Thursday, 14 November 2019

7 Top Frankel Two-Year-Olds in 2019

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

Frankel never ceases to amaze. 

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

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

Visit Juddmonte Stallion Frankel - Two-Year-Olds.  

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

1) Quadrilateral - Trained by Roger Charlton 

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

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

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

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

2) Queen's Daenerys - Trained by Roger Varian 

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

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

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

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

3) Alpinista - Trained by Sir Mark Prescott 

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

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

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

4) Melnikova - Sir Michael Stoute 

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

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

5) Juan Elcano - Kevin Ryan 

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

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

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


6) Highest Ground - Sir Michael Stoute

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

7) Franconia - John Gosden

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

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Horse Race Betting for Beginners

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

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

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


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

Be disciplined 

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

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

Types of bet 

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

Compare prices 

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

Free bets 

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

How to choose the right horse 

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

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

In Summary 

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

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Friday, 8 November 2019

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

Frankel and George the cat
Horse racing often transcends life. 

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

I am sure all horse trainers know that feeling. 

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

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

The article details the retirement of Frankel. 

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

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

General manager Philip Mitchell said: ''In the foaling unit on February 11th, 2008 at 11:40pm, little did we realise that we were witnessing the birth of a phenomenal racehorse.''

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Frankel film out in UK soon

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

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

Read more about this production

Frankel Watch: Frankenstella to Debut for John Quinn


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

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

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

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

Jason hart takes the ride. 

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

Good luck to connections.   

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sir Henry Cecil passed away in June 2013. 

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

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


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

Visit Screen Daily to learn more. 

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Is Frankel Related to Enable?


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

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

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

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

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

Frankel 

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

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

He was awarded: 

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

Read more about Frankel here...

Enable 

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

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

She has been awarded:

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

Read more about Enable here...

Is Frankel Related to Enable?

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

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Frankel Watch: Frankly Darling Debutes for John Gosden at Yarmouth

Frankel offspring continue to impress. 

Great Yarmouth may have been a touch cold, and heavy underfoot but it didn't spoil a lovely day's racing at the Norfolk course. It was the racecourse's final meeting of the 2019 Turf season and it was a sad goodbye to the side-side track until next season. 

Myself, cousin, Danny, and brothers Tony and Gareth traveled by train from March to Great Yarmouth deciding to have a night at Grosvenor Casino, which is always a great spot for a cheap meal in a beautiful setting of the listed building Shadingfield Lodge. It was a good evening. Danny won £100, while I had a small win. My brothers, after winning a decent amount, broke even. 

We had a slight scare on the way back to the Nelson Hotel, no more than a hundred metres from the casino, arriving back about 1 am, to find the front door locked. After 10-minutes of ringing the doorbell, someone let us in. The hotel is great value and I do like the place, breakfast was decent and we departed about 11 am, walked along the front to the Pub On The Prom, where Danny met us about 10-minutes later. 

After a quick pint (I had a larger shandy), we got one of Albie's Taxi cabs, which, thankfully sat outside. 

We got dropped off at the Avenue Public House, which is about half a mile from the racecourse. That is a popular pitstop for racegoers before heading to the course. 

As it happened, we had a cheap day at the races. Funnily, Tony and Gareth got VIP tickets because my beautiful Marlene, who is back in America, won two tickets for finishing in the Top 10 Best Dressed Ladies Competition. I had my annual membership, while Danny, who is a member of Huntingdon, got a free race day at the Norfolk venue. I had one complimentary ticket left so rather than let that go to waste, I accosted the first single man walking down Jellieco Road, to ask if he wanted to get into the course for free. The man in his 60s seemed a touch surprised if not edging on the side of caution. I think he imagined I was trying to sell him something or part of an elaborate scam. I said: ''Follow me, and we will get in for free!''.

He did, and we got in the course. The gentleman was thankful. I was just pleased to not let a ticket go to waste and to show that something good can happen on any given day. As the classic quote in the wonderful children's book penned by Roald Dahl goes: ''So shines a good deed in a weary world.'' (I wouldn't have parted with an ever-lasting gobstopper).

Anyway, let's get back to the Frankel filly trained by John Gosden. 

The third race on the card: 2:50 Great Yarmouth. The British Stallions Studs EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes (Plus 10 Race). 

Frankly Darling is a daughter of Frankel out of the mare Hidden Hope who won a Listed race at Chester. She was a very capable filly when trained by Geoff Wragg in a 9-race career. Her last five races all at Group 2/3, with a final trio of starts, saw placed efforts and concluding contest a head loss at Haydock. An official rating of 109 and total prize earnings of £80,138. 

Frankly Darling looked well in her coast and walked around the paddock in a professional manner. Watching her gallop to the start, in the familiar silks of A E Oppenheimer, she looked a picture and a good-looking filly. 

The 7/2 shot ran a sterling race on debut. She traveled well, touching odds-on in running, before being beaten by another debutant, Caballeta, in the ownership of Cheveley Park Stud Ltd. 

Frankly Darling was beaten by one length, with Hugo Palmer's Combine in third. 

