declared with a maximum of 20 runners on the day (it will be significantly less on the day of the race).

Update: Great to see Frankel's Storm is one of 8 two-year-olds making the line-up. Nick Bradley's filly has been made favourite [3/1] so clearly expecting a bold show. 

Good luck to connections. 

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Frankel Watch 2019: Heaven Forfend Heads to Chesham Stakes for Sir Michael Stoute

Arthur Kitt wins Chesham Stakes Listed Race 2018
Exciting times. 

The first UK Frankel two-year-old of the 2019 Flat season is dipping his toe into pattern class by competing in the Chesham Stakes (Listed race) at Royal Ascot. 

Heaven Forfend is a bay son of Frankel out of the dam Heaven Sent. She was similarly owned (Cheveley Park Stud) and trained. A five-time winner, twice at Group 3, placed at Group 1. She achieved the highest official rating of 114 with total prize money of £362,08. 

It's interesting to note that Sir Michael Stoute has 10 Frankel two-year-olds in training for the 2019 season. 

Heaven Forfend is a good-looking bay colt, born in the month of May. He is homebred in the ownership of Cheveley Park Stud. He made his debut back in May when made 7/2f racing over 6f at Newbury. He ran a sterling race from a wide draw, putting down a stiff challenge to John Gosden's Light Angel, who finished unplaced in the Coventry Stakes (Group 2). 

There was a lot to like about the debut performance of Heaven Forfend who was beaten less than two lengths.  

The Chesham Stakes Listed race takes place on Saturday 22nd June, Heaven Forfend is one of 17 entrants. Priced at odds of 16/1, he is being ridden by Oisin Murphy. 

This race is run over 7f. Named after the 3rd Baron of Chesham. it used to be run over 6f but extended to 7f in 1996. It is legible to horses by sires who won over 1 mile 11/2 furlong or further. 

Since 1984, a number of high-profile trainers have won this race. In recent years, a couple of very talented juvenile won and went on to the highest class. These include Aidan O'Brien's Maybe (2011) & Churchill (2016). 

Churchill, a son of Galileo, went on to win the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas. Named Cartier Champion Two-year-old & Top-rated European two-year-old 2016. 

The 2018 Chesham Stakes Listed Race was won by Tom Dascombe's Arthur Kitt. 

Frankie Dettori has won the most time with four victories since 1986 Central Park (1997), Rhapsodist (1998), Seba (2001) & Tha'ir (2012). 

Paul Cole & Aidan O'Brien have trained the most winners of the Chesham Stakes with four winners each since 1986. 

Sir Michael Stoute has never won the Chesham Stakes. 

Good luck to connections. 

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Frankel Watch 2019: Shammah Shines at Windsor for Richard Hannon

Frankel Watch: Shammah Shines at Windsor
Readers may have noticed we have given a good few column inches to Frankel offspring this season. 

That's what you would expect from a website/blog dedicated to Frankel two-year-olds of the highest order. 

We mentioned Shammah in a couple of articles, half anticipating a win. However, this daughter of Frankel out of the dam Biscaya Bay, a French-winning mare, who raced up to Group 3, has finally come good. 

Anyway, it was third time lucky for this bay filly who won impressively at Windsor when stepping back to 5f. This March foal ran well on debut when competing in the Simon & Nerys Dutfield Memorial Stakes at Salisbury. She finished third behind Andrew Balding's Symbolize, who competed at Royal Ascot. 

The second start saw Shammah race at Kempton over 6f. A wide draw didn't help her cause as jockey Sean Levey got to the rail but in the process she ran much too freely and, therefore, struggled to finish the race, tiring rapidly in the final furlong to finish eighth of twelve. 

On the 17th of June, Shammah left the opposition trailing some five-lengths behind with an all-the-way victory at Windsor. The drop back to the minimum trip proved a positive move and race comments ''very comfortably'' detail a smart performance on good to soft going. 

Richard Hannon had considered this talented juvenile for the Hilary Needler Trophy Stakes, but connections bypassed that competitive heat. Owner Sheikh Abdullah Almalek Alsabah will no doubt be hoping for future successes. 

