Sunday, 2 October 2022

Did Frankel Win the Epsom Derby?

Did Frankel win the Epsom Derby?

The simple answer is no. 

Sir Henry Cecil's colt went on to be unbeaten in 14 starts over three seasons from 2010 - 2012. 

In my opinion his greatest performance was seen in the 2000 Guineas, which took place at Newmarket's Rowley Mile. 

Cecil considered running Frankel in the Epsom Derby, probably knowing it would be the ultimate victory of an exceptional horse. He made the decision to stick to one mile with the exception of his final two starts when stepping up to 1m 2 1/2f when pulverising the opposition at York by seven lengths. 

His victory in the Juddmonte International Stakes (Group 1) as he was priced 1/10f. Race comments: ''Went clear one furlong out, impressive.''

Frankel concluded his racing career at Ascot when winning the Champion Stakes which is raced over 1m 2f. 

Perhaps one of the bravest decisions made by Sir Henry Cecil was not being tempted to run Frankel in the Epsom Derby and chancing whether he would have sufficient stamina to last 1m 4f. 

It would have been the colt's ultimate test. 

Would he have won the Epsom Derby? 

I wouldn't even like to answer that question because, in truth, I don't feel qualified or opinionated to do so. 

You have to consider that the decision to race or not in the Derby was taken long and hard and connections simply didn't want to take the chance of a loss. 

In hindsight, it was most probably the right decision. To finish his racing career unbeaten there is always the mystique of thinking what was possible. 

He did the impossible but he could have possibly done more. 

Perhaps he could well have won the Epsom Derby. 

We can only imagine.

Related story: Ducking the Epsom Derby no disgrace for 2,000 Guineas winner Frankel

Saturday, 20 August 2022

Frankness Flies Home At Chester (20th August)

As if Frankel's offspring hadn't shone brightly enough with Chaldean winning the Acomb Stakes (Group 3) at York, team Balding proved a star turn at Chester with another smashing prospect this time a chestnut filly called Frankness. 

This daughter of Frankel out of a two-times-winning mare, Cosmopolitan Queen, who was trained by David Elwsorth and in the same silks of owner John Smith. 

Frankness ran well on debut when fancied at Newmarket, finishing third in a tight finish, losing by three-quarters of a length. Then ran a sterling race second start at Chester over 7f when beating Endeared who is a capable colt. 

Under a win penalty Frankness returned to her happy hunting ground over course and distance taking the British Stallion Stud EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes (GBB Race) (Irish Incentive Race) by an impressive six-and-a-half lengths, being eased the last 110 yards under a great front-running ride from 3lb apprentice Harry Davies. 

See full result here

You'd imagine after these two victories this February foal will be heading towards pattern class. 

Good luck to connections. 

Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Son Of Frankel Chaldean Wins Tattersalls Acomb Stakes Group 3 at York

Another outstanding offspring from super sire Frankel.  

Readers will have noted Chaldean has been mentioned a number of times on Frankel Blog and this rising star proved his status as a quality horse winning the Acomb Stakes Group 3. 

A gutsy display at York, racing over 7f on Good going (good to firm in places), saw this son of Frankel gain pattern-class success on his third start, after winning well last time at Newbury when powering home. The 7/2 second-favourite led from over 3f out and held the late challenge of Mill Stream (who faded into fourth place), while withstanding a determined effort from Irish raider Indestructible. Chaldean found plenty under a brilliant ride from Ryan Moore to win by a half length, beating the third by three-and-a-quarter lengths (Oviedo, trained by Edward Bethell). This Class 1 race offered a win price of £85,065. 

See full result here

This son of Frankel out of the the unraced mare Suelita, racing in the familiar (Frankel silks) of Juddmonte. 

Kingsclere Stable will be abuzz with the success of this talented May foal who has big race entries including the Royal Lodge Stakes (Group 2) & Dewhurst Stakes Group 1. This chestnut colt is best priced 8/1 from 25/1.

Well done to connections.

Sunday, 31 July 2022

Andrew Balding's Frankness Shows Class to Win at Chester (1st August)

 Andrew Balding and his team had much to be thankful for with a great day at Chester with a brace of two-year-old winners including Frankel filly Frankness who ran a fine race on debut at Newmarket going one better on Saturday. 

