Monday, 16 September 2019

5 Frankel 2yos for William Haggas in 2019

William Haggas 2yo Frankel Horses 2019  It seems every horse trainer wants a Fankel 2yo in their string for the 2019 Flat turf season.

Who can blame them?

You may have read that this year's crop of Frankel's is heading to horse trainers big and small. Sir Michael Stoute has a least 10 two-year-olds sire by Frankel while the smallest stable in Newmarket has one juvenile for Ilka Gansera-Leveque, her pride and joy a bay colt called Amtiyaz. 

Our little horse racing blog will be following the fortunes of many trainers lucky enough to have a colt, filly or gelding sired by ''the greatest thoroughbred in the world'' in their mitts. 

So what about William Haggas

No finer trainer of quality racehorses and Somerville Lodge Stables, Newmarket is almost bursting at the seams with quality two-year-olds from influential owners. Taking a look at Juddmonte Stallions website we see that Haggas has at least five Frankel offspring ready to hit the track. There is a chance a few may even follow in their sire's tracks by making their debut at Newmarket. 

Let's take a look at the 5 Frankel two-year-olds as they are worthy of a scribble in your notebook. 

With Reason - This chestnut filly is a March foal out of the dam Eminently in the ownership of Mr & Mrs G Middlebrook. 

Born A King - Is a bay colt and February foal out of a French Listed-raced mare in the ownership of Mishref Al-Khatani  & Mr Faisal. 

Fundtank -  A March foal, bay filly, out of the dam Millevini, who raced once in Norway when finishing second. Fundtank cost 190,000 guineas at the yearling sales and in the ownership of Eminent Kind Ltd.

Mr Curiosity - Is a beautifully bred bay colt out of the dam who won three of her four starts when trained by Haggas in the ownership of A E Oppenheimer. Her final start saw a win at Listed class. Mr Curiosity is a full brother to three-year-old Frankellina who won on her debut at Great Yarmouth when made 5/4f. She holds an Irish Oaks entry. Mr Curiosity is in the ownership of Hascombe & Valiant Stud Ltd. 

Jabeen - An early January foal. This chestnut filly is out of the dam Sortita who raced five times, winning on two occasions. In the ownership of Shadwell Estate Co Ltd.

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Frankel Watch: 2YO Frankenstella to Shine for John Quinn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, 13 September 2019

2 Frankel 2yos for Michael Bell in 2019 Season

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

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

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

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

Festive Love is worth watching this season. 

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

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

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Which Horse is the Best 2yo Frankel Filly of 2019?

Which is the Best 2yo Frankel Filly in 2019?
Now there's a question. 

Frankel Blog isn't scared to make a prediction. So far this season we have seen a number of very talented Frankel offspring. Many quality juveniles have led the way and maintain the highest standards of what can only be described as a stallion who has always broken records. 

This season we have detailed those up-and-coming two-year-olds from stables big and small. 

One trainer who has a wealth of Frankels is Sir Michael Stoute. In fact, the post detailing 10 Frankel 2yos for him this 2019 has been one of our most popular. It's had almost 500 pageview, which for a little blog like ours is good going. 

If you search the internet and keywords regarding Frankel you will notice we are top-ranked for many. 

Anyway, enough about all that stuff. We had best get back to our prediction about the best of Frankel's two-year-old filly to be seen this 2019 Flat turf season. 

It will come as no surprise to see that our prediction is trained by Sir Michael Stoute in the ownership of Cheveley Park Stud. This beautifully-bred chestnut Frankel filly (a homebred) is out of a winning mare similarly owned and trained called Safina. 

The filly in question is called Melnikova

Readers may have noticed this flying filly made a winning debut at Kempton back in early August (5th August). 

It is memorable, not only for the win but the fact that Sir Michael Stoute had two Frankel fillies contesting the same race on debut with Tanita (the shorter in the betting of the two horses priced 9/2) looking like the winner until Melnikova pounced late as she gathered her stride, leading in the final few yards to win from Stylistique (trained by Roger Varian) by a neck from Tanita a further head behind. 

