Saturday, 8 May 2021

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 £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.

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

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

Monday, 3 May 2021

Could We See the First Frankel Sired 2YO for 2021 Season?

Could We See the First Frankel Sired 2YO for 2021 Season?

Ascot here we come!

We can only cross our fingers and hope. 

I don't know about you, but I've been checking the Flat racing entries and hoping to see the first Frankel two-year-old of this year's crop. Nothing to note in March or April. Lots of three year olds including two starts in Snow Lantern and John Leeper who are sure to continue in great form and race at pattern class. 

But no two-year-olds. 

However, checking the entries today, I see that Charlie Appleby has Wild Beauty entered to run at Ascot on the 7th May. Only time will tell. At this time, sixteen runners are entered for the 5f British Stallions Stud EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes (Class 4). 

This daughter of Frankel is out of a twice-winning French-raced mare, Tulips, who won at Listed class and contested Group 1, when finishing a creditable fourth. This home bred for Godolphin hails from a stable that does particularly well with its two-year-old debutantes racing in the month May. 

Wild Beauty a March foal, could shortly be making her appearance and may well be heading to Royal Ascot if winning on debut. 

Follow Wild Beauty's entries here. 

Good luck to connections.

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Thursday, 15 April 2021

Snow Lantern Lighting the Way for Hannon in 1000 Guineas (7th March)

Frankel blog is all about the offspring of the most famous racehorse and stallion. 

Don't believe me, then remember he's unbeaten, has an endless string of pattern-class progeny, and a stallion fee of £175,000.

Not convinced?

Get ready for this new Flat turf season and the Classics. 

One filly who may have slipped under the radar is Snow Lantern. This daughter of Frankel is exceptionally bred. Out of a mare most race fans will remember as a rare talent in the ownership of Rockliffe Stud. 

Richard Hannon trained both mother and daughter. 

Who could forget Sky Lantern?

She raced 16 times times achieving 6 wins and 4 second places. 

This daughter of Red Clubs had total earnings of  £803,878. She won her debut in flying form, thrashing the opposition by three-and-a-half lengths, an even-money shot at Goodwood, ridden by Richard Hughes. 

Clearly, connections knew she was a cut above the norm - and they were right. 

From that day, the racing calendar was all about contesting Group races. 

Winners included: 

Two-Year-Old Wins 

Debut, Goodwood

Listed, Naas

Group 1, Moyglare, Curragh 

Three-Year-Old Wins 

Group 1, 1000 Guineas, Newmarket 

Group 1, Coronation Stakes, Royal Ascot 

Group 1, King Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes, Royal Ascot 

Getting Ready for the Newmarket 1000 Guineas 2021

Snow Lantern was well respected last season as a two-year-old. However, connections were in no rush with her and this Flat turf season 2021 is the plan. Not to say she didn't catch the eye when making her debut on the 25th July, Ascot, the Betfred Supports Jack Berry House British EBF Stakes over 7f on Good to Firm going. 

She was pretty fancied, too. 

With a starting price of 6/1, there were real expectations of a debut win. I was very interested in this grey filly that day. However, she was tardy from the stalls and it looked a stiff task with the experienced Gosden runner, Isle Of May, setting decent fractions. Even at the 2-pole Snow Lantern looked as if this racecourse bow was more about experience than winning. Heading into the final furlong, this March foal was gathering stride, making stylish headway for Pat Dobbs who was at pains to give this youngster a nice introduction. 

She finished a creditable second behind Zabeel Queen, trained by Roger Varian, who has run very well at pattern class on her next two starts and holds entries for the Irish 1000 Guineas and Oaks. 

Snow Lantern is a filly I will be watching out for this new Flat turf season. She has entries for the English and Irish 1000 Guineas and may hold claims at did odds. 

1000 Guineas 33/1 (Newmarket)

Snow Lantern will progress this season and the extra furlong will suit. I'm not sure if connections will line her up for a Classic trial such as the Nell Gwyn Stakes (Group 3) and Fred Darling Stakes (Group 3). It's often a strength to go straight for the race. 

Good luck to connections. 

Update: A lovely victory for Snow Lantern on her return at Newbury racing over 1m. This comfortable victory now sees the Frankel filly as short as 8/1. The 33/1 looks an inspired ante-post bet. 

Looking forward to the 1000 Guineas and a big performance. 

See the previous winners of the 1000 Guineas here. 

Sadly, Snow Lantern will miss the 1000 Guineas with connection opting for one of two races at the York meeting. 

A shame in ways.

Photo: Sky Lantern 

Some praise by Richard Hannon on the daughter of Frankel and Sky Lantern' SNOW LANTERN:

Tuesday, 16 March 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.

Saturday, 13 March 2021

Frankel Fillies Earmarked for 2021 Newmarket 1000 Guineas


Looking at the Frankel offspring for this year's 2021 1000 Guineas. This Classic race takes place on the 2nd May on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket. 

It's a race that dates back to 1814. The first winner was named Charlotte, trained by Tom Perren, ridden by Tom Cliff, and in the ownership of Christoper Wilson. 