The 9/4 shot, a compact sort, looked at home over this 7f on this idiosyncratic course, relishing the good to soft going. James Fanshawe's Endeared led and looked to set a high standard, before being swallowed up by the John Smith Frankel filly who put down a strong challenge in the final two furlongs the first two beating the third by two and a half lengths. 

Frankness, ridden by Rob Hornby, won by three and a quarter lengths and a horse sure to be racing at pattern class soon. 

She's a well-bred juvenile, a February foal, out of a twice-winning mare, Cosmopolitan Queen who was trained by David Elsworth in the silks of John Smith.

Anna Lisa Balding, trainer's wife, said: ''Frankness ran really well at Newmarket first time out and it's great to see her win win impressively today.''

Good luck to connections.

Follow Frankness race engagements here 

Saturday, 16 July 2022

Frankel 2yo Chaldean Wins at Newbury for Juddmonte

The first Frankel 2yo winner this year. 

Andrew Balding's Chaldean, who made his debut on the 30th June when finishing a creditable fifth, showed his well-being making a giant step forward at Newbury when relishing the extra furlong. 

The 550,000G yearling purchase looks every inch a son of Frankel. 

Juddmonte have another classy juvenile on their hands with this son of Frankel out of unraced mare Suelita. This good-looking colt, a May foal, showed no lack of maturity travelling strongly from the start and looked to have victory in his grasp some way from home, ridden perfectly by David Probert. 

Kingsclere must have been taken by this performance seeing this well-built chestnut colt win by three-quarters of a length. 

Backed to 3-1, he held a nice advantage over the well touted Godolphin charge Silver Knott who finished fourth while runner-up Seeking Gold ran a very nice debut when coming from well off the pace for Tom Clover. Also, Lord Bertie, trained by William Haggas, looks a future winner after showing some spirit in third place after being plenty keen enough throughout. 

Chaldean has a bright future and it would be no surprise to see him contesting pattern class this season. 

Good luck to connections. 

Saturday, 9 July 2022

Frankness makes Debut for Andrew Balding (10th July)

Frankness makes Debut for Andrew Balding (10th July)
The Frankel offspring continue to make their debuts.

Andrew Balding unveiled a daughter of Frankel making her debut at Newmarket (1:30) in the Rossdales British EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes (GBB Race) Class 3 over 7f on Good to Firm going. 

This chestnut filly, a February foal, is a compact, well-balanced horse, racing in the familiar silks of Jeff Smith. In fact, he trained the mare Cosmopolitan Queen who won two races in her sixteen-race career. 

Frankness was well backed (13/2 - 10/3) and looked pretty straight for her initial start. Squeezed out start, sitting towards the rear of the field, she put down a serious challenge in the closing two furlongs, hanging slightly to her right, but couldn't collar the front-running Alseyoob, trained by Ismail Mohammed, in the colours of Saeed H Al Tayor, who is held in some regard by connections. The trainer commented via the Racing Post: ''Alseyoob showed us at home that she was quality and she has run very well. Sean [Levey] was very happy with her. She will stay more .''    

Frankness ran a fine race on her racecourse bow finishing third, beaten by less than two lengths. She is sure to improve with racing. She put me in the mind of Frankella who was similarly owned and trained, who won on her third start and contested Listed class. 

Dean Ivory's Frankel filly Achillea made her second start in this race and showed good pace before dropping back to finish sixth. 

Both horses will be winning soon.

Sunday, 3 July 2022

A Trio of Frankel Offspring 2022 Make Their Debut (3rd July)

I'm not sure if I need my eyes tested, but looking through the declarations, races and results of this year's two-year-old races hasn't revealed many if any Frankel two-year-olds for the class of 2022. 

I'm pleased to say after a long wait, there were a trio of Frankel juveniles made their debut this last week or so and they ran pretty decent races and look to have the winner's enclosure in sight, probably when making their second start. 

30th June, saw Andrew Balding send out one of the first Frankel offspring for the season with the Juddmonte owned Chaldean, sired by the super stallion out of a unraced mare [Suelita]. This late foal [10 May], was fancied to go well and backed to return joint favourite at odds of 10/3. Racing at Newbury [6:28] over 6f, he found himself stuck behind a wall of horses, before finishing with zest, resulting in a fifth place beaten less than four lengths, giving the impression there would be ample improvement to come.