Gosden's charge is a sure-fire winner and potentially smart horse. 

Good luck to connections.

Sunday, 20 October 2019

What to Look Forward in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff 2019

In the history of horse racing, one of the most awaited events in the United States is the series of the Breeders’ Cup Championship, which was composed of 14 races held in two consecutive days. 

There are many matches that people anticipate to take place annually, such as the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes. The Breeders’ Cup is also part of these famous events that belong to the well-attended racing competitions for Thoroughbreds in America. 

The Breeders’ Cup World Championship yearly runs its races, and this year 2019, it will happen on November 1 and 2. From the year 1984, racehorses struggle to compete for every race to place a spot in the history of the racing event. However, not all got the chance to be in the hall of fame, but there are still several who made a mark in the Breeders’ Cup races. 

One of the races in the series of the Breeders’ Cup is the Breeders’ Cup Distaff race. The event is a competition for fillies aged three years old and above. Thus, the Distaff also draws forward the top female dirt horses on the one and ⅛ mile distance racetrack for a championship challenge. 

Moreover, as the event is about to take place in a few more days of sleep, Breeders’ Cup Distaff odds and picks are now accessible to several websites online. Are you feeling the urge to witness the race? There is a list of many to look forward this year 2019 Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff race, most notably the contenders of the competition. 

Street Band 

This racehorse is the only candidate for the Breeders’ Cup to operate on a fast track at Churchill Downs. The racehorse is the daughter of Istan and is also a notable horse by winning the Indiana Oaks and the Ground Oaks this season. 

Street Band won 5 races out of 12, including her triumph in the Cotillion, where she galloped strongest among the other fillies in the track. She completed the run of one and 1/16 miles with a time of 1:44.20, and that race also made her a millionaire for being a winner. 

Midnight Bisou 

In the year 2017, Midnight Bisou placed second during her first two career runs before winning her first race in Santa Ynez Stakes, a Grade 2 race at Santa Anita Park on January 2018.

Racehorse Midnight Bisou also raced the 2018 Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff at the racetrack in Churchill Downs and snatched third place behind Wow Cat and the winner, Monomoy Girl. Midnight also came off the pace on March 16 at Oaklawn Park to beat the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint champion Shamrock Rose and subsequent Grade 1 winner Elate in the Azeri Stakes. 

Moreover, the filly sealed her place in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff this year 2019 when she earned a top spot in the Ogden Phipps Stakes held last June at Belmont. The competition is among the series of the “Win & You’re In” round of the Breeders’ Cup Selection, which gave the filly a second attempt in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. 

Paradise Woods 

John Shirreffs, the trainer of racehorse Paradise Woods, described her as a well-behaved horse inside the barn, but at the track, they’re taking it a little bit up a notch. She finished fourth at Del Mar during the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes while winning the Zenyatta Stakes, which is among the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series. 

Winning the Zenyatta Stakes means qualifying for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff as part of the “Win, and You’re In” set up. 

Moreover, these horses are just a few out of the many contenders to look forward this upcoming Breeders’ Cup Distaff race. Also, the competition offers several circumstances that make people anticipate to occur. One of which is the celebrities involved. 

One of the most glitzy activities in horse racing takes place in the Breeders’ Cup as it tends to attract the jet-set from any part of the world. Celebrities from any field, most notably in sports industries who are there to witness the races, as well as to help foster the internationally renowned event. 

Furthermore, one thing that never goes out to the trend in fashion. You should not miss the glaring outfits of the spectators wherein women come with an impressive headwears, and trendy, elegant clothes. Gentlemen, on the other hand, consider a bowtie, suit, as well as beret and fedora. Thus, these are things one should not be reluctant to try out as part of the race’s traditions. 

Indeed, the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff is a horse racing event worth taking your time. Aside from the race contenders showcasing their talents, fashion and celebrities are also a must-see.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Frankel Watch: Quadrilateral Wins the Fillies' Mile (Group 1)

Frankel Watch: Quadrilateral Wins the Fillies' Mile (Group 1)
What a conclusion to the Flat turf season 2019. 

What a prize for Frankel offspring, K Abdullah, Roger Charlton, and Juddmonte Farm. So we waited for the cherry on the top of the cake and Quadrilateral proved just that by winning the Fillies' Mile (Group 1) at Newmarket

Roger Charlton's daughter of Frankel out of the mare Nimble Thimble. Quadrilateral made it three out of three victories winning at the highest level by a head in a gutsy display, running from off the pace to collar Hugo Palmer's Powerful Breeze who looked likely to take the spoils. 

Quadrilateral is now favourite to take the 1000 Guineas.

Roger Charlton's chestnut filly made a pleasing debut at Newbury winning by a neck at odds of 7/2. This was followed by an impressive nine-length victory when returning to the Berkshire track. This April foal saved the best till last winning the Fillies' Mile (Group 1). The 9/4 favourite ran on with spirit after Powerful Breeze set sail for home and held a distinct advantage at the furlong pole. 

To add to the merit of Frankel as a super stallion, we saw Roger Varian's Queen Daenerys finish respectable sixth place. This daughter of Frankel was beaten just over five lengths, plugging on in the fashion of a horse that needs a greater test of stamina and may well be an Oaks candidate come next year. 