Juddmonte Farms said: ''Shammah the latest 2YO winner for Frankel, very impressive over 5f''.

The Mighty Frankel   

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

2 Frankel 2yos for Michael Bell in 2019 Season

Michael Bell Frankel 2YO 2019
Michael Bell is always a two-year-old trainer worth noting. 

This season the juveniles have been Maxi Boy, Applecross & Zmiles. It will be interesting to see how a couple of those go at Royal Ascot 2019. 

I'm not sure if Michael Bell has previously trained any Frankel-sired two-year-olds but it is with great joy we reveal Fitzroy House has at least two Frankel offspring this season. 

Festive Love is a chestnut filly sired by Frankel out of the dam Eva's Request in the ownership of Lady Bamford, who also has Herman Hesse who is trained this season with John Gosden. This colt made his debut at Great Yarmouth when priced 3/1 when finishing sixth. A very attractive horse who will be winning this season. 

Festive Love is worth watching this season. 

Interesting that the other Bell-Frankel two-year-old is in the ownership of The Queen. This bay colt is named Formality out of the dam Silver Mirage, who won on her final start in the same ownership. 

You can take a look at other Frankel offspring in training this 2019 season.      

Friday, 14 June 2019

Frankel Watch: Frankel Racing Tips

Frankel Racing Tips
Searching for Google keywords. 

It's the only way to keep ahead of the game. You will notice that Frankel Blog is top of the tree for many keywords because we write quality articles about the best two-year-olds (2yo) before they make their debut. We have detailed many juveniles from stables big and small. 

Take a look at these two articles: 

5 Frankel 2yos to Follow in 2019 

To a real powerhouse of a stable - Sir Michael Stoute, at Freemason Lodge Stables. 

10 Sir Michael Stoute Frankel 2yos for 2019 

There is much to look forward to. That's why we love to detail the best-thoroughbred Frankel offspring each and every Flat season. It is a sad fact that there is very few websites/blogs dedicated to Frankel offspring/progeny in the horse racing setting. Y  

You see plenty of words from Juddmonte Farms, who, rightfully, exclaim the triumphs of Frankel winners of all ages. There are lots to be excited about and we love to hear their news because they literally have their finger on the pulse. 

But what about a website/blog dedicated to Frankel Racing Tips. That would be something special. I'm not sure if any horse racing tipsters do this specifically. I very much doubt they do - just part of a wave of tips: the good, bad and ugly. 

However, Frankel Blog never sits back and watches the world go by. For that reason, we will be giving a few Frankel Racing Tips. They will be specific to Frankel 2yo racing because we know it pays to specialise within a niche. 

Just like Sir Henry Cecil, he was a master of his trade not the Jack of all trades. 

So if you want the best information about Frankel offspring and winners then take a look at Frankel Blog. 

Thanks for your support. 

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Frankel Watch 2YO: William Haggas With Reason to Rave about Frankel

Every horse trainer wants a piece of the Frankel pie.

We've seen the great and good owning Frankel offspring. We have only to look at the horse trainers who have a Frankel two-year-old (2yo) in their mitts. I couldn't be more pleased to see Ilka Gansera-Leveque has a bay colt called Amtiyaz stabled at Saint Wendreds in Newmarket, Suffolk. I'm sure this son of Frankel resides in a box with a golden door, a perfectly luxurious home padded, if not plumped, with cotton wool. He is fed parma violets giving him not only the sweetest, freshest breath but a bright mauve tongue to blow raspberries at passing visitors who dare to mention the f-word (Frankel, if your mind wandered to the word F...rankfurter).

You can tell I love my purple prose. 

Who wouldn't want to paint a dreamy world for this exciting sire's progeny?

Everything we say and do is written With Reason. Which, aptly, is the name of a Frankel-sire filly in the ownership of Mr & Mrs G Middlebrook, in training with William Haggas. We detailed a while back that the Newmarket maestro (not sure why we used an Italian word for such a very English man) has at least five Frankel two-year-olds in training at Somerville Lodge. 