In recent years, Aidan O'Brien has made this race his own winning four of the last five contests with some exceptionally thoroughbreds including Minding (2016), Winter (2017), Hermosa (2019) and last year saw Love win, ridden by Ryan Moore for owners Magnier, Tabor & Smith. This daughter of Galileo has won 6 of her 10 starts, 4 victories at Group 1 class and over £700,000 in total earning. 

See a list of recent 1000 Guineas winners here. 

Many race fans will remember that a Frankel-sire filly competed in the 2020 1000 Guineas. Roger Charlton's Quadrilateral was sent off 11/4f. She had headed to Newmarket unbeaten in her three starts at two. She finished third behind Love, beaten four-and-a-half lengths. 

So how will Frankel's offspring go this year's 1000 Guineas. 

By all accounts, we are looking at limited stock, certainly numbers, as, at the time of writing, there are just two British-trained fillies earmarked for this second Classic of the season. 

There are 63 entrants at this stage with a maximum of just 25 possible runners on the day. With no guarantee that any Frankel three-year-old fillies will make the big day, these candidates will need to put their best foot forward on the commencing of the new season. It's likely they will contest a Classic trail and decisions will be made.

Vesela, trained by Ralph Beckett, in the ownership of Juddmonte, Khalib bin Abdullah Al Saud

This bay daughter of Frankel, out of a two-time winning mare, who was successful at Listed class. 

Vesela disappointed on debut at Newmarket over 7f when a 11/2 shot, finishing tenth of fifteen and beaten over ten lengths. 

Much better was seen second start when stepping up to one mile when winning by a head. 

Clearly, there is much improvement needed to see his February foal be one of the leading lights and the odds of 50/1 suggest this too. 

However, Beckett has earmarked the 1000 Guineas as the route for this winner and we will follow her progress this Flat turf season 2021. 

The other filly, in my opinion, may have stronger claims.

Frankel Blog has mentioned this daughter of Frankel in one of our recent post. Snow Lantern is the daughter of Sky Lantern (pictured), similarly trained by Richard Hannon. The dam was an exceptional filly winning the 2013 1000 Guineas [the 200th running]. 

You can learn more about Sky Lantern and Snow Lantern by reading this post: Snow Lantern Lighting the Way for Hannon in 1000 Guineas  

Snow Lantern is a grey filly, owned and bred by Rockcliffe Stud. Richard Hannon suggested she would go for a Guineas trial and head to the 1000 Guineas.

With a sole race under her belt, when finishing a creditable runner-up at Ascot, there is a lot of improvement needed but also to come. 

The ante-post betting for the 1000 Guineas sees Snow Lantern priced 33/1 with bookmakers. 

It would seem that Frankel has a limited number of quality three-year-olds racing over one mile. In fact, there are just two British-trained offspring of this exceptional racehorse and sire entered at this stage for the 2000 Guineas which is set to take place on the 1st May 2021.

Good luck to connections. 

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Frankel Offspring Heading for 2021 Guineas Glory

With the 2021 Flat turf season on the horizon we're looking at the 2000 Guineas betting markets. 

How many Frankel-sired three-year-olds are heading to Newmarket to compete on 1st May? 

From a vast string of Frankel two-year-olds, the number of live candidates are few. In fact, just two Frankel British-trained colts may be heading to the Guineas Rowley Mile. Part of the QIPCO British Champions Series. 

With win prize money of £212,663 competition is stiff. 

Starting with the 2000 Guineas, 1st May 2021

Just two Frankel three-year-old colts have been given entries for this prestigious Group 1 race. Not forgetting, Frankel won the 2000 Guineas back in 2011. Personally, I think this was one of his most impressive wins. I will add a YouTube video for readers to enjoy. I have never seen a horse hold such an incredible advantage when racing at the highest level. 

A truly exceptional racehorse and stallion. 

Anyway, let's get to the Frankel 2000 Guineas hopes.

At the time of writing there are 72 entrants with a maximum of 25 horses allowed to take part on the big day. 

Take a look at the 2000 Guineas entries here.  

Latest Generation, trained by Simon & Ed Crisford, in the ownership of Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum.   

This son of Frankel is exceptionally well bred out of Rizeena, who was a supreme talent for Clive Brittain in his latter years of training. She raced 16 times achieving 5 wins, the same number of seconds and one third place. 

She raced 14 times at Group level, a dual Group one winner including the Curragh's Moyglare Stud Stakes (Group 1), Ireland, aged two & Coronation Stakes (Group 1) at Royal Ascot, aged three. 

Rizeena ran in the 1000 Guineas (2014) when finishing seventh behind Miss France. Clive Brittain's filly was fancied to go well and priced 9/2. 

A class filly, she was runner-up on four other occasions at the highest level. 

With an all-time high official rating of 115 and total earning of £632,315, it's no surprise she is remembered by many. 

Simon & Ed Crisford will be hoping Latest Generation can live up to the lofty heights of his mother. 

