Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Which Frankel Offspring Has Shown the Most Promise?

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, 11 February 2019

Frankel to Sire Grand National Winner?

Frankel sires Grand National winner
Frankel the wonder horse. 

The unbeaten winner of 14 races achieving total prize money of almost £3M. A star for the late horse trainer Sir Henry Cecil. Few racehorses have or will ever reach those dizzy heights. He is now a sire with a stallion fee of £175,000. 

Many of his offspring have been centre stage. The first winner being Cunco trained by John Gosden who run at Newbury 13th May 2016. The 7/2 shot won over 6f. A winner of two races in Europe, racing up to Group 1, later to race in the United States with Chad Brown. 

Perhaps, most notable of all Frankel's offspring is Cracksman trained by John Gosden in the familiar silks of A E Oppenheimer. He made his first start in that formative season. A five-time Group 1 winning thoroughbred who is now a sire with a fee of £25,000. 

But what about this Grand National talk, I hear you ask? 

Well, many of Frankel's offspring don't achieve the dizzy heights of Group-class success. In fact, many do not even win a race. It may come as a surprise to some that a number of his offspring have run over hurdles. Readers may remember Dan Skelton trained Solo Saxophone winning a hurdle race at Catterick on the 19th December 2017. Take a look at the video, below.     

So what's the likelihood of a horse sired by Frankel running over the Grand National course? In many respects, it looks very unlikely. However, who would have thought one of them would have raced at Cheltenham?  OK, so it wasn't at the Cheltenham Festival but you never can tell. The National is such a test of stamina that very few horses are actually bred to race over four miles. But that doesn't mean it isn't possible. Perhaps simply because someone likes to be the first. The wins of Cunco, Solo Saxophone and Cracksman all wrote themselves in the history of Frankel's story. Could we dare to imagine a Frankel would jump a fence, head to Aintree, and win the Grand National someday?

Only time will tell. 

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Frankel Watch 2019: Mark Johnson to Train Frankel Two-year-olds (Fred)

Loving Things owned by Normandie Stud Ltd
A new Flat turf season brings opportunities to stables large and small. 

One trainer who needs no introduction is Mark Johnston who trains at Kingsley Park Stables, Middleham. Leyburn, North Yorkshire is always a hive of activity with a vast string of two-year-olds. Not a year goes by that this talented trainer doesn't achieve success with horses running at the highest level. 

I'm not sure if he has trained many offspring of Frankel, that that is all about to change. Searching for information at Juddmonte Stallions, I noticed Mark Johnston is training a Frankel colt named Fred. This February foal is a chestnut colt out of a mare named Deirdre, bred by Normandie Stud Ltd and now in the ownership of The Burke Family.  

The mare was similarly owned and bred but trained by John Gosden. Three previous covers have yielded winners. Her racecourse career saw her race just six times: winning on her second start at Newcastle over one mile. Racing at Group 3, her best performance came at Goodwood when placed at Listed class. Deirdre concluded her race career at three. 

At the time of writing this post, Mark Johnston has four Frankel two-year-olds in his ranks. It will be interesting to see how Fred goes. 

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Ilka Gansera-Leveque to Train Frankel Filly

Everything comes to she who waits. 

That is the case for Newmarket horse trainer Ilka Gansera-Leveque who must be relishing the thought of the new Flat turf season. 

Based at Saint Wendred's, Newmarket, Suffolk, down Hamilton Road the thoroughbred trainer and practising vet has progressed from an apprentice jockey in her native Germany before an assistant trainer in the US. 

She completed her British Trainer's Course in 2012. 

Take a look at her race day successes here.    

If you wish to keep up with all the latest news, you will enjoy her blog 4:30 am which details all the work that goes into running a successful stable.     

Frankel Blog is all about featuring Frankel offspring, predominantly the new two-year-olds for the season ahead. So it is with great pleasure we can detail that Ilka has much to look forward with as yet an unnamed bay filly out of the mare Nouriya. The mare was originally in training with Sir Michael Stoute and owned by Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar. In a ten-race career, she achieved three wins including two wins at Listed class. The dual Listed winner Nouriya (Danehill Dancer) produced a filly from the first crop of the Champion Three-Year-Old Australia in early April and is now set for a date with Frankel. She a halfsister to Aljaazi (Shamardal), who finished a creditable tenth in the Gr.1 1,000 Guineas the weekend before last and is the fourth foal of her dam, who is a daughter of Majestic Sakeena (King’s Best) one of the stud’s foundation broodmares. 

Ilka's two-year-old Frankel prospect is similarly owned by Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar. The April foal is certainly a horse of some repute and considering the sire fee for Frankel is £175,000 you can guarantee this filly will put a spring in the step at Saint Wendred's.
Take a look at more Frankel two-year-olds here.

Friday, 25 January 2019

Frankel Racing Blog: 2yos To Watch For 2019

Frankel 2yos 2019
Great news. 

Frankel Horse Racing Blog is almost a year old. It has risen in the search engine rankings for a few keywords ''Frankel Blog'' and ''Frankel Racing Blog'' and actually the top ranked on Google for the latter. 

In that sense, it is good news, as it does achieve traffic from Google which isn't the case for a few other websites I run.  