You can read the article here: 5 Frankel 2yos for William Haggas in 2019  

With Reason is a Frankel-sired filly, March foal, out of the dam Eminently, who is similarly owned by the Middlebrooks, in training back in 2012, trained by Richard Hannon. She raced just four times over six furlongs, winning on her second start in the mud at Haydock, finishing unplaced at Listed class next start, achieving an official rating of just 71.   

Exciting times at many stables with these hypnotic equine beasts which fly up the gallops and bewitch those who play with words. 

Good luck to all who train a Frankel two-year-old in 2019.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Frankel Watch: 2YO Frankenstella to Shine for John Quinn

Liberty Beach wins for John Quinn after taking Hilary Needler Trophy
John Quinn has always been an underrated trainer of two-year-old horses. However, he has had some fantastic juvenile winners over the years. 

I have fond memories of The Wow Signal who only raced four times in his career, but this son of Starspangledbanner made an impact, especially at Royal Ascot 2014, tasting victory in the Coventry Stakes (Group 2) when clear by a length-and-three-quarters at odds of 5/1. Then a Group 1 success in the Prix Morny at Deaville. However, after finishing last when 7/4f at Longchamp, his two-year-old season was concluded. He suffered an injury when being trained for the 2000 Guineas and retired to stud for a fee of 8,000 euros. 

A filly who made waves was Signor Cabello who won four of her seven races at two. Those victories included the Marygate Fillies Stakes Listed Race, Queen Mary Stakes (Group 2), Prix Robert Papin (Group 2), then unplaced in the Cheveley Park Stud (Group 1). 

This 2019 turf season has seen another potentially smart juvenile in Liberty Beach, who won well on debut at Redcar, then a comfortable victory taking the Hilary Needler Trophy Conditions Stakes. This daughter of Cable Bay looks an inspired yearling purchase at just £16,000.  I watched this February foal win both races and she is a lovely-looking filly who is a great physical specimen. Owner, Philip Wilkins has a talented two-year-old which will no doubt be heading to Royal Ascot 2019. 

Anyway, we have set the scene for John Quinn at Bellwood Cottage Stables. 

The good news doesn't stop there because Quinn has got his hands on a Frankel-sire two-year-old who could be anything. 

Frankenstella is a bay filly out of the unbeaten super sire, from a twice-winning dam, including her racecourse bow, in training with Aidan O'Brien. A very consistent filly who was runner-up twice at Group 1 class. Her greatest success being at Listed class.  

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Frankel Watch: Fred Makes Return for Mark Johnston after Disappointing Debut

Mark Johnston trains Frankel colt Fred
Mark Johnston has a decent string of two-year-olds. You have only to look this Saturday when Kingsley Park Stables sent out Visinari who won well at Newmarket. Ryan Moore gave the grey son of Dark Angel a front-running ride to win by three-and-a-half lengths. 

So, that's all good and well. However, what the hell happened to Fred on debut?

I imagine a lot of punters are thinking the same thing. If you don't know anything about Fred, I'm talking about Mark Johnston's son of Frankel out of the dam called Deirdre. She won on her second start, racing just six times, placed at listed class. An official rating of 99. 

Fred may be something of an ugly duckling (or was) because there must have been a very good reason he fetched 145,000 guineas at the yearling sales. For followers of Frankel, you know why I say that because his stallion fee is set at £175,000. Which means this February foal should, ideally, have fetched more money. 

We wrote about this juveniles before his debut which can be read here: Fred to Make his Debut for Mark Johnston

I told a couple of people about Fred, even before the two-year-old season started. All looked promising when starting 11/4f at Ayr on debut. 

He finished eight of eight. Went out like a light!

To be fair the race saw a couple of bright prospects with Karl Burke's Lord Of The Lodge won well while Clay Regazonni ran a fine race in second beating the third by a yawning eight lengths. Fred finished last beaten 19-lengths. Clearly, that wasn't his running. I think we can all appreciate that. Well, we hope that is the case. 

I notice Fred has been given a couple of race entries this week. 