Melnikova was backed from 10/1 returning 8/1, to take the win prize money of £5,822.10 (Plus 10 Race). James Doyle rode a great race with the filly taking the 7f the Matchbook/British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes without realising she had a race. 

Make no mistake, this is one of the best, if not the best, two-year-old at Freemason Lodge Stables.

She has been entered for four high-class races including the bet365 Fillies' Mile at Newmarket to take place on 11th October 3:35 (Newmarket, Rowley Mile). This contest has a winning prize of £283,550. 

Melnikova may be seen running her second race on the 6th of September. This Class 3 7f Novice Stakes takes place at Kempton. At the time of writing, 31 fillies have been declared. 

You can take a look at the declaration here to see if she makes the final line up

In addition to the Fillies Mile (Group 1), she has received entries for:

Saturday, 7th September 3:00 Haydock - Ascendant Stakes (Listed Race) 1-mile.

Friday, 27th September at Newmarket 3:00 Shadwell Rockfell Stakes (Group 2) 7f.  

Exciting times. I'm predicting this horse will be heading for the 1,000 Guineas. 

Good luck to connections. 

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Frankel Blog: Alpinista Fails to Shine in Prestige Stakes at Goodwood

Alpinista fails to shine at Goodwood in Prestige Stakes
Yes, it seems a long time between drinks. I'm sure that phrase is used by people in all ways of life especially if they haven't had a winning ride, or a trainer has been stuck on the cold list longer than it takes a glacier to melt. 

So, we've seen a few Frankel two-year-olds dipping their two into a higher class. Alpinista for Sir Mark Prescott. This grey daughter of Frankel, racing in the familiar silks of Miss Kirsten Rausing, made a flying start to proceedings at Epsom when racing over 7f. She started 9/4 and beat the opposition without too much fuss. To be fair, the form of that race is pretty poor. 

Anyway, she won. By a string of Group-race entries, she is held in high regard and far from fearful of stepping up to loftier climbs. 

Next stop Ladbroke's Prestige Stakes (Group 3) at Goodwood, over 7f on good going. She was well backed from 4/1 - 3/1, which considering the level of her form, looked on the short side to me. Clearly, her reputation proceeded her. Just seven horses made the line-up and the Alpinista finished a creditable sixth, beaten just under six lengths. 

In many respects, it was a so-so performance. Racing at the back of the field, she plugged on as if a step up to one mile would bring further improvement. 

The race was won by Tom Dascombe's Boomer, who is a tough filly. I particularly like the way she battles to the line. This quality has been seen on both her last two wins, and she really looks as though she relishes a good, old scrap. 

Alpinista has a couple of lofty entries for later in the reason including the Shadwell Rockfell Stakes (Group 2) over 7f. And the bet365 Fillies' Mile (Group 1), which is run over a mile (as the name suggests). 

Both contests look tough. After her last effort over 7f, the Rockfell Stakes looks too short a trip. It would be exciting to see Alpinista go for the Fillies' Mile at Newmarket, simply because you just don't find a better race to prove your class. 

Good luck to connections. 

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

10 Sir Michael Stoute Frankel 2yos for 2019

Sir Michael Stoute Frankel 2yos 2019
It's always interesting to see which trainers are lucky enough to have this year's crop of Frankel two-year-olds in their care. 

As we stated in an earlier post: 5 Frankel 2yos to Follow in 2019 there will always be a surprise or two. It is with great delight we mentioned Ilka Gansera-Leveque has a Frankel two-year-old housed at St Wendred's Stable, Newmarket. Amtiyaz is a bay colt out of an unraced mare who used to be in training with William Haggas, in the same ownership with Mr Saleh Al Homaizi & Mr Imad Al Sagar. He was sold at the yearling sales for 200,000gns. I'm so willing for this March foal to have ability and put Gansera-Leveque on the map. Such a lovely lady, hard-working, and a qualified vet among her many talents.   

Great to see trainers big and small having a chance to shine. 

Having a quick look at Frankel's categorised by trainer I was surprised to see Sir Michael Stoute has a bumper crop of potential stars. 

In fact, he has 10 Frankel 2yos at Freemason Lodge Stables. 

Here is a quick rundown:

Dollar Bid - A March foal, bay colt, out of the mare Cape Dollar in the ownership of Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd. 