We had a good number of posts last year but, in truth, we were finding out feet. In the end, we dedicated the blog to Frankel's offspring and the two-year-olds. It is an exciting age group and lots of potential stars of the future. I must admit, last season's batch of juveniles left a lot to be desired with only a small number of winners let alone much group-class action. Kevin Ryan's East seemed about as good as it got winning as pattern class in France and then headed over the pond when a distant runners up in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf race at Churchill Downs

I can imagine Juddmonte Farm will be feeling a bit apprehensive what happens this season because if it is as bad as last year I can see Frankel's reputation diminishing and at such a hefty stallion fee of £175,000 any yearlings going through the sales will be scrutinized. Let's hope there are a few stars waiting in the wings. 

The future of Frankel blog 

This new season will be following the two-year-olds more closely. Fingers crossed a few horses with ability appear because there is little excitement to be gain from writing about losses or this or that horse is racing at nursery class. 

For those who want to drive into the prospects, take a look here at Frankel's two-year-olds for 2019.   

Frankel 2yos to Follow for 2019

Alpinista (Sir Mark Prescott)
Highest Ground (Sir Michael Stoute)
Fred (Mark Johnston)
Heaven Forfend (Sir Michael Stoute)
Retrospect (Roger Varian)  
Sefton Warrior (Richard Spencer)
Maestro Stick (Simon Crisford) 
Mr Curiosity (John Gosden) 
Tilly Frankl (James Fanshawe)
Formality (Michael Bell)
Zabeel King (Kevin Ryan)
Juan Elcano (Kevin Ryan) 

Friday, 4 January 2019

TVG: Bettor’s one-stop favorite for horse races

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Since the Kentucky Derby is the first on the list, winners of the race will make its way to the Belmont Stakes and Preakness Stakes to win the Triple Crown. 15 young three-year-old contenders sprint their way for the standing $2 million dollar purse for this derby. 

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Sunday, 2 December 2018

Frankel Watch: 2019 Irish Classic Race Entrants

Irish 1000 Guineas Hope For Kevin Ryan
I have mentioned how disappointed I have been with Frankel's 2yo offspring this season (2018). Bar one or two horses, it really has been a poor year with more horses floundering at nursery level that hitting the headlines with Pattern race success. I don't think one Frankel 2yo achieved that racing domestically. Kevin Ryan's East won at Group 3 at France. Let's have a quick look at the Frankels entered for the 1000 & 2000 Irish Guineas. I'll detail more about the Epsom Derby at a later date. 

So who do we have entered for the early Irish Classics? 

As you can imagine, it is a limited number. 

1m Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas (Group 1) (Entire Colts & Fillies) (3yo) (25th May 2019) 

At present, there are 96 entrants so we have the world and his wife looking at this race. 

In fact, we only have one entrant for this race. Old Glory, trained by Aidan O'Brien. This son of Frankel got off to a flying start but had to settle for placed efforts next two starts at pattern class. Considering Aidan O'Brien has almost 30 entrants you really get a feel for the strength and depth of this stable. When you consider he has almost a third of the entrants. By all accounts, Old Glory will need to have some form of transformation to figure as a major hope. 

The fillies race is, perhaps, a little more interesting. 

1m Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas (Group 1) (Fillies) (3yo) (26th May 2019)

We have three Frankel entrants for this Classic. In fact, three high-profile trainers. 

Elizabeth Way is a daughter of Frankel, trained by M. Halford. This homebred in the ownership of Godolphin wasn't fancied on her debut at Naas and finished seventh. Needs to progress a lot to even register as a hope. 

It's good to see Saeed bin Suroor shine this season, from under the shadow of Charlie Appleby. Dubai Beauty has raced three times and another filly who needs a touch of inspiration to make the line up here. She won well on debut at Newmarket. The disappointed favourite when unplaced at Doncaster when contesting Group 2. Then, similarly, unplaced in seventh at Longchamp, France, when battling at Group 1. She wasn't beaten any real distance, less than three lengths behind at the line.  

The most interesting of the trio is Kevin Ryan's East, who was one of the few juveniles to pepper the headlines here and across the pond. A narrow victory on debut when racing over six furlongs. Then a smart win over seven furlongs at Group 3 at Saint-Cloud, France. There was excitement about her final start of the season when travelling to the United States competing at Churchill Downs in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf (Grade 1). Chad C. Browns' Newspaperofrecord who is supreme fashion by a lengthy six-and-three-quarter length. East ran on at the finish to nab second place. One of the more likely chances and real chance for Frankel to shine as a sire for this Classic. 

We will take a look at the English Guineas when the entrants are made. 

Monday, 19 November 2018

Frankel Watch: Top Top Top

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

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

Saturday, 17 November 2018

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

12:25 Lingfield - 

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

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

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

Monday, 29 October 2018

Frankel Watch: The Week Ahead (29th October)

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

Friday - 8 PM

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

Wednesday - 

1:10 Nottingham - 

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

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

Thursday - 

3:40 Lingfield - 

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

6:00 Newcastle - 

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

Thursday, 25 October 2018

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

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

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

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

Other Frankel Entrants Of Note

Exciting news - 

Friday, 2nd November - Churchill Downs

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

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

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

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Frankellina Wins for Haggas at Yarmouth

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, 15 October 2018

Frankel Watch: A New Week

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

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

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

Monday - 1:55 Gowran Park 

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

Wednesday - 2:20 Bath 

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

Wednesday - 2:30 Nottingham 

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

Friday - 5:15 Haydock 

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

Saturday - 4:05 Doncaster 

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

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