Quadrilateral has achieved an official rating of 113 and total prize winnings of £336,564. 

Congratulations to connections. 


Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Prince Imperial Wins for Sir Michael Stoute

Prince Imperial Wins for Sir Michael Stoute
Sir Michael Stoute has seen a good few winners from Frankel offspring this season. Prince Imperial continued the success improving vastly on his debut when finishing last at Newmarket. 

Prince Imperial was well backed from 8/1 - 5/1 under a driving ride from Jim Crowley to win by just over one length from John Gosden's Buwardy while Charlie Appleby's Secret Victory who failed to shine at even-money favourite. 

This victory adds to Sir Michael Stoute's success with two-year-old colts and fillies this season. 

Winners include: 

Melnikova (Cheveley Park Stud).  

Good luck to connections. 


Monday, 7 October 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.


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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-


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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.

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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???


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Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Frankel Watch: Herman Hesse Looking for Success at Goodwood

Frankel Watch: Herman Hesse Looking for Success at Goodwood
Herman Hesse hasn't quite lived up to expectation on two starts to date. Lady Bamford's son of Frankel, out of a four-time winning mare, heads to Goodwood (2:00) and one of the favourites to take the spoils. Stepping up to 1m 1f197y on soft going could be the key to success. 

Lady Bamford has owned a number of exceptional horses including Epsom Oaks victor Sariska. Not only is she the wife of JCB CEO, Sir Anthony Bamford, but she is also an organic food pioneer and author.  

John Gosden's bay colt has been fancied in the betting on both starts when racing at Yarmouth and Sandown, respectively. Racing over 7f/1m this attractive colt has competed against quality opposition but been found out by an insufficient trip. I can imagine connections have been surprised Herman Hesse hasn't won on these formative starts and have been waiting for this race and expecting to see a marked improvement over this stiffer test. 

Racing on soft going will definitely help and there should be no excuses today over this extended trip. 

If the betting is to be believed this Maiden Stakes is out of five horses, with horses priced 33/1 bar the quintet. 

The major opponent looks to be Khalifa Sat, trained by Andrew Balding, who finished a respectable 6th on debut. 

I'm sure Herman Hesse will run a sound race on this third start, but there are still a few ifs and buts. 

Good luck to connections. 

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Frankel Watch: Sir Michael Stoute Unveiled Prized Frankel (2yo) Highest Ground

Frankel offspring aways make waves when it comes to debut. The chance we could witness a supreme effort, a class horse in the making, perhaps a horse of the highest order. 

Leicester proved the place to enjoy a sparkling debut from Sir Michael Stoute's debutant Highest Ground, who won the British Stallions EBF Kegworth Novice Stakes (Plus 10) over 7f. 

This daughter of Frankel out of a the Frech-winning mare Celestial Moon ran on well to win by almost three lengths. 

Readers may remember Stoute has at least 10 Frankel two-year-olds this season and most have run creditably if not winning in style. 

Highest Ground races in the familiar silks of the Niarchos Family, a homebred, who is likely to be racing at Group class before too long. 

It was a very pleasing effort, beating Macho Boy, in the capable hands of Ryan Moore. 

  

Monday, 23 September 2019

Queen Daenerys Wins for Roger Varian at Newmarket

Queen Daenerys Wins for Roger Varian at Newmarket
I must apologise for being a tad quiet.  

After being in West Palm Beach, Florida, I flew back with my beautiful Marlene to visit (wait for it) Great Yarmouth. Actually, there is no place I would rather have been as we enjoyed a day at the Eastern Festival, specifically Ladies  Day.

All good fun. 

Anyway, what's been happening on the Frankel (2yo) two-year-old front? I thought I would be singing the praises of Sir Michael Stoute's Melnikova who was put in her place when competing at Newbury in the Dubai Duty-Free Full Of Surprises British EBF Fillies' Conditions' Stakes (Plus 10 Race). She ran a fine race but the 5/4f was totally eclipsed by Roger Charlton's Quadrilateral who won ''impressively'' by nine lengths. 

Clearly, I had got my eye on the wrong horse, although it wasn't bad news as Quadrilateral is sired by Frankel (I knew there was some logic to this race!). Charlton's chestnut foal has made it two wins from two after sneaking home by a neck on debut. This was a sparkling display and sure to be heading to better races. An entry for the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket will be the next stepping stone on the 27th September. After this win, she looks certain to start favourite. 

This weekend we saw another bright talent in Roger Varian's Queen Daenerys, who races in the familiar silks of H H SH Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa. This daughter of Frankel finished runner-up on debut at Ascot. She started 5/4f at Newmarket, with main danger Wasaayef shouldering a win penalty. I thought Queen Daenerys would have won pretty easily. However, it turned into a battle and Varian's charge won by a neck, staying on gamely, the pair a couple of lengths clear of the third. 

So we have seen a couple of winners featuring the Frankel moniker. 

They will be competing at a high level and it wouldn't be the biggest surprise to see one of this two prevail at group class.