Thursday, 2 July 2020

Epsom Derby Dream for Kameko and House Park Stables

You have one chance to win an Epsom Derby. 


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

The story continues. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck to all. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take a look at the previous 1000 Stakes Winners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

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

Another day another dollar, as the saying goes. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck to connections.  
 

Sunday, 21 June 2020

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

Who says every Frankel offspring wins at prohibitive odds? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well done to connections.

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

Friday, 19 June 2020

A Selection of 2YO Frankel Offspring Ready to Roll

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

David Simcock has a Frankel named Stour

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

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

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

Saturday, 13 June 2020

Archie Watson Fields Stream on Debut at Goodwood

Few trainers have caught the imagination more than Archie Watson. 

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

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

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

Things have changed a little since then. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck to connections. 

Frankel Watch: Seventh Kingdom Wins Readily on Debut at Doncaster

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


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

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

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

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

There will be more to come from this attractive colt. 

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

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Magical Land Goes Close on Debut for Charlie Appleby

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck to connections.    

Friday, 22 May 2020

Frankel Watch 2020:Tom Clover The Guvnor for Rogues Gallery Racing

2YO Frankel colt The Guvnor trained by Tom Clover and owned by The Rogues Gallery Syndicate
If you want to know Frankel's two-year-old offspring for 2020 then simply review Juddmonte Stallion Frankel Two Year Old page because it details everything you need: Horses Name, Date Of Birth, Colour, Sex, Dam, Breeder & Trainer. 

Anyway, there may be plenty of owners, trainers and breeders keeping you informed of all the latest Frankel news but Frankel Blog likes to tell you a story. 

That brings us to another thoroughbred horse trainer who is most definitely on the up. 

Tom Clover is a relatively new trainer on the block. I'm pretty sure I noticed his two-year-old crop spring into action back in 2017. Declarationoflove sticks in the mind when running out a nice winner at Windsor and thereafter, just about, campaigned at pattern class. This son of Declaration Of War did his owners [Ian Barratt, Stephen Short & Adam Signy] proud when runner-up in the Weatherbys Super Sprint Stakes and put £52,275 in their pockets. Not bad for a 15,000GNS breeze-up buy. Declarationoflove ran eight times in his two-year-old career. 

Kremlin House Stables, Fordham Road, Newmarket will be looking forward to this new Flat season because, among other talents, they have a Frankel two-year-old in the ranks. I keep saying this, but I'm sure any trainer must have a smile on their face when an owner or breeder gets on the dog and bone [phone] and they say these inimitable words: ''We are sending you a Frankel.''

You know what the trainer says when they put the phone down: ''YES!!!!!''

Well, they might say just that. 

Anyway you know who was chatting on the phone to Tom Clover of late? 

Lady Bamford. Because she is sending a Frankel two-year-old to Kremlin House Stables. 

I say those words with tongue in cheek because The Guvnor is owned by The Rogues Gallery Syndicate, and I'm not sure if her ladyship is part of the crew. The Rogues Gallery Racing is run by Tony Elliott who has been associated with quality horses such as Farquar, Maxentius to name a few. Unlike many, they are a non-profit making syndicate and is done purely for the love of racing. 

Other horses include Medalla De Oro, Holy Kingdom, Crimewave, Eaglesglen, Machine Gun, Rogues Assassin, Rogue Power & Sugauli

For more information about ownership email: info@roguesgalleryracing.com      

The Guvnor

I'm not sure if Lady Bamford was a fan of the late Lenny McLean, who sadly departed in 1998. But the hard man was a mighty fellow. If this bay colt has the battling attitude of the ''king of the cobbles'' he will be a handful. Hopefully he can win on debut with a double handful. 

The Guvnor (pictured) is a bay colt, born on the 14th of May 2018, out of the mare Eva's Request. This mare [15-years old at the time of writing] was originally trained by Mick Channon in the ownership of L Mulryan. 

Eva's Request was a pretty smart filly. She started her career in 2007. A fair winner on her second start at Kempton, and concluded that formative season with a victory at the Curragh in the Park Stakes (Group 3) in the capable hands of Mick Kinane. 

Another couple of classy victories come at four with a Listed race success at Goodwood and Group 3 at Epsom. Later in the year, at Veliefendi, Turkey, she won a Group 2 contest by one length and win prize money of £173,611. 

There was more to come, with a Group 1 success at Capanelle, Italy to put an additional £167,374 in the pot. 

Eva's Request had an official rating of 109, winning seven of her twenty-six starts and gaining total prize eaning of £516,445. 

She concluded her racing career at Kyoto, Japan when finishing down the field (but not beaten far) in the Mile Championship (Grade 1). 