Highest Ground - A May foal, bay colt, out of a mare named Celestial Lagoon in the ownership of The Niarchos family. 

Heaven Forfend - A March foal, bay colt, by the dam Heaven Sent in the ownership of Cheveley Park Stud Ltd.

Boss Power - An April foal, bay colt, out of the dam La Vinchina, in the ownership of Stifung Gestut Fahrhof.

My Frankel - A March foal, bay colt, by My Special J's in the ownership of Newsells Park Stud Ltd.

Prince Imperial - A March foal, bay colt, out of the mare Proportional, in the ownership of Juddmonte Farms Inc.

Melnikova - A March foal, chestnut filly, out of the dam Safina, in the ownership of Cheveley Park Stud Ltd. 

Unnamed -  A March foal, bay colt, out of the dam Shama's Crown in the ownership of Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd. 

Tanita - A March foal, bay filly, out of the mare Shoal in the ownership of Juddmonte Farms (East) Ltd.

Dream With Me - A January foal, bay colt, out of the mare Where in the ownership of Coolmore.

Exciting times.

Related stories: 5 Frankel 2yos for William Haggas in 2019 

Related stories:  3 Frankel 2yos Ready To Debut For Sir Michael Stoute 

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Improving Frankel Filly Alpinista Ready to Shine at Curragh for Sir Mark Prescott

Frankel Blog loves to keep its readers informed. 

Sir Mark Prescott had been on the cold list for some time. Winners as scarce as some mythical beast said to fly up the gallops at Heath House Stables. As the video (below) suggests, it's a place of secrets. Almost Willy Wonka like in evolution. It's reputed Sir Mark Prescott stopped a child from sucking an Ever Lasting Gobstopper by tempting him to smoke a large Cuban cigar! 

When it comes to horse racing Sir Mark Prescott is a class act. If he trains a two-year-old debut winner. Take note. Why? Because it is often the sign of a very talented horse going places. 

I'm not sure how many Frankel offspring he has trained (not many) and Alpinista is a beautiful grey filly who caught the eye when making her debut at Epsom when winning the Epsom & Ewell Phab EBF Maiden Stakes (Plus 10). This daughter of Frankel out of a three-time winning mare [Alwilda] races in the familiar silks of Kirsten Rausing. The mare was a progressive horse starting from a lowly official rating of just 73 but concluded her career with a rating of 99. She enjoyed a trip. At two, she raced over 7f but won at Listed class at 2m 3f when racing at Cologne, Germany. She achieved 4 wins in a 24-race career.

Aplinista was well found in the market at Epsom. She was backed to 9/4. In truth, it was no more than an average race. However, she finished with gusto as the race comments detail: ''pushed out, unchallenged''. 

I suspect Alpinista will have progressed a good deal from that first start. A couple of lofty race entries suggest this grey will be contesting group class. 

She holds an entry at the Curragh for Friday 23rd August 2019 to compete in the Debutante Stakes (Group 2). At the time of writing, 43 fillies have been declared, so it will be interesting to see if she make the line-up. 

It is interesting to note, she held an entry for the Sweet Solera Stakes (Group 3) won by Mark Johnston's West End Girl

It could well be the case connections favour the Irish raid.

Alpinista is one of the leading Frankel 2yos for this season of 2019.

Related post: Sir mark Prescott & the Story About a Goat 

Friday, 9 August 2019

Frankel Watch: 3 Frankel 2yos Ready to Debut for Sir Michael Stoute

Frankel Watch: 3 Frankel 2yos Ready to Debut for Sir Michael Stoute
Looking ahead to next Monday (5th August).

It's always an exciting time to see Sir Michael Stoute unleash a two-year-old debutante and all the more so when it is a Frankel (2yo) filly racing in the silks of Cheveley Park Stud. 

Melnikova is a chestnut filly out of a winning mare [Safina] who was similarly owned and trained.  The mare raced just four times back in 2009/10, a beaten favourite on debut at Newmarket when running creditably in third. She won on her third start aged three when ''in command at the finish'' at Chester over 7f. She was retired after her next start in a Listed Handicap at Ascot when finishing third. 