On the 1st July, Sandown [2:55] Richard Hannon unveiled The Parent, a son of Frankel out of a five-times winning mare [Sophie P] in the ownership of Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum. This 280,000g yearling purchase was nibbled at in the market from 16/1 - 12/1. After a tardy start, running off the pace in last position, this good-looking colt made up ground in the closing stages showing ability to finish fourth, beaten less than three lengths. This February foal finished with verve and you'd be expecting notable improvement for his second start. 

Just taking a quick look through the result I'm pretty sure Achillea was the first Frankel two-year-old to race in the UK this season. This daughter of Frankel out of a a winning mare races in the familiar silks of Micahel and Heather Yarrow, in training with Dean Ivory. This bay filly made her debut on the 21st June, when racing at Newbury [6:35]. She was priced 33/1 and run a sound race ''keeping on'' to finish a creditable fourth place. She cost 180.000g at the yearling sales.

Good luck to connections regarding these three exciting prospects. 

Additional news: I know many of the Frankel followers won't need telling but this season Frankel's stallion fee has risen from £175,000 - £200,000. 

Looking forward to more updates.

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Frankel Offspring 2022 - Jeff Koons in Training with John & Thady Gosden

You may be thinking that name rings a bell. 

To be honest, all those names are like music to my ears. 

Checking to see if any of this years Frankel two-year-olds (2yos) have been named and see a good few have and stables detailed. My brain switches off as soon as I see ''unnamed'' because you are forever waiting for the moment a horse gets its monika. 

Hence this son of Frankel, a February foal (11/02/20), out of a very talented mare, Quidura, who raced 12 times in a great career, winning four times, including a couple of Grade 2 victories, and total prize earnings of £580,787. It's interesting to see she started her career racing in Cologne, Germany, where she was tailed off in a Group 3 race before changing trainers and location to the US and H. Graham Motion. It was a good move considering she won her next two starts and pocketed almost £100,000. Later, as a five-year-old, she was trained by Chad C Brown when winning unchallenged at Saratoga, racing over eight-and-a-half furlongs and collecting win prize money of £162,962. 

A very talented mare who ran over distance from 1m - 1m 2f. 

She was sold to White Birch Farm for $3.6 in 2017. 

Jeff Koons is still in the ownership of White Birch Farm, Sc 


If you are still questioning who is Jeff Koons, then he is the American artist recognised for his work dealing with popular culture and sculptures depicting everyday objects. I'm sure you have seen his balloon animals, actually made of stainless-steel and mirror-finished surfaces. In fact, buying Frankel offspring seems a cheap alternative to buying a Jeff Koons' Balloon Dog (Orange) which sold for $91M.   

Considering Jeff Koons' net worth is said to be over $500M he's not short of a few quid. 

I think he should make a balloon horse in colours: green, pink and white.

Whether you like your horse racing or art I will have my eye on Jeff Koons this season as money talks. 

Considering this son of Frankel has an early entry for the 2023 Epsom Derby anything is possible (perhaps).

Good luck to all. 

Photo: Source Racing Post

Saturday, 2 April 2022

Horse Race Betting for Beginners

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

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

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

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

Be disciplined 

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

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

Types of bet 

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

Compare prices 

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

Free bets 

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

How to choose the right horse 

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

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

In Summary 

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

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Friday, 21 January 2022

How much Money did Frankel cost as a Yearling?

How much money did Frankel cost as a yearling?

Frankel didn't have a cost because he was home bred by Juddmonte Farms Ltd, in the ownership of Khalid bin Abdullah Al Saud. Sadly the Prince passed away on the 12th January 2021. His association with top-class thoroughbreds including Frankel, Enable and Dancing Brave detail a truly successful owner breeder of the highest repute. 

So Frankel was never sent to the sales as a foal, yearling or two-year-old. 

The mare of Frankel named Kind is the mother of a number of very talented thoroughbreds including: Frankel, Noble Mission, Bullet Train, Joyeuse and Morpheus. 

Frankel is sired by the legendary Galileo who was sire of Noble Mission, a full-brother to Frankel. 