This bay colt, a February foal, is presently a 50/1 shot for the 2000 Guineas. He has run three times in his formative season. 

He won comfortably on his second start at Doncaster (1m) and dipped his toe into pattern class when a 5/1 chance. He was well beaten in the Emirates Autumn Stakes (Group 3) when finishing seventh a similar number of lengths behind One Ruler, trained by Charlie Appleby. 

By all accounts, Latest Generation needs to find a good deal of improvement to win this Classic race, although it is an open race with the O'Brien family (Aidan & Joseph) holding the first four favourites although the shortest being 8/1. 

The other Frankel 2000 Guineas hope is a similarly exceptionally well bred horse. In fact the sire winning the 2000 Guineas in 2011 and the dam winning the 1000 Guineas in 2004. 

Sayf Al Dawla, trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam is very much an unknown quantity and needs to be the exception to the rule. This unraced colt, an April foal, must have been catching the eye on the gallops.

In the ownership of Ms Sally Elizabeth Wall, this son of Frankel cost 525,000 guineas at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sales (Book 1) 2019 [Lot 180]. He was originally purchased by Phoenix Thoroughbreds.    

As noted, the dam of Sayf Al Dawla was an exceptionally talented racehorse and prolific dam, who was trained by Mark Johnston.

Attraction is a horse that hit the headlines for her talent and poor conformation. 

She raced 15 times and achieved 10 wins, runner-up on two occasions. In fact, she won her first eight races consecutively. 

Attraction, was something of an enigma, renowned for her wonky legs, she was every inch a superstar. 

In fact, her half length win in the 1000 Guineas (2004) was part of that successive effort. For good measure she headed to the Curragh three weeks later winning the Irish 1000 Guineas in comfortable fashion. 

Racing at Group one class nine times she won five times and was runner-up on two occasions. 

With a highest official rating of 119, she had total earnings of £899,597. 

Probably one of the best racing and breeding mares on the planet. 

It will be interesting to see how Sayf Al Dawla goes this new Flat turf season and whether this son of Frankel is a live chance to make the Guineas. Considering he is priced 40/1, he must be held is some regard and has lofty expectations. 

In addition, he has an entry for the Epsom Derby and ante post priced at 100/1.

Sayf Al Dawla will most likely make his appearance early season and win a maiden before perhaps a Classic trial. 

Although a colt who is held in high regard, very much at the start of his journey as a potentially smart racehorse. 


Looking forward to the 2000 Guineas?

We would love to hear your thoughts.


Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Frankel 2yos for Clive Cox Flat Turf Season 2021


Clive Cox is a quietly spoken man who lets his horses do the talking. 

Taking a look at last year's two-year-olds he knows his horses and places them exceptionally well. 

Let's take a look at the Frankel two-year-old for Clive Cox this Flat turf season 2021. 

Surac is a son of Frankel out of a French-raced mare who cost £130,000 at the yearling sales. This bay colt was bred by Rockhart Trading Ltd. He is a full brother to Old Glory who cost a giant 1,600,000 euros, who made a winning debut at Naas (2018) when in training with Aidan O'Brien. At the time of writing, this colt has raced nine times and won prize money of £45,871. This colt is now in training with  H Al Ramzani at Doha, the capital of Qatar. 

I see that Clive has another Frankel colt, at present unnamed. This son of Frankel, out of the mare One Last Dance, bred by Fairway Thoroughbreds. 

When you consider Cox trained Nando Parrado (pictured) went to Royal Ascot and won the Coventry Stakes (Group 2) at odds of 150/1, you don't need to think what he can do with a few Frankel offspring. 

Good look to connections. 

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

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.  


Friday, 15 January 2021

Cheltenham Festival 2021 Champion Hurdle Day Favourites and Their Sires


While Frankel is without question one of the greatest racehorses of all-time, his career at stud has seen the vast majority of his progeny run on the Flat. The one area in which we are all waiting for him to make an impact is a sire of National Hunt racehorses. 

The great thing about breeding racehorses is equine greatness can spring from various sources. 

Looking into the pedigrees of four favourites from Champion Hurdle day at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, you can see what we mean. 

Shishkin (Sholokhov) 

Strong Arkle fancy Shishkin was sired by Sholokhov, making him a half-brother to 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Don Cossack. That suggests he will appreciate even further than two miles over fences in time. 

Sholokhov won the Gran Criterium at the San Siro track in Milan, Italy as a juvenile but frequently butted heads with Hawk Wing when trained in Ireland by Aidan O’Brien. His 200/1 second in the 2002 Irish Derby behind High Chaparral almost caused one of the biggest upsets in horse racing history.

Shishkin (Sholokhov) 

Strong Arkle fancy Shishkin was sired by Sholokhov, making him a half-brother to 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Don Cossack. That suggests he will appreciate even further than two miles over fences in time. 

Sholokhov won the Gran Criterium at the San Siro track in Milan, Italy as a juvenile but frequently butted heads with Hawk Wing when trained in Ireland by Aidan O’Brien. His 200/1 second in the 2002 Irish Derby behind High Chaparral almost caused one of the biggest upsets in horse racing history.