A durable and hearty horse who raced predominantly over one mile. 


Good luck to The Guvnor and connections. 

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Ed Walker Frankel Duo in Burgeoning String

Ed Walker Frankel 2yo offspring
Ed Walker has always been a very talented trainer. 

Last year his two-year-old string showed promise. 

Kingsdown Stable had 20 two-year-old runners for the Flat turf season. Nina Bailarina proved a talented filly. This daughter Lope De Vega lost by a neck on debut, then slammed the opposition by five lengths when storming clear at Newmarket. Then a sterling effort at Maisons-Laffitte, France, when runner-up when losing by just half a length in the Prix Eclipse (Group 3). She was too keen to do herself justice when finishing last when taking part in the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes (Group 1). A concluding race in France saw a poor effort when a losing favourite at Chantilly when contesting the Prix Yacowlef (Listed Race). 

I'm pretty sure Ed Walker's two-year-olds are going to be a different proposition this new season. 

Why? 

For starters, he has a greatly increased string of juveniles. From what I can see, Ed Walker's string of two-year-olds has burgeoned to forty

Not only has his string increased, but the quality of horse and hefty price tags suggests he will be a powerhouse this season. 

For instance, let's take a look at the two-year-old owner's:

Lady Bamford 
Mr Laurence Bellman 
Kangyu International Racing (HK) Ltd
Highclere Thoroughbred Racing 
Mr David Ward 
Nat Rothschild 
Mr S Stuckey 
Miss Kirsten Rausing 
Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds 
Mrs Fitri Hay 

This brings us to the interesting part specific to Frankel Blog because Ed Walker has a couple (duo) of Frankel's offspring. As far as I'm aware, these are the first of his progeny at Kingsdown. 

Firstly, we have BELOVED, a March bay filly, out of the mare Love And Bubbles, in the ownership of Mr David Ward. Bred by Love And Bubbles Partnership went through the yearling sales and cost 350,000GNS. The French-raced mare won twice from nine starts. Including a Listed race at Toulouse and a Group 3 victory at Chantilly. Both victories came over 8/9 furlongs. She achieved total prize winnings of £56,939. She will make an impact this season and a horse to take note of.

Ed Walker could be spoilt for choice with a second Frankel two-year-old (2yo). NAVEGAON GATE is a bay colt out of the dam Cascata, bred by Farm Cove Thoroughbreds Ltd. This April foal is homebred out of a debut winner at two, who raced just five times in total. In some respects, she was a fair performer achieving an official rating of 80 on concluding her career with total prize earning of just £6,703. Navegaon Gate is owned by Mr S Stuckey who is no stranger to talented horses. 

So Ed Walker could well be a trainer going places this season. I am pretty sure he will make an impact this season and be noted by punters high and low. 

Here's to a good season.

Take a look at Frankel's 2yo offspring here published on Juddmonte Stallion Frankel Two-year-Olds.  
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Sunday, 17 May 2020

Frankel 2yos Racing Across the Globe for 2020

Yay! 

If you listen you will hear a cheer from all horse racing lovers with the announcement that racing will resume on the 1st of June.  

We run a number of websites and they have been ticking over these last few weeks but I've been inspired by the good news and thought it's time to write a post for Frankel Blog. Few sires have captured the attention more than this super sire who made a huge impact on the track for Sir Henry Cecil and as a stallion of might. 

From what I can see, Frankel sired over 180 yearlings back in 2019, so we have a bumper crop of Frankel two-year-olds to watch out for this season 2020. 

Frankel's offspring for this season will be racing all over the world. We certainly have seen plenty of Frankel offspring racing in the United Kingdom but they reach far and wide, literally across the world.

Just imagine, going to a race meeting at Kyoto in Japan and low and behold you see a Frankel two-year-old walking around the paddock. I'm sure one of the spectators would say these very words:  あの2歳の馬はスーパーサイレージのフランケルに血を引かれている (That two-year-old horse is sired by Frankel). 

Take a moment to consider these globe-trotting Frankels. In fact, Frankel's first G1 winner came back in 2016 when Soul Stirring won at Hanshin. 

For instance:

Vento Di Passioni bred by W & R Barnett Ltd, a bay colt out of the mare Amber Silk, a winning mare, who was trained by Charlie Hills. It's interesting to reveal this February foal was bought back by the vendor Newsells Park Stud for 65,000 guineas. Juddmonte.com detail this youngster will be racing in Italy.    