Both are sires standing at Banstead Manor Stud, Newmarket. 

Frankel has a stud fee of £200,000 (2022), from £175,000, this was raised from an initial £125,000 in 2018. Frankel has been standing at stud since 2013. 

Of his progeny a number of horses have proved very successful including:

Frankel's Top 5 Offspring Earners

Cracksman who was trained by John Gosden, winning 8 of his 11 races and achieving total prize earnings of £2,793,064. He, too, has been standing as a stallion for a fee of £17,500 since 2019.

Mozu Ascot, who was trained in Japan by Yoshito Yahagi, who won 3 of his 18 races but total earnings of £2,565,988. He now stands as a stallion at Arrow Stud, Japan. He costs 2,000,000 JPY. 

Soul Stirring, trained by Kazuo Fujisawa, in Japan, in the ownership of Shadai Race Horse Co Ltd. This mare raced 14 times with 3 wins with total earnings of £1,851,057.

Call The Wind, still in training in France, with Freddy Head, in the ownership of George Strawbridge. This son of Frankel has (at the time of writing) total earnings of £1,718,871. 

Simply Brilliant, originally in training with Richard Fahey until changed trainer in November 2017 when heading to Hong Kong with F C Lor in the ownership of Simply Brilliant Syndicate. At the time of writing (as she is still in training) she has achieved total prize winnings of £1,158,510. 

Frankel continues to sire exceptional horses, which race around the world. 

They continue to sell yearlings in the millions.

Friday, 3 December 2021

A Frankel Fairy Story for John Leeper Dunlop

I guess most horse racing fans remember John Dunlop

Frankel had made his mark before his licence had expired. 

I wonder if you noticed the connection with the Arundel-based maestro and the Frankel-sired John Leeper? 

Unless you are one of those people who have a fascination with middle names, I doubt it. 

For those who do. 

John Leeper Dunlop OBE trained the winner of 74 Group One races. To add to his achievements let's not forget 10 Classic winners. 

Also, over 3000 winners in total.

Champion trainer in 1995. 

A life's work. 

Sadly, John passed away on the 7th July 2018, aged 78. 

His sons, Ed and Harry, have been in the training ranks since 1995 and 2007 respectively. Both Eton educated, and successful handlers with major wins. 

However, it is fair to say their accolades pale into significance compared to their father. To be fair, Dunlop had a vast career from 1966 - 2012. 

Major wins included: 

1000 Guineas: Quick As Lightning (1980), Salsabil (1990) & Shadayid (1991)

Derby: Shirley Heights (1978) & Erhaab (1998)

Oaks: Circus Plume (1984) & Salsabil (1990)

St Leger: Moon Madness (1986), Silver Patriarch (1997) & Millenary (2000)

It seems a long introduction to get to the heart of this title: A Frankel Fairy Story for John Leeper Dunlop. 

This son of Frankel out of the exceptional dam Snow Fairy, who was trained by Ed Dunlop, had a supreme racing career spanning from 2009 - 2012. 

Race fans will need little help remembering this brilliant horse. She races 21 times, achieving 8 wins, and placed 8 times. 

Snow Fairy was a globe-trotting success story. She raced at Group 1 level and rarely disappointed, a truly consistent horse. Six of her victories came at the highest level racing in countries across the world: England, Ireland, France, Japan & Hong Kong. 

She concluded her racing career with a Group 1 victory at Leopardstown Ireland, winning the Irish Mills Irish Champion Stakes, beating John Gosden's Nathaniel by one-and-a-quarter lengths. 

Total career earning of £3,911,804. 


A horse that you could only hope to own. Anamoine Ltd had the luxury of not only racing this astonishing filly but to appreciate and realise the worth of her offspring. 

Virgin Snow, sired by Gleneagles has proven a lovely, progressive, filly, trained by Ed Dunlop, racing in the familiar Snow Fairy silks of Anamoine Limited. At the time of writing, she has raced 8 times, tasting victory on her first start taking advantage of a lowly handicap mark of 82. She's steadily gone up in the weight and every inch a Group horse. It's only a matter of time before this bay wins at pattern class. 