Epatante (No Risk At All)

The up-and-coming sire behind reigning Champion Hurdle heroine Epatante is No Risk At All. It’s fair to say that the daughter has far surpassed her father on the track already and can look forward to life after racing as a broodmare. 

No Risk At All twice won at Listed level when trained in France as a juvenile. Although struggling the following year, he recorded consecutive Group 3 successes as a four-year-old.

Epatante, who is a half-sister to smart Irish chaser Allaho, has three Grade 1 victories and counting on her own CV so far. She remains the one to beat for the powerful connections of trainer Nicky Henderson and owner JP McManus in the 2021 Champion Hurdle.

Honeysuckle (Sulamani)

 

As yet undefeated on the track, Henry De Bromhead’s star mare Honeysuckle is by globetrotting sire Sulamani. Victorious in the 2002 Prix du Jockey Club, also known as the French Derby, he also won Group/Grade 1 races in four other countries. 

Sulamani was still useful as a five-year-old when he took the Juddmonte International at York and Canadian International at Woodbine. There is a definite emphasis on stamina in his progeny. 

Honeysuckle is the half-sister of 2016 Grand National hero Rule The World, who famously went into the world’s greatest steeplechase as a maiden over fences. She is also ante post favourite for consecutive Mares’ Hurdle victories at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival. 

Galvin (Gold Well) 

It seems hard to believe that a prolific and successful racehorse sire wouldn’t have had a good career on the track themselves, but that’s not the case with Gold Well. His son, Galvin, has been put away for the winter by Irish trainer Gordon Elliott for a tilt at the National Hunt Chase. 

Gold Well has never had in a race in his life, but is a brother to the prolific stallion Montjeu and that is all the recommendation required. Proof, as if it were needed, of his credentials can be found courtesy of Holywell, a Grade 1 winning novice chaser, and 2018 Irish Grand National scorer General Principle.

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Why Didn't Frankel Run in the Grand National?


If you have ever wanted to put two horses on a pedestal you could do a lot worse than suggest Red Rum & Frankel. 

Two horses from different generations, racing codes and seemingly world's apart. I doubt there has been many blog posts to detail these two iconic thoroughbred racehorses in the same sentence. 

They both changed the racing world. 

Stories of delight, tears of joy, to enthrall young and old alike.  

The recital of Red Rum winning three Grand Nationals doesn't lose its lustre. Even the youngest generation of Grand National fans look forward to learning about this truly remarkable race horse. 

I can't remember the first time I heard about Red Rum, but I can pretty much guarantee I was watching racing on the TV with my Dad. Considering I was born in 1970, I may well have had a child-like conversation with my father and a million unanswered questions that only a child can ask to bamboozle the wisest minds. 

As the black and white TV sat in the corner of the room, blasting out dialectical materialism and betting odds, a young mind was rationalising... 

Why?

Why is that person sitting on that horse?

What is a furlong?

Why do horses wear shoes?

I'm sure you've been there...

Basically, horse racing, gambling, fun and enjoyment made for our very liberal upbringing.  

For example, our pet cat, Pogle, was given his name in memory of a race horse my Dad struck a substantial win bet the year before...

One year Santa brought us a slot machine.

Gambling was definitely in our blood - it is to this day.

Considering Red Rum won the Grand National in 1973, 1974 & 1977 I had a good few years to read the form. 

To think its getting on for 50-years since we heard those dulcet tones of Sir Peter O'Sullevan saying: ''A tremendous reception, you've never heard one like it at Liverpool - Red Rum Wins the National!''

The story of Frankel was as astonishing as any heard before. Sir Henry Cecil's failing health - his talent, ambition and spirit displayed in a wonder horse who would remain unbeaten in fourteen starts. 

This son of Galileo out of a six-times-winning mare, made his debut at Newmarket racing over a mile when beating another very classy two-year-old in Nathaniel by half a length at odds of 7/4f. 

Little did we know then that Khalib Bin Abdullah's colt would progress to be, arguably, the greatest racehorse in the world. 

Fourteen victories, ten at Group one class, total prize earning £1,698 shy of £3M. A remarkable colt who would go to stud with a fee of £175,000. 

Both horses made the world a better place, the latter's offspring racing across the globe and mesmerizing racing fans of every age.

I wonder if somewhere there is a little child who loves his or her racing. They may have a colouring book with Frankel on one page and a dot-to-dot of Red Rum on the next. Below each horse is a little story about their success, the people who loved them and a rainbow high in the sky to be coloured in which ever colour they choose. 

Just like a small boy in 1973 watching the racing on TV with his Dad & Pogle the cat, listening to Sir Peter O'Sullevan shouting the runner's home...

A child, somewhere on planet Earth, is thinking, musing, if not waiting to ask a question. 

The classic mum or dad question.

Silence falls...to be disrupted.

Q) Why didn't Frankel run in the Grand National?