Frank Etoile is to be trained in Japan. This bay colt is out of the three-time winning mare Dressed In Fur who won her first race at Hamilton for Karl Burke in 2015 before concluding her career in France. Dressed In Fur was sold for 450,000 guineas when purchased by Blandford Bloodstock in 2017 after being bought earlier in the year for just 155,000 guineas by Cormac McCormack Bloodstock. Frank Etoile was bred by Dream Farm Co. Ltd. 

Another horse to race in Japan is Pietrasanta who is the son of a mare many of you will remember, Margot Did, who was trained by Michael Bell, who was a classy two-year-old herself racing nineteen times, achieving five wins. In fact, winning the first two starts, then finishing runner-up at Royal Ascot when losing by a head in the Albany Stakes (Group 3), and thereafter racing at pattern class. At best, an official rating of 114, and total prize earnings of £263,183. Pietrasanta is bred by Northern Farm and, as far as I can see, hasn't been sent through the sales. However, he is likely to go for a hefty sum considering Magic Attitude (sired by Galileo cost 850,000 euros, as achieved two wins from four starts including a Group 3 success). Pietrasanta looks a good prospect.       

Just for good measure, here is another couple of Frankel fillies to race in Japan called Matchless Gift & Flawless Queen

Montashy is a bay colt out of a Fawz, an unraced mare who was similarly bred by Shadwell Estate Company Ltd. However, this February foal is going to be racing in the United Arab Emirates. Already hold an entry for the 2021 Epsom Derby. 

Cernobbio is a January foal out of a Love Is Blindness who was unraced although sold for 380,000 euros in 2016. Cernobbio bred by Fairway Thoroughbreds was sent to Tattersalls Book 1 sales but wasn't sold by vendor Norelands Stud, Ireland, for 375,000 guineas. Cernobbio is to be raced in Australia. 

Mrs Frankel is a March foal out of a winning mare, Manderley, trained by Richard Hannon, who actually finished fourth at odds of 100/1 in the Quipco 1000 Guineas 2014, losing by less than two lengths. Mrs Frankel was a recent breeze-up purchase from Ocala Breeders Sale costing $320,000 and purchased by Team Casse ($280,000 at the yearling sales). originally bred by Coolmore and to be raced in the United States. 

Another colt to race in the US is Pasta, out of the mare Rockery, bred by Al Asayl Bloodstock Ltd. Cost 150,000 guineas at the yearling sales. 

Additional two-year-olds from across the globe:

Here's To Life (Japan)
Ask Peter Pan (Japan)
Grenadier Guards (Japan)

Plenty more to come.

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Saturday, 18 April 2020

Frankel Watch: 2YO Frankel Filly Crystal Starlet Stabled With Sir Michael Stoute

Frankel Watch: 2YO Frankel Filly Crystal Starlet Stabled With Sir Michael Stoute

Readers of Frankel Blog may have followed Sir Michael Stoute's Frankel 2YO offspring last year. Stoute was one of the major recipients with no less than 10 juveniles. 

Take a look at this related post: 10 Sir Michael Stoute 2yos for 2019

I'm sure Freemason Lodge Stables will have a number of Frankel offspring this 2020 Flat turf season and colts and fillies with exceptional bloodlines. 

One filly which may be worth noting is Crystal Starlet. This February foal [21st] was bred by Southcourt Stud. The mare Crystal Zvezda was trained by Sir Michael Stoute in the ownership of Sir Evelyn De Rothchild. This daughter of Dubawi raced just nine times, achieving two wins and three placed effort. She won at Listed class on her third start at Newbury. In addition, raced at Group 1 class [unplaced] with an official rating of 107. Total earnings of £63,449 show a filly of some talent. She concluded her career at four when finishing unplaced at York at Group 2. 

I would imagine Crystal Scarlet is homebred that will be running in the silks of the Rothchilds.  

Sir Michael Stoute did well with his Frankel offspring last season including Highest Ground, Heaven Forfend, Melnikova and Tanita. 

There will be lots to look forward to with this season's two-year-olds and we will be keeping you informed every step of the way. 



Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Roger Charlton Frankel 2YO Offspring for 2020

Roger Charlton Frankel 2YO Offspring for 2020
With the Coronavirus stopping horse racing in its tracks this is a time to consider the future of horse racing in the United Kingdom. 

We can look ahead with doon and gloom or with optimism and hope for brighter days. 

Don't forget Frankel offspring 2020 is racing up the gallops for their day in the sun. We hope to God that day is sooner rather than later. 

Frankel Blog will be keeping you informed of this year's two-year-old crop. For that reason, we will be looking at Roger Charlton's two-year-olds for this Flat turf season 2020. 