To be fair John Leeper is a horse breeder's dream. Sired by Frankel and out of Snow Fairy. If ever a horse should be a Group 1 contender this is the one. 

I guess that is a story for many blue bloods.

John Leeper is one of the best horses in Ed Dunlop's stable. In fact, I would imagine La Grange Stables will be looking forward to this new Flat turf season. 

This bay colt, born on the 28th April 2018, may well have needed time to mature. However, he was far from disgraced on his debut at Doncaster on the 11th September 2020. Making his debut over 7f, he was half fancied in the betting, with an 8/1 SP. He finished a creditbale fourth, beaten three-and-a-quarter lengths. 

This year will see a much better horse. I'm excited to see where John Leeper makes his return as a three-year-old. 

Ed Dunlop and owners Anamoine Limited will be meticulously planning this year's campaign. Long term plans include the Epsom Derby (Group 1) and the Irish Derby (Group 1). 

Perhaps John Leeper Dunlop will transcend life in the name of another Classic winner. 

Wouldn't that be a Fairy story come true?

Good luck to connections.

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Princesse D'or Heads to Kempton to Make her Debut (10th November)

If money talks, there should be lots of gossip surrounding the debut of Frankel filly Princesse D'or who makes her debut at Kempton this evening. 

Charlie Appleby has been in fine form all season with his two-year-olds and this bay filly, an April foal, is bred to be a class apart. The sales price of 2,000,000 guineas is enough to catch the attention of most, let alone when you have a closer look at her breeding. 

A half-sister to Golden Horn out of the unraced mare Fleche D'or. 

Golden Horn won over £4M in prize money from 7 victories and now a stallion with a fee of £10,000. 

Princesse D'or is a full sister to Dhahabi who cost 3,100,000 guineas and winner on debut for connections and placed in pattern class on his next two starts. 

Princesse D'or makes her debut at Kempton (5:00) contesting the 1m Unibet/British Stallions Studs EBF Fillies' Stakes (GBB Race) (Div I) (Class 5) (2yo)


In what looks a competitive heat, Roger Varian's Al Husn will make the most of her experience, especially after a slow start from a plum draw in stall 1. 

There has been money fro Princesse D'or who has to negate a wide draw in stall 12 which is far from ideal for a debutante on a turning course. However, racing over one mile, gives time to find her stride and ability should come to the fore. 

Clive Cox's Yarraluma ran well last time out at Great Yarmouth, while Peace Offering ran a fine race on debut at Nottingham for Lord Lloyd-Webber, racing in his familiar silks. 

To add to the mix Simon Crisford fields Ammolite who won on debut 162-days ago. 

This should be a stiff race and a competitive introduction to Princesse D'or who will have her supporters. 

Good luck to connections. 

Result: 

Photo: Racing Post 

Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Frankel Watch 2021: Inspiral Makes Successful 2yo Debut for Cheveley Park Stud

Frankel-sired Inspiral, trained by John & Thady Gosden made an exciting debut at Newmarket in the Close Brothers Maiden Fillies' Stakes over 7f. 

This bay daughter of Frankel out of a debut-winning mare [Starscope] who raced eight times in her career and runner-up in the 2012 Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes (Group 1) when a long way behind the impressive Homecoming Queen. She had a highest official rating of 110 and total earnings of £158,372. 

Inspiral, a March foal, owned and bred by Cheveley Park Stud, was fancied in the betting at odds of 2/1. 

After being towards the rear of the field, she made headway on the outer 3f out, prominent when pushed along 2f out, chased leader inside final furlong, ran on well and led towards finish. A fine ride by Robert Havlin to win by one-and-a-half-lengths from Ardbraccan, trained by Richard Hannon, who was promoted to second after being hampered by Calm Skies who wandered in the closing stages. 

Source: Racing Post 

Thady Gosden, joint-trainer said: ''She will get a mile in time and we may well go small steps with her to give her more experience. They went steady enough early on and she finished off nicely.''

Good luck to connections. 

In a follow-up to the original post, it's great to see the progress of Inspiral who closed the Flat turf season 2021 with four victories. Without doubt, she is the class act for Frankel fillies in the UK, culminating in a ready victory of the bet365 Fillies' Mile. 


A truly impressive formative season and leading Classic hope. 