She achieved the highest official rating of 96 and just under £17,000 in total earnings. 

Melnikova is a homebred and March foal. 

Related post: 10 Sir Michael Stoute Frankel 2yos for 2019

Stoute has already fared well with another Frankel 2yo this season in the shape of Heaven Forend who went close to winning on debut and then ran exceptionally well when finishing 6th in the Chesham Stakes Listed Race behind Pinatubo. 

Melnikova has an entry for Monday's 3:45 Kempton - Matchbook/British Stallions Stud EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes (Plus 10) 7f. 

To add to the mix, Sir Michael Stoute has another Frankel (2yo) filly entered to run in the same race. 

Tanita is a bay filly racing in the Frankel silks of K. Abdullah. This March foal is homebred from Juddmonte Farms (East) Ltd. She is out of a winning mare [Shoal], who raced just three times, similarly owned and trained. She secured a win second start when prevailing by a head at Nottingham over 1m 2f.

Later in the week, Sir Michael Stoute has another Frankel 2yo entered to race at Great Yarmouth (7th August). My Frankel is a bay colt in the ownership of Saeed Suhail. This March foal is out of a winning mare [My Special J'S] who won on her third start at the Curragh when contesting a Group 2 race. She raced ten times achieving the highest official rating of 105. In addition, total prize earnings of £69,875. She concluded her three-year-old career when racing at Meydan and finished down the field on her final outing at Keeneland, USA. 

My Frankel cost 380,000 guineas at the yearling sales. 

Sunday, 4 August 2019

A Winning Day Back in 1988

A quote from Sarah Dressen: “There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you'd better learn the sound of it. Otherwise, you'll never understand what it's saying.”

1988. In many ways, it seems a long time ago. In many ways so close. 

It was a day we went to the races. Me, Tony and Dad. A two-hour train journey from March in Cambridgeshire to Great Yarmouth on the Norfolk coast and cold North Sea. The times we have taken that journey. The times I wish - the three of us - we could again. 

Sadly Dad passed away in 1998. 

We didn't know that day we had just a decade to say goodbye. 

It was a beautiful day. We got a taxi to the course, always an hour or so early. Dad reminded us of the story years back when he missed a 33/1 winner and he sat in the Iron Duke public house and didn't realise the time. 

Those things always stick in the mind. Lessons learned, half learned, that won't happen again until it does once more...

It was the 7th June 1988. 

We always enjoyed following the two-year-old horse racing. Even in those early years - we were just 18 - we knew more about this age group of horse racing than just about anyone else. It sounds a bit big-headed even saying such words but they aren't said for any other reason than being a fact. When you work hard to understand you don't need to quantify the truth to others. 

Dad knew we were good at picking winners and I'm pleased to say he had many days when he put a decent win in his pocket. For such a wonderful father I wish I could have given him the world. No better man: kind, honest, gentle, loving and true to his word. 

I remember this day. 

The race was 3:45 Yarmouth - 

The Racing Post Maiden Auction Series Stakes over 6f on Good to Firm going.

Looking at the race today it is literally like going back in time. The days of Lord Huntingdon and Ben Hanbury. Sure, there are still plenty of trainers from that day in business today. 

We had our eye on the debutante trained by Lord Huntingdon (formerly William Hastings-Bass). 

Tony reminded me that for whatever reason Dad needed to go to the lavatory as the race started and listened to the commentary somewhat removed from the action as Luge won at odds of 10/1. 

A day to remember. 

I'm sure, buoyed by the win, we walked all the walk back from the racecourse along the front, walking down Regent Street, and back to the train, sat waiting for our tired legs. 

Friday, 26 July 2019

4 Roger Varian Frankel 2yos for 2019

Roger Varian trains Frankel Offspring 2019 Flat Turf Season
Carlburg Stables, Newmark, Suffolk. 

Trainers have come and sadly gone from this place of memories.  Who could forget Michael Jarvis? A lovely man and a gifted horse trainer. Mentor to Mr Roger Varian. No wonder he is a class act. 

Trawling through the Juddmonte Farm Stallions, I've been spying the Frankel two-year-olds for this season. I think every Frankel is sprinkled with a little bit of magic when born, for many, it remains fast right to the finishing line. 