Thursday, 26 November 2020

December Good Tidings; The Betfair Tingle Creek Festival


The first week of December will start just like November ended for horse racing fans and enthusiasts around the world, on a high! The opening weekend of December comes bearing great tidings in the form of the Betfair Tingle Creek Festival, two days of jumo action that has a special twist, as there might be spectators out in the stands. 

The announcement by the UK government to allow limited number of fans and spectators back into some parts of the UK, classified as Tiers 1 and 2, on the 23rd of November, may already feel like Christmas gifts coming early as there just might be a chance of getting the Betfair Tingle Creek Festival into that category. The two-day jump spectacle takes place on the first weekend of December, at the Sandown Park racecourse. The card is a 14-horse affair, with the Henry VIII Novices' Chase on Friday, the first day, and the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase of the second day. All the fun and excitement of the Betfair Tingle Creek Festival will not be amiss in the US, as fans and punters alike can get their fix and even go for a flutter with TVG Oregon, and not miss a beat with a live stream and betting all in the same place.

Once a Grade 2 race, the Henry VIII Novices' Chase has grown in recognition and stature thanks to how much of a springboard it has been for some of the biggest names in horse racing, over the years, such as Decoupage, Racing Démon, and Impek. The caliber of trainers is also a telling point of the grandeur of the race. Paul Nicholls and his 11 victories, including a most recent in 2018 (Dynamite Dollars), after back-to-back wins in 2013 (Hinterland) and 2014 (Vibrato Valtat), holds the record for the most wins. The Henry VIII Novices' Chase is now a Grade 1, 2 mile, National Hunt Steeplechase, for horses 4 years and older, with 13 fences dotting their race to the finish line for a 55,000 GBP prize. 

The second and last day of the race sees the main attraction, the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase, take center stage. 14 horses will compete for the 120,000 GBP purse. Run on turf over a mile and seven furlongs and 119 yards, the Tingle Creek Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt Steeplechase, inaugurated in 1979. Once a Henry VIII Novices' Chase winner, the impressive Altior, who has 15 wins out of 16 chase starts will be the one to watch as the 10-year old prepares to come full circle with the Betfair Tingle Creek Festival. Last year, the horse was limited to just two outings, as Defi du Deuil claimed victory ahead of Un de Sceaux, who will be returning to do one better than last year's finish. Any Paul Nicholls horse deserves some respect and this year, the record man for victories will have four entries, including the highly rated Politologue.

Sunday, 15 November 2020

The Horse Breeds You Should Know For Racing


Horse racing is a practice that has been around for quite some time. It has only been for the past 200 years that people have used the sport as a means of making money through gambling. Speaking of gambling, before we get into the horse breeds specifically, do not forget to check out Sportsbet, who are perfect for the latest horse betting odds and predictions! 

Anyway, back on to horses. You will find that there are many breeds out there that all will provide the different attributes when it comes to horse racing. Some horses run better for longer distances than others, while others are perfect for the quick bursts of energy needed to dart across the finish line. Race horse breeding is a business and many a time, it calls for a pedigree inbreeding to make the perfect horse, as you will see. Continue reading for all the low-down. 

Arabian Horses 

No doubt you have heard of the Arabian horse breed. They are known around the world for having exceptional intellect and emotional disposition that is gentle towards humans. Their physical traits of course include the fact that they have extremely muscular bodies with great stamina. For centuries, Arabian horses were used to race across desserts and long distances, these horses are known for endurance. Going way back in history, many used these beauties for assistance in warfare and trade. Resilience at its finest. 

The Arabian horse also shares really big features. At 61 inches tall, this horse can weigh up to 600 kilograms, which still is not as large as the thoroughbreds though, you will see later on. But this horse is as old as it can possibly get for breeds of horses. You will find that there is no breed that has lived longer than this and quite frankly through horse evolution, this horse has never had to change either, because it is that perfect. 

Thoroughbred Horses 

Of course, horse fanatics everywhere will definitely know of this horse-there is no doubt about that! This horse is the most prominent breed in all of horse racing history, why? Well let’s just say that these horses are really resilient when it comes to owning the racetrack and making it their own. They have been bred however, with some other fine legends of horses, like Arabian, Turkman and Barb. So, essentially you will find that this horse is very new to the world of horses, as it doesn't stand alone and singularity when it comes to bloodline. 

Due to the large mix in the interbreeding process, you will find that this horse actually fares much better than other horses out there. Usually this horse can be as large as 67 inches and weigh up to 1400 pounds too! Along that, their bodies are very muscular and strongly shaped, meaning if anything, they are highly prepared to tackle the racetrack and fly away! A way of characterising this horse amongst others, is to pay attention to the chestnut, black or grey colours, in complexion and coat colour. They really are bred for power and racing results!

Quarter Horse 

This breed takes the name due to being bred directly from the American Quarter horse. This horse is highly recognised within the racing world and if anything, one of the oldest horses that the American region has to offer. Americans favour this horse as it sprints very fast, with top recorded speeds of 89 kilometres per hour. To spot this horse you will need to look out for the strong facial features and pronounced nostrils that it shares. In addition to this, their bodies are very well defined for muscular strength with a powerfully extended and broad chest. Definitely one of the more bulkier horses in stature. 