Sunday, 3 October 2021

Frankel Colt Al Mubhir Backed to Win on Newmarket Debut (3rd October 2021)

William Haggas is a trainer to take note of when sending his debutantes to Newmarket and that proved to be the case when Al Mubhir flew home to take the MansionBet Beaten By A Head Stakes (GBB Race) (Class 4) (2yo) 7f Row on Good going. 

This chestnut colt, a son of Frankel out of the mare Muffri'Ha in the ownership of Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum was seriously backed from an opening price of 12/1 - 9/2. William Buick gave this February foal a confident ride: ''Towards rear, steady headway on outer over 2f, pushed along over 1f out, led inside final 110yds, comfortably.''

William Haggas said: ''Al Mubhir did that nicely. The jockey liked him but said he knew nothing so we might have to run him again but he was a bit spicy after the race so we'll have to see.''

This looks one of the best performances from this year's crop of two-year-old recruits and no mean feat beating Filistine trained by John Gosden and First Officer, trained by Roger Varian, who finished with some verve. 

The mare Muffri'Ha was similarly owned and trained over four seasons (2014 - 17), racing 28 times, achieving 7 wins including a Group 3 success at Newmarket and placed at Group 1. She had a highest official rating of 109 and total earnings of £268,072. 

Al Mubhir is an exciting prospect who is likely to race at Group class and may be a candidate for the 2,000 Guineas.

This was Frankel's 349th individual winner. 

Good luck to connections.

Saturday, 4 September 2021

Son of Frankel Triple Time Wins Ascendant Stakes Listed Race for Kevin Ryan (4th September)

Triple Time proved a star turn for this seasons crop of Frankel two-year-olds with an authoritative win at Haydock this afternoon. 

Kevin Ryan's charge won the Betfair Exchange Ascendant Stakes Listed Race in good style beating Godolphin's hot favourite Hafit who started odds-on after winning on debut. Triple Time, racing in the familiar silks of owner Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum, was pushed out to win by one-and-a-half lengths. 

Andrea Atzeni gave this progressive colt an educated ride sitting in the rear after dwelling at the start and taking a keen hold, but soon making his move at the furlong pole to test the opposition by leading and increasing the tempo, facing challengers at the two pole before keeping on strongly to win in good style. 

Triple Time has raced four times to date, making his debut back in June at Leicester when contesting a hot Maiden Stakes, won by John Gosden's Dhabab, finishing a running-on third over 6f. He ran a sterling race on his second start at Haydock when stepping up a furlong to Mr McCann. Then thrashing his opponents when returning to the course, stepping up to one mile, winning impressively by nine-and-a-half lengths.

Today's victory detailed one of the better Frankel two-year-olds for this present season. 

This home bred is out of a three-time winning mare, Reem Three, who was trained by Luca Cumain in 2005 - 2006, racing just eight times and Listed placed. 

Kevin Ryan quoted: I was very worried about the ground but Sheikh Mohammed Obaid is not afraid of getting beaten and he said let's find out now. And TRIPLE TIME has handled it. We'll have to discuss but he's done everything he needed to this year, he's identified himself as a very talented horse. He's going to be very exciting for next year. Ten furlongs is probably as far as he wants to go and we think of him as a Guineas horse.

Racing Result: Source Racing Post

Friday, 6 August 2021

Frankel Offspring 2021: Perfect News Goes Well on Yarmouth Debut

This seaside destination has seen its share of classy two-year-olds. 

William Haggas is no stranger to unveiling talented juveniles and this mile straight is a lovely course to make a start to a racing career. 

4th August, Great Yarmouth, saw Perfect News make her debut when contesting the Diomed EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes (GBB Race) (Class 5) (2yo) (6f3y) 6f on good going. 

If you are looking for a well bred two-year-old then you will go a long way to find a potential talent such as Perfect News. This daughter of Frankel is out of a very memorable horse, Besharah, who was similarly owned and trained. She made her mark over two seasons 2015 - 2016 when racing 12 times. Her formative season was particularly impressive with four victories from seven starts including comfortable wins at Group 3 & 2, and placed when concluding her two-year-old season losing by less than one length when favourite in the Cheveley Park Stud (Group 1), staying on behind Mark Johnston's Lumiere. 