Here is a list of Roger Charlton's 2yos:

Name          Sex             DOB        Breeder 

Ludisia      [bay filly]     [22nd Feb]  [Juddmonte Farms Ltd] 

Quilted      [bay filly]     [19th April][Juddmonte Farms Ltd]

Palafou      [bay filly]     [3rd April] [Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd]

Victory Roll [bay colt]      [6th Feb]   [Merry Fox Stud Ltd]

Keeper       [bay colt]      [19th April][Juddmonte Farms (East) Ltd

Unnamed      [bay filly]     [15th May]  [Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd]

Beheld       [chestnut filly][21st Feb]  [Juddmonte Farms (East) Ltd

Barn owl     [bay colt]      [5th May]   [Rothchild, The Rt Hon Lord]


Thursday, 5 March 2020

Tom Queally open to Cheltenham offers

Tom Queally open to Cheltenham offers.

The Cheltenham Festival is not the obvious place to find Frankel’s regular rider but Tom Queally would dearly love to ride at the top National Hunt meeting. The 35-year-old obtained a National Hunt licence to ride for his brother Declan. They successfully teamed up to win at Tramore with Owenacurra Lass in the New Year and Queally would love a ride in the Cheltenham Champion Bumper. 

Queally impresses on 9-1 winner.

Owenacurra Lass was by no means “expected” when winning her maiden hurdle at odds of 9-1. Queally impressed on the mare, tracking the leader before kicking on from the second last to win by a length and three-quarters. He beat National Hunt racing’s rising star Rachael Blackmore on Tune The Chello. Owenacurra Lass was well beaten in a valuable Leopardstown hurdle next time but her victory has sparked a dream for Queally to ride at the Festival. 

The Champion Bumper was won by leading flat jockey Jamie Spencer aboard Pizarro in 2002. He had to survive a lengthy stewards’ enquiry into possible interference with the well-backed runner-up Rhinestone Cowboy before being declared the winner. Queally was twice successful in the hurdle race for flat jockeys at Lingfield and has also schooled for Gary Moore. He is open to offers for Cheltenham but his main priority remains the flat. 

Tiger Roll among Cheltenham declarations.

The progeny of Frankel are yet to make their mark at the top jumps fixture, although it is over two years since Solo Saxophone gave him his first winner over hurdles. Dan Skelton trained that horse to finish sixth in the Fred Winter Hurdle at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival. Commentariolus was another son of Frankel to score over hurdles, winning a Fairyhouse maiden hurdle in 2018 for Gordon Elliott. 

Elliott will be one of the busiest men at the Cheltenham Festival this year but one horse stands out above all others. Dual Grand National winner Tiger Roll has been confirmed for the Cross Country Chase on day 2. He has won the race for the past two seasons on the way to Aintree and it is all systems go for his hat-trick bid. 

The excellent OLBG.com website provides expert analysis and tips for Cheltenham Festival 2020. The long-established racing forum encourages intelligent debate on all the top racing issues. There are detailed statistics for leading trainers and jockeys and all the information you need to assess the top Cheltenham races. 

Altior chasing third Champion Chase victory.

Another horse that will have the crowd on their feet is Altior in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. His record-breaking run of 19 successive victories came to an end at Ascot in November. Trainer Nicky Henderson blamed himself for that defeat and the horse looked as good as ever when back to his optimum trip at Newbury next time. He is seeking a third successive Champion Chase and a fifth Festival victory in a row. 

French-bred horses currently head the market for the Champion Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup. Epatante will be difficult to beat in the Champion if she can reproduce her excellent run in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton. Al Boum Photo defends his Gold Cup crown while Frodon (Ryanair Chase) and Paisley Park (Stayers’ Hurdle) will also bid to repeat their 2019 victories. The meeting runs from 10th to 13th March with the first five races televised live on ITV each day. 

By Harvey Mayson

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

How Do I Find the Names of Frankel Offspring?

There is a buzz of anticipation. 

I'm not saying I've had sleepless nights, but I am on the edge of my seat. Why? Well, I want to know the names of this year's crop of Frankel two-year-old racehorses. There are hell and all information on the internet but finding what you want fast can lead you down a blind alley of clickbait and ponds filled with piranha. 

OK, perhaps that is a little full-on but you know the score. Sometimes you need info fast and that where Frankel Blog comes into the equation. 

Frankel Blog is dedicated to following the story of this exceptional stallions colt's and fillies who are ready to hit the headlines. As we have seen over the years, there are top quality horses waiting to be found. 

However, you want to know that all-important horse name, trainer, breeder and even the country they are trained. 

There is one page which you need to bookmark because it tells you all the information you need. 

Take a look at Juddmonte Stallion Frankel Two Year Olds Page and you won't need to search the internet to horses you will want to put in your notebook. 

Good luck.