I think even the most established trainer must get a little bit excited about having a Frankel in their stable - the more the merrier. 

Roger Varian has four Frankel 2yos this 2019 Flat season. 

Let's take a quick look at them:


This bay colt, a March foal, is out of a mare named Looking back and bred by Ashtown Bloodstock. The mare race twice in Italy, place at Listed class on debut and then eighth on heavy going when contesting a Group 3 contest at Cappanelle. Retrospec was purchased at Tattersalls October Year Sales (Book 1) for 850,000 guineas. He races in the familiar yellow and black polka dot silks of Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum. He has been entered for the Epsom Derby. 

Valriyan Steel

This bay colt is an April foal out of the mare Sabratah, who won six from eighteen races in France. This included to Listed class successes. Valriyan Steel is bred by G B Parnership and cost 600,000 euros at the yearling sales. He is now in the ownership of H H SH Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa. 

Queen Daenerys

This bay filly may be ahead of the game being a February foal. Bred by Coolmore, she is out of the mare Song To Remeber. This daughter of the highly-rated Storm Cat never raced but clearly made her mark in the sale's ring. Queen Daenerys is similarly owned by H H SH Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa. She was originally purchased by Oliver St Lawrence from Keeneland 2018 September Sales for $500,000. She made her debut at Ascot (26th July). 

Note: ''Ran well on debut, finishing to good purpose in second place.''

Unnamed - 

They are keeping this bay colt a secret! Well, at least until he gets a name. This bay colt is out of a mare called Vodka bred by Tanimizu, Mr Yuzo. The mare was an exceptional racehorse in Japan winning eight of her twenty-three starts. She won over £7M in total prize money. This youngster was sent to the Tattersalls December Yearling Sales 2018 but not sold by vendor Mount Coote Stud, Ireland for 285,000.   

Related stories: 5 Frankel 2yos to Follow in 2019

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Frankel Watch: 4 Frankel 2yos to Tantalise

Four Frankel 2yos
Frankel Blog likes to keep you informed of the present as well as the long-term plans of Frankel two-year-olds (2yo) which make their mark on our radar. 

Images of us sitting at the bottom of the sea in an old, rusty submarine with FRANKEL written on the side. A dash of white, pink and green to show our patronage. Lucky barnacle-encrusted horseshoe sitting at the stern for those who follow in our wake. 

Often, we detail horses here and there. However, this next few days we could be in for a Frankel spectacular to tantalise even the most subdued of readers. 

I hear you say: ''What's he talking about?''

Well, starting today we have potentially four Frankel two-year-old ready to roll. Our radar has been bleeping like Alan Bailey on a cold winter's morning.


1:45 Sandown - 

We have the Mark Johnston-trained Unresolved making his debut. This bay colt is one of eight two-year-olds to race over the 7f trip with Silvestre De Sousa booked to ride. Presently priced 5/1. It will be interesting to see how Saif Ali's April foal starts his racing career. 


1:50 Ascot - 

I'm quite excited by this relatively expensive Frankel filly named Queen Daenerys, trained by Roger Varian. Carlburg Stables have done well this season with Daahyeh, who won the Albany Stakes (Group 3) at Royal Ascot, and owner H H SH Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa will be expecting a bold show from this $500,000 yearling purchase. 

2:10 Thirsk - 

Readers will remember we pointed out another of Mark Johnston's Frankel flying machines named Frankel's Storm, in the ownership of Nick Bradley Racing 13. I must thank Nick and a number of the syndicate for sharing our post on Twitter. I'm sure connections were a little bit disappointed with the first run at Newmarket where she finished seventh of eight. I don't think she was well served by a wide draw, running more down the centre of the track, as it didn't look the best place to be with some bias. This looks a prime opportunity. 

You may be saying: ''I've heard about these Frankels in previous posts. So you have. However, you haven't heard about this next colt whose been flying up the gallops for Ralph Beckett.


2:15 Newmarket (Also, has an entry for Monday at Ffos Las)

Jacksonian is in the ownership of Mr Frankel himself K Abdullah. This chestnut colt is a son of Frankel, an April foal, out of an unraced mare Kalima.