Source: Racing Post 

If Perfect News can achieve half of the success of her mother Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum will be a very happy owner. 

Perfect News made a lovely introduction when finishing just under two lengths behind the talented and experienced Princess Shabnam (see her at Tattersalls breeze-up Sales) who was tasting victory for the first time after two dashing efforts, finishing runner-up to another Frankel talent in Frankella, trained by Andrew Balding, who was far from disgraced when fifth a Listed class. 

Liam Jones gave Perfect News a tentative introduction, sitting just behind the lead, progressing nicely through the race, bustled along at the two pole, before closing on the winner in the closing stages to take second place in easy fashion but always held by the victor. 

Ridden with hands and heels, Perfect News is a two-year-old with a future and she is likely to improve markedly for this first effort and could well be stepped up to 7f. 

Source: Racing Post 

There's every chance this March foal will be contesting group class. 

Winning will be a formality. 

Good luck to connections.

Update: 18th August 2021

Good to see Perfect News winning second start at Carlisle

Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Frankel Filly With The Moonlight Wins for Godolphin

I'm pretty sure With The Moonlight was a historic winner for the super sire Frankel. This daughter of Frankel was his 800th offspring winner. In addition, Juddmonte announced the 75th Stakes winner for Frankel

A mark of a true champion. 

However, any punter who bet on With The Moonlight, who raced over one mile at Chelmsford, her second start, looked anything but the winner showing signs of inexperience and even given a crack of the whip in the first couple of furlongs, before getting her act together and catching Mark Johnston's Noonie in the closing half furlong. 

Assistant trainer, Alex Merriman said: ''With The Moonlight got the job done nicely and I think the one mile trip suited her. She's learned from her first run and we're really pleased. I'm not sure where she'll go next as I've not spoken to Charlie yet. We'll have to wait and see what he wants to do.'' 

Charlie Appleby's bay filly out of Sand Vixen, who was trained by Saeed bin Suroor, a three-time-winning mare, who won the Flying Childers Group 2, and concluded her career when unplaced in the Cheveley Park Stakes (Group 1). She raced just six times in her formative season achieving an official rating of 107, and total earning of £72,256. 


With The Moonlight is likely to progress with her racing and contest pattern class this season. 

Good luck to connections. 

Source: Racing Post 

Saturday, 10 July 2021

Andrew Balding's Frankella Makes it Third Time Lucky (10th July)

They say the best things are worth waiting for and I'm sure that's the thought of connections as Frankel filly, Frankella, made it third time lucky when winning at Newmarket on the 8th July. This daughter of Frankel out of the Group 1 winning mare Arabian Queen who raced in the same ownership for John Smith. 

However, Frankella hadn't looked a star turn on her two formative starts. She was fancied to go well on her debut at Salisbury when racing over six furlongs but disappointed finishing fifth of nine behind Alfaila, trained by Owen Burrows. Frankella made her return to Salisbury, just ten days later, stepping up to seven furlongs on good to soft going when contesting what looked a very hot maiden. Balding's charge led for a long way before tiring in the final furlong to finish seventh, beaten seventeen-and-a-half lengths. 

To be fair, things weren't looking too promising for this well-bred filly. 

Perhaps making her third start at Newmarket, contesting a Class 2 race, was a sign that she was still held in high regard by Kingsclere Stables. 

In fact, this small, compact filly, was well backed before drifting late in the betting to return at odds of 20/1. 

Racing on faster ground and dropping back to six furlongs saw a purposeful victory, leading for most of the way and holding the late charge of Sean Wood's Princess Shabnam, to win by half-a-length. 

Source: Racing Post

It was interesting that Andrew Balding could offer no explanation of the apparent improvement in form. 

However, Oisin Murphy, jockey, said: ''That was a really good result and it was great for the family. Frankella has improved for dropping back to six furlongs and she is very talents.''

From a breeding perspective, this win is worth its weight in gold and there could be more to come. 

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Frankel 2yo Sadmah Wins on Debut at Haydock (10th June)

They say all good things come to those who wait. 

I'm sure punters felt the same when they saw Kevin Ryan's Frankel filly Sadmah after looking flat-footed at the two-furlong pole. 