The height of these horses, usually is below the Thoroughbred, but not too far behind despite it. At 64 inches maximum in height, these horses have coats of bay, grey, brown or black. Again, they are highly popular for usage within the racing world-particularly America, more than anywhere else. This horse is right up there as one of the best around the world. Even the police force and hunting trails use this horse to assist their efforts.

Standardbred Horses 

A Standardbred horse is another fast trotter in the world of racing. Originating in the states, this horse boasts a very powerful body and muscular form that makes it stand out from the rest. They are mainly popular amongst show jumping and equestrian activities too, as their form is perfect for supporting the mass of themselves and the rider who rides. 

This horse is at the top when it comes to tipping the scales, perhaps not so much as the Thoroughbred horses, but still large anyway. At up to 1000 pounds and up to 68 inches tall, a Standardbred can often be taller than the Thoroughbred, and due to weighing less than them, they often are less stocky and leaner built in comparison. That is not to say that they do not have very well-developed muscles, no. This horse draws its power from its broad and powerful shoulders, alongside its strong hindquarters and legs. 

Riders particularly favour this horse over others, due to the discipline and calm nature they share towards humans. They also fare better when it comes to hunting activities especially, they know how to hold the fort and be excellent company to their riders. 

Paint Horse 

Paint horses are another one to add on the list because these beauties are the emblem of America, when it comes to horses. Their beautiful coats are so distinctive that you would have no trouble identifying them when they appear to the naked eye. The appearance is another reason as to why these horses are perfect for show jumping and general show horse events, as they are unmatched when it comes to beauty, talent and intelligence. Their coats are often white patches that are spread across their bodies, mixed with honey and bay colours, they are dominantly known for their beauty and unique nature. There is nothing more beautiful than watching these horses go!

Saturday, 31 October 2020

Frankel Watch: Daddy Frank, Just Held (31st October)


Late October, Newcaslte is the venue. 

Fifteen minutes past five and the Frankel fans are getting excited. It's the Play Ladbrokes 5-A-Side on Football EBF Novice Stakes (Class 5) (2yo) over 7f (14yds) on Standard going. 

John Gosden fields a son of Frankel out of a twice-raced mare [Smart Change] who didn't exactly shine on the track. It's interesting to note this bay colt was a late foal [9th June] in the ownership of John Gunther & Tanya Gunther, a home bred. Race fans will remember the success of Without Parole (pictured) at Royal Ascot's St James' Palace Stakes (Group 1) in 2018, when beating Gustav Klimt by half a length. Connections will be hopeful Without Parole can make an impact as a first-season sire standing at Newsells Park Stud.

Without Parole was similarly sired by Frankel in 2015.     

A ten-strong field of two-year-olds, saw a mixed bag of horses and trainers, with the hot-pot favourite, Komachi, trained by Charlie Appleby for Godolphin. This son of Kingman was a 6/4f when making his debut at Kempton when finishing a creditable third place some three lengths behind Oo De Lally who was something of a surprise when winning on his second start at 125/1. 

Komachi was all the rage in the market starting at 5/6f. However, there was plenty of confidence behind Daddy Frank who was backed from an opening price of 9/2 - 7/2. For much of the race it looked as this Frankel offspring was in need of the race when towards the rear. However, this debutante made good headway 2f out, disputed lead 1f out, ridden and briefly led inside final furlong, headed but kept on towards finish, just held. 

Daddy Frank finished a neck behind Komachi beating the third by three lengths. 

Racing Post Reporter said: Daddy Frank, who's a June foal, is out of a half-sister to the dam of Without Parole, who won in impressive fashion here on his debut for these connections three years ago. He shaped promisingly on his debut, quickening up well into contention before finding the more experienced winner just a bit too strong in the finish. He shouldn't have too much trouble getting off the mark. [Steffan Edwards]

Other two-year-olds sired by Frankel in training with John Gosden include: 

Regent, Senita, Stilleto, Flaunt, Counsel, Social Status, Zagato, Netherton, Franklet, Seventh Kingdom, Side Shot, Restitution, Hopefully Darling & Frinkle, Attendent. 

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Who Are The Leading Contenders For The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf?


Racing fans from around the world will be tuning into the Breeders’ Cup at the beginning of November, as the horse racing season in the United States will be brought to a close. 

The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf is one of the standout races on the opening day of the meeting, as it is run over one mile on a grass course. 

History Of The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf 

This is one of the newer races that has been introduced to the Breeders’ Cup, as it was run for the first time back in 2007. It was immediately a success and was given Grade II status in 2009, before then being upgraded to Grade I status just two years later. 

Last year’s winner of the race was Structor for trainer Chad Brown. The horse was ridden by Jose Ortiz to victory in a time of 1:35.11. 