Good luck to connections.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Where can I find a List of the Most Talented 2yo Frankel Horses Running this Season?

They say knowledge is power.

From betting for umpteen years I appreciate that as a fact. You know, it is surprising how much information is waiting to be found on the internet. A lot of free resources which really should cost decent money have at hand.

The world of blogging and horse racing websites is competitive and they give you plenty without costing you a penny. 

Remember the old days where the only way you would get a publication of the Racing Post or Sporting Life. Yep, you had to go to the newsagents and pay for it with pounds, shillings and pence. Not these days, as you can see all the racecards, results and plenty of stories for gratis. 

We take all these things as being ''as it should be'' often without thanks. We only realise how much we depend on this information when there is a glitch. We hurridly visit Twitter to raise our concern in a manner which is far from grateful. 

Thankfully these platforms keep us informed with the hope we will become a paid subscriber. 

Writing posts for Frankel Blog is a straightforward process because I simply use the free information at hand. Basically the Racing Post and Juddmonte Farms Stallions pages. They are excellent. 

I would be lost without this data. 

However, many horse racing fans don't know where to start. The internet is very good a forwarding information but at times it is like the postman has delivered 1,000 letters when you really want the most appropriate mail addressed to you. 

Hence the question to this blog post: Where can I find a List of the Most Talented 2yo Frankel Horses Running this Season?

You don't need to look any further than click this link here to find Frankel 2yo racehorses for now and future seasons

Always here to help.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Frankel Watch: Roger Varian Fields Queen Daenerys for Debut to Remember

Frankel Watch: Roger Varian Fields Queen Daenerys for Debut to RememberRoger Varian's two-year-olds (2yo) have been in fine form this 2019 Flat Turf season. 

Let's take a quick look at the juveniles which have shown ability:

Daahyeh, Pierre Lapin & Raheeq have all won on debut and proven class acts. 

Daahyeh won well on debut before tasting victory at Royal Ascot when she won the Albany Stakes (Group 3), then runner-up in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2). [I wish the race had kept its original name of the Cherry Hinton). 

Pierre Lapin showed his rivals a clean pair of shoes when blasting clear of the field at Haydock when 1/1f. This exciting son of Cappella Sansevero hasn't been seen since May but has a string of impressive group entries to his name. 

Raheeq made a blistering debut at Bath when this daughter of Muhaarar kicked clear of the field by over four lengths. 

Never a trainer to let the grass grow under his feet, we are pleased to announce that Varian has a Frankel filly ready to make her debut for owner H H SH Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa. This bay is a February foal out of the mare Song To Remember who was unraced. 

Queen Daenerys cost $500,000 at the yearling sales. She was bred by Coolmore and sold at Keeneland 2018 September Yearling Sale by vendor Sequal New York and purchased by Oliver St Lawrence. Lot 429. 

One of the more expensive Frankel offspring we have seen racing this year, I'm excited to see how this youngster goes. 

She is entered to run on 26th July 1:50 Ascot: John Guest EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Class 4) (2yo) 

You can keep track of Queen Daenerys entries by clicking this link

Readers will be pleased to hear that Roger Varian has a few more Frankel offspring at Carlburg Stables, Newmarket.

Retrospective - March bay colt out of the mare Looking Back bred by Ashtown Bloodstock

Valyrian Steel -   An April bay colt out of the mare Sabratah bred by G B Partnership 

Unnamed - May bay colt out of the mare Vodka bred by Tanimizu, Mr Yuzo  

Good luck to connections. 

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

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

The Frankel 2yos for 2019 are hotting up.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday 25th July - 1:45 Sandown Martin Densham Memorial EBF Stakes (Plus 10 Race) 7f. 

Another Frankel 2yo has an entry for this race. Herman Hesse, trained by John Gosden in the ownership of Lady Bamford. 

Click to see the races Unresolved has entries

Good luck to connections.  

Related story: Herman Hesse to Write Poetic Prose for Gosden at Yarmouth 

Sunday, 14 July 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Great news!!!!

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

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

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

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

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

Lovely won on debut for Alpinista

Watch the Race Here

#Alpinista #horseracing #sirmarkprescott