This Epsom Derby entrant has three possible engagements this week:

Thursday, 13 June 2019 - 2:00 (Four day) at Newbury Be Wiser Insurance Novice Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (6½f) 

Thursday, 13 June 2019 - 7:00 (Four day) at Haydock Revive Asset Ltd Ripponden Novice Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (6f) 

Friday, 14 June 2019 - 2:35 (Four day) at Sandown British EBF Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (7f)

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Frankel Watch: Juan Elcano Heading to Haydock for Kevin Ryan

Frankel Blog is all about keeping you informed of those talented Frankel two-year-old (2yo) colts and fillies you just can't afford to miss. 

Well, Kevin Ryan may have a decent juvenile to go to war with in the shape of Juan Elcano, who is a chestnut son of Frankel which cost 360,000 guineas at the yearling sales. Ryan is no stranger to talented two-year-olds as we have seen this 2019 turf flat season with the like of Rhea, who races in the same ownership of Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum. 

You can take a look at this talented filly here

Anyway, let's get back to Juan Elcano who is entered to run on the 7th June at 8:00 Haydock over 7f (6f 212y). Take a look at the betting for the British Stallions Stud EBF Novice Stake (Plus 10 Race) (Class 4) (2yo). At the time of writing, this April foal is priced 5/2 in a small field of 6 runners. Bar one form horse of Richard Fahey's, it looks an ideal opportunity. 

Readers of Frankel Blog will remember how last year Ryan achieved great success with East, who went on to conclude her two-year-old career in the United States when runner-up at Churchill Downs in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile's Fillies Turf when beaten by wonder horse Newspaperofrecord. This Group 1 campaigner is entered to run at Royal Ascot in the Coronation Stakes (Group 1) (21st June 2019). 

Just as an extra bonus, we can reveal another Frankel-sired two-year-old for the Flat season 2019 who is yet to race. Zabeel King who is a full-brother to East, out of the mare Vital Statistics.  

Related post: Three Flat Turf Horses to Follow in 2019/20 Season

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Richard Hannon Frankel Offspring in 2019 Flat Season

Richard Hannon Frankel Offspring in 2019 Flat Season
Readers may have seen our recent article about Shammah, being the first of Richard Hannon's Frankel two-year-olds to race this Flat turf season 2019. 

This daughter of Frankel out of a winning mare finished a creditable third behind Andrew Balding's Symbolize who looks a fair prospect. Read more about Shammah's first effort by reading this previous article on Frankel Blog. 

Anyway, let's hope this first sighting of a Frankel 2yo for the Hannon stable is a sign there is plenty more to come. 

Here is a list of their Frankel 2yos for this 2019 season. 

Shammah - Frankel x Biscaya Bay 

More to come...

Which Frankel Offspring in 2019 Has Shown the Most Promise?

Frankel Watch 2019
We all know Frankel was an exceptional racehorse. Few thoroughbreds achieve the dizzy heights of racing at the highest level and remain unbeaten. Added to this son of Galileo's success is the story of a remarkable horse trainer in Sir Henry Cecil. A man who, personally, saw the highs and lows of a training career. To battle an illness, which took his life, but stride by stride a fitting epitaph of man and horse. 

We have seen many remarkable successes from this exceptional racehorse and sire. 

But what will 2019 hold for the potential stars of this two-year-old season

Throughout this formative season, I will update the most notable Frankel two-year-olds (2yos) of this 2019 season. 

Worthy of note: 

Herman Hesse - John Gosden

This good-looking son of Frankel was well backed on debut at Great Yarmouth but never really figured giving the impression he needed the run. This homebred from Lady Bamford wasn't given a hard race and sure to improve on his second start. Herman Hesse is a lovely physical specimen. Definitely, a horse to keep on side and I suspect will go well take some beating next time out. 

Heaven Forfend - Sir Michael Stoute 

Quite unusual to see Sir Michael Stoute have an early two-year-old (2yo). It made me consider Royal Ascot is on the cards. Time will tell if that is the case. However, this son of Frankel ran a sterling race on debut at Newbury. Racing in the familiar silks of Cheveley Park Stud, this homebred is out of a six-times winning mare [Heaven Scent] who was similarly owned and trained. A durable racehorse who raced 27 times, winning at Group 3 and placed at Group 1. Heaven Forfend wasn't best served by a wide draw at Newbury, which saw his run on from some way off the pace. He did little wrong finishing runner-up to John Gosden's Light Angel. I can see Heaven Forfend running in the next couple of weeks and expect a bold show. Whether that is at Royal Ascot or an alternative venue, only time will tell.      