The most successful jockey in this race is Ryan Moore, who has won the race on three occasions, but Frankie Dettori is fast gaining ground as he has won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on three occasions. 

Aidan O’Brien is the most successful trainer in this race, as he has trained the winning of four previous occasions, with all winners being ridden by Moore. The most recent of their winners was Mendelssohn in 2017. 

Check out the complete list of past winners in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf here: TwinSpires.com/breeders-cup/winners 

Aunt Pearl The Heavy Favourite 

There is already a clear favourite in the betting for this year’s instalment as the Brad Cox-trained horse Aunt Pearl leads the betting. 

The two-year-old has been getting all the attention since making her debut on the track in early September. On that debut run, she won by five lengths from Gam’s Mission in the Maiden Special Weight. 

Aunt Pearl made it two wins from two a month later as she won by two and a half lengths fro, Spanish Loveaffair in the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland. That was the horse’s first step up to Grade 2 level, and there is an expectancy that there is more to come from this two-year-old in this race at the Breeders’ Cup. 

Other Contenders For The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf 

Gamblers may look elsewhere for value in this race, as Aunt Pearl hasn’t yet been truly tested on the racecourse. One of the leading contenders that could be set to push Aunt Pearl all the way is Irish trained horse Campanelle. This will be the two-year-olds fourth appearance on a racetrack. 

The Wesley Ward-trained horse has won on all three previous appearances, with the most recent of those coming in France in the Darley Prix Morny

That Group 1 success would highlight a potential star in the world of racing. This will not be her first appearance in the States either, as she won her maiden race in the Maiden Special Weight at Gulfstream Park back in May this year. She will be the standout contender that is best placed to take on Aunt Pearl. The only other realistic challenger in the betting is Plum Ali, who will come into this race having won her last two. She has won both previous races by two and a quarter length, with the most recent of those coming in the Miss Grillo Stakes at Belmont Park. 

However, this will be a big step up for the Christophe Clement-trained horse, as the two horses at the head of the betting are more highly thought of. So, there is no doubting that Plum Ali will be best placed to challenge for the win should either of the two front runners not be at their very best.

Friday, 16 October 2020

Frankel Watch: Senita Makes it Third Time Lucky at Redcar


After a slightly slow start to the season, John Gosden's two-year-olds have clicked nicely into gear. 

Heading north to Redcar saw Senita, a strapping daughter of Frankel, make her experience count with a impressive victory.  Robert Havlin was all smiles after steering this January foal clear of a field of six opponents taking the Market Cross Jewellers EBF Fillies' Novices Stakes in comfortable fashion by four-and-a-quarter lengths. 

Punters got stuck into this 2/7f, who relished the testing going over this mile trip. 

After being a bridesmaid on her first two starts, connections will be pleased to see this brown filly get a win under her belt and go on to better things. 

Considering she held an entry for the Fillies' Mile Stakes (Group 1) it wasn't a surprise to see her bolt up although punters were probably thinking the same on her second start when she was beaten by William Haggas' Lilac Road when 1/6f. 

Senita was fancied to win on debut when runner-up at Newmarket racing over 7f, when bumping into another talented filly in Charlie Appleby's Danilova. 

K. Abdullah will be pleased to see his filly get her head in front as she hasn't done anything wrong. The dam, Atone, raced just twice for Abdullah, when trained by Sir Michael Stoute, winning by a short head on her second start at Goodwood. 

Senita has matched her mother with an impressive win and a horse who will progress with racing and likley to be running at pattern class sooner than later. 

Good luck to connections. 

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Three Horses That Have Transcended Horse Racing Throughout Their Career


Every sport needs an iconic figure that can take it to the next level. Basketball had Michael Jordan, while football had David Beckham. Horse racing is no exception to that, as there have been horses throughout history that has ensured that the popularity of the sport has been able to sustain itself and grow over time. 

Without horses such as these, there may not even be a sport there for gamblers to love in this present day. But, which horses have had this profound impact on the sport that we all love so dearly? 

Red Rum

There aren’t many horses that come close to the impact that Red Rum had on the sport. In fact, there aren’t many figures that have had such an importance in the history of their respective sports. 

Red Rum was able to have such an impact on horse racing that it helped lift the United Kingdom out of the gloom of a recession and capture the imagination of the whole country. He was able to do that by his performances on the track. Red Rum won back-to-back Grand Nationals in 1973 and 1974. 

That impressive achievement was only equalled for the first time in 2019 as Tiger Roll won the race for the second time in a row. However, the success that stands out more than most was his one in 1977. 

He returned from a second-place finish in the race the year prior to win the National in what is still regarded as one of the greatest moments in the history of the sport.  

American Pharoah 

When it comes to American horses that have achieved the success that Red Rum has it is hard to look past American Pharoah. By the time that the 2015 season got underway, it had been 40 years since there was a Triple Crown winner. No horse had been able to win the Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and the Kentucky Derby

However, that changed with American Pharoah, as the Bob Baffert-trained horse captured the imagination of American fans and increased the popularity of racing in the country. Viewers tuned in to see if he could achieve what many considered to be impossible and Pharoah became as popular as a football star in the NFL odds spread

It wasn’t just being able to capture the Triple Crown that caught the attention, but how dominant he was. He won the Belmont Stakes by an astonishing five and a half lengths. Further history awaited as he became the first horse to win a Grand Slam after success in the Breeder’s Cup Classic in his final race. 