In fact some unlucky layers gave odds of 229/1 in-running when they thought it was money in the bank! 

This daughter of Frankel out of a three-time winning Australian race mare [Mossfun] could be a very talented and progressive filly for owners Emirates Park Pty Ltd. The trainer's son, Adam Ryan, said this was the first horse the stable had trained for these new owners who have a number horses in training with John Gosden, William Haggas & Jason Ward to name a few. This good-looking filly was in contention but lost her position mid race and was outpaced and three lengths behind the lead when she cracked on with a couple of taps of the whip and given a lovely ride by Kevin Stott. The 6/1 shot fairly scorched home in the last 100m after looking unlikely to figure. She won going away by three-quarter of a length. This would have been significantly more if not showing signs of inexperience. 

Adam Ryan said: 

QUOTES: I'm delighted with that. SADMAH is a filly that had been showing the right signs at home but it's the first day at school and she was in the stalls a long time. She was a little bit outpaced when they quickened things up but that's to be expected first time out and she stayed on strongly and hit the line well. It's our first winner for Emirates Park and I hope she has a bright future. She looks like a filly who will do better in time, her pedigree suggests that - Adam Ryan, assistant trainer.

Photo: Sadmah winning at Haydock 


Friday, 4 June 2021

Frankel 2yo Eye Catchers for 2021

It's been a little while since I last write a post. As you may appreciate the Frankel two-year-olds (2yos) for the 2021 season are in no rush to reveal themselves. However, we do have three talented juveniles to detail which all will be winners although one of those has proven to be a disappointment and odds-on loser. 

Put these in your notebook.

Triple Time, trained by Kevin Ryan.

This son of Frankel out of a three-time winning mare made a taking debut at Leicester [1/6/21]. Racing in the familiar silks of Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum, this March foal faced stiff competition over 6f on good-to-firm ground. A gallant third place looked all the more promising when you watch the race as this bay colt was dramatically slow from the stalls, keen, but ran on in the fashion of a classy horse. There will be lots more to come from this good-looking son of Frankel. Kevin Ryan does well with his two-year-olds and seen a number of winners this season. There was money for Triple Time who was backed from 9/1 - 17/2. The form of that race will hold up and John Gosden's winner Dhabab looks a real talent, while Archie Watson's second placed Sweeping will be winning soon. It's not beyond the realms Triple Time is the best of the lot. I'd be surprised if he doesn't win next time out in a normal maiden and connections could fancy a chance at Royal Ascot.    

Find, trained by John Gosden. 

Another Frankel colt in the capable care of John & Thady Gosden. This April foal is owned by Prince A A Faisal, a home bred from Nawara Stud Limited. This bay colt is out of a very talented mare who four times from nineteen starts, victorious at Grade 1, accruing over £500,000 in total prize earnings.  Find made his debut at Great Yarmouth [28/5/21] over 7f on good ground. This race fielded a number of talented two-year-olds including the comfortable winner New Science trained by Charlie Appleby for Godolphin who proved a classy favourite and clearly a horse that will contend group class racing sooner than later. Find was fancied in the betting [11/2]. Draw in stall one, this good-looking colt, who looked in very good condition, travelled just in behind the pace, hitting the front at the two pole, going as well as anything, and not given a hard time at all in the closing furlong when the favourite went on. I would expect a big run on his second start and another to be contesting pattern class. I'm pretty sure the form of the Yarmouth race will reveal a number of winners. 

Fall Of Rome, trained by Charlie Appleby. 

This bay colt is an April foal in training with Charlie Appleby in the familiar royal blue silks of Godolphin. This son of Frankel is out of a debut-winning mare who also prevailed at Listed class, and contested pattern class on six occasions. 

Fall Of Rome has been something of a punter's nightmare, beaten favourite on his first two starts to date and failing to shine when only finishing third at odds-on [4/11] when the going may have been a touch too soft for this horse. He looked something of an unlucky loser when running from a long way off the pace at Ascot on debut when racing over 5f which may have been on the sharp side. By all accounts it was a disappointing effort at Goodwood but I'm sure a win will be coming within the next few starts. Perhaps a drop back in distance on better ground will be the answer. 

Three promising Frankel 2yo colts who will be winning soon.