Friday, 31 May 2019

Richard Hannon's Frankel Filly Shammah to Make it Second Time Lucky

Richard Hannon's Frankel Filly Shammah to Make it Second Time Lucky
Our recent post noted John Gosden's Frankel colt Hernam Hesse, who made his debut at Great Yarmouth. By all accounts, it looked a strong race with Charlie Appleby's Boccaccio returning a comfortable winner while all those which hit the frame are worthy of interest in preceding weeks. 

Herman Hesse was well backed but needed the run and will be much better next time out. A lovely-looking colt who should be tasting victory sooner than later. 

Back to proceedings. Shammah is a daughter of Frankel, who made her debut at Salisbury when starting at odds of 6/1. This compact bay filly is out of a winning French mare. 

Shammah ran well on her first start behind Andrew Balding's Symbolize who could well be heading to Royal Ascot. When winning the Simon & Nerys Dutfield Memorial Stakes (Plus 10 Race). 

Readers may remember that Nerys Dutfield held a trainer's licence. The couple owned Axminster Carpets. Mr Dutfield died in April 2016, while his wife sadly passed away on July 20th (2016), after battling cancer. The couple is survived by their eight children. 

Shammah holds three entries from the 3rd - 5th June at Lingfield (6f), Nottingham (5f) & Kempton (6f) respectively. 

Related post: Frankel Watch 2019: Shammah Shines at Windsor for Richard Hannon

Monday, 27 May 2019

Frankel Watch (2yo): Herman Hesse to Write Poetic Prose for Gosden at Yarmouth

Interesting to note that John Gosden has a Frankel two-year-old (2yo) entered to run at Great Yarmouth on Thursday 30th May 2019. 

This February foal, a bay colt, is a homebred son of Frankel in the ownership of Lady Bamford. For those who have heard of Lady Bamford - a high-profile owner of racehorses - with many and varied trainers, she is a British business person who founded the Daylesford Organic Farmshops chain and Bamford brand of women's products. Her spouse is Lord Anthony Bamford who is the chairman of JCB. He is estimated to be worth £3.1 billion. 

Herman Hesse is out of a five-times winning mare who won a Group 2 race at Deauville, France. The mare started her career over 71/2f but raced predominantly over 8 - 10 furlongs in an 18-race career, which saw her finish runner-up on her final start at Saratoga, USA, when beaten by a head at Grade 1 at the age of five. She achieved total prize money of £511,865. 

Herman Hesse was a German-born poet, novelist and painter. Born in 1877, in 1946 he received the Nobel Prize for Literature. His work related to the search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. 

Herman Hess has been entered to run at Great Yarmouth (2:50) in the 7f (7f3y) British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes (Class 5) (2yo). 

Lady Bamford has many horses in trainer with handlers including John Gosden, Sir Mark Prescott, Charles Hills, Michael Bell & Richard Hannon. 

One of her best horses was Wings Of Desire, trained by John Gosden, who raced at the highest standard when competing just eight times at two and three. He finished fourth in the Epsom Derby (2016). 

Probably her greatest success was breeding and ownership of Sariska, trained by Michael Bell winner of the English and Irish Oaks in an 11 race career, achieving five wins and total prize winnings of $1,113,771.  

John Gosden has at least four Frankel two-year-olds at Carehaven Stables, Newmarket. One of those is named Majestic Noor, an April foal, and a bay filly out of the mare Nouriya, in the ownership of Mr Saleh Al Homaizi & Mr Imad Al Sagar. Who, intriguingly, own another Frankel prospect named Amtiyaz, who is in training with Ilka Gansera-Leveque. 

Very intriguing.     

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A horse to follow.   

Monday, 20 May 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Is Frankel Better than Secretariat?

Read these fascinating comments: 

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

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

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

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

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

Secretariat horse racing

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


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

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


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

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

What do you think? 

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