He retired in 2015 but has a race named after him, the American Pharoah Stakes, that serves as a preparatory race for the Kentucky Derby.

Winx 

While Red Rum and American Pharoah both endured setbacks throughout their career, which made them beloved. Winx was a winning machine that gamblers and neutrals just tuned in to watch. Winx will remain the most dominant horse in the history of Australian racing, and he accumulated total winnings of AUD$ 26 million.

His dominance was honoured in 2017 as he was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame, in doing so, he became the first horse to achieve that honour while still in training.

Winx’s dominance was highlighted by the fact that he won 33 consecutive races, which also included 25 straight Group 1 successes. The last of those came in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, which was the third time that he had won that race. He also won four W.S Cox Plate’s, three Apollo Stakes and four Chipping Norton Stakes throughout his illustrious career. There will never be a horse quite like Winx in Australia ever again. 

Here you have it, 3 horses that made history. Which one did we miss?

Sunday, 4 October 2020

Frankel Watch 2020: Harlem Soul Ready to Roll (5th October)


Another week - another Frankel.

Will he be a star?  Only time will tell. If Mark Johnston has anything to do with proceedings, them Harlem Soul will be raring to go. 

Mark Johnston is no stranger to two-year-old winners at Pontefract and especially debutantes who can often hit the target. 

Harlem Soul is a chestnut colt out of a two-time winning mare, Giants Play.  She raced from 2009 - 11, starting her career with Sir Micheal Stoute and concluded in the United States with Christopher Clement. Achieving a win in the UK and States, a career of just twelve races saw an additional six placed efforts. A highest official rating on 96 and total prize earning of £99, 505 detail a fair horse. 

Harlem Soul was bred by Newsells Park Stud, sold to Teme Valley costing 130,000 guineas at the Tattersalls Yearling Sales. 

This February foal could well start favourite when competing in a seven-horse race at Pontefract over 1m 2f on soft going, ridden by Silvestre De Sousa.

Owners Teme Valley have already been successful with Gear Up (pictured), a two-year-old trained at Kingsley Park, who has proven a very talented juvenile. This son of Teofilo won his first two starts at York. In fact, his second start proved successful at Group 2 Class when taking the Acomb Stakes by half a length. Far from disgraced in fourth place - losing by two-and-a-half lengths - in the Royal Lodge Group 2. 

If Harlem Soul can achieve those heights, connections will be very happy. 

For those of you who are interested in Mark Johnston's 2yo Frankel offspring, then you will be pleased to see he has more bright talents at Kingsley Park Stables. 

Chase The Dollar

Polar Fleece 

Reams Of Love 

Fragrant Storm 

King Frankel 

Good luck to connections.

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Frankel Watch 2020: Barn Owl Coming Home to Roost for Charlton (30th September)


Taking a look at today's two-year-old racing. 

The eye is drawn to the 6:00 Kempton - 1m Unibet/British Stallion Stud EBF Stakes (Class 2) (2yo).

By all accounts, it looks a competitive heat with a large field of juveniles, headed by Charlie Appleby's Siskany, who made a fine introduction at Sandown two-weeks ago, when finishing fifth. 

If the betting is to be believed, this is a four-cornered affair with Siskany, Siam Fox, Landing System and Barn Owl in the mix. 

Roger Charlton's Barn Owl is worthy of closer inspection as this son of Frankel, out of the eight-time-winning mare Thistle Bird, was well backed on debut in July at Newbury when finishing 9th of fifteen. Racing over 7f, that was a pretty hot race, although I'm sure connections were expecting more from their bay colt. 

In the ownership of Nat Rothschild, this well-bred colt is stepping up to a mile and after a seventy-four day absence should be primed. In ways he has a similar profile to his half-brother, Bullfinch, similarly owned and trained, who disappointed on debut at Newbury when priced 5/1, before winning in sparkling fashion on his second start. 

The mare, Thistle Bird (pictured), was a very good racehorse who raced 20 times, achieved 8 wins and unplaced on just six occasions in a career which saw her conclude a lucrative four seasons with a Group 1 success winning the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh, racing over 1m 2f. An official rating of 116 and total prize earnings of £359,443 detail a very classy horse. 

Barn Owl didn't have much go right for him on debut when racing prominently but hampered in the closing stages which put pay to any live hope of winning. 

Roger Charlton will be expecting more from this March foal today and even though a competitive race, should go well and be battling for the win. 

Other 2YO Frankel offspring trained by Roger Charlton include:

Quilted 

Palafou

Victory Roll 

Keeper

Dalma 

Beheld (winner on debut)

Good luck to connections.

Thistle Bird Winning Pretty Polly Stakes (Group 1)