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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 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 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 DΓ©mon, 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: 

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.


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)

Thistle Bird winning the Pretty Polly Stakes (Group 1)
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:



Victory Roll 



Beheld (winner on debut)

Good luck to connections.

Thistle Bird Winning Pretty Polly Stakes (Group 1) 

Sunday, 27 September 2020

Frankel Watch: Fabilis Wins at Nottingham for Ralph Beckett (27th September)

Two-year-old Frankel offspring have been in flying form this season and Fabilis (pictured) is proving a quality horse after winning his last two starts. 

This son of Frankel out of a four-time-winning mare [Mirabilis] was fancied to go well on his debut at Newbury when racing over 7f, back in August, finishing a creditable sixth on rain-softened ground. 

However, this April foal proved all the rage when heavily backed on his second start at Chepstow, when opposing Il Bandito, who looked a pretty stern challenger after showing ample ability on his two previous starts. Fabilis' supporters were buoyant as this bay colt finished with purpose winning in comfortable fashion. 

An official rating of 82 looked quite a stiff mark, but connections must have considered it an alternative route and stepping up to a trip of one mile and half a furlong a positive as the 13/8f (drifting from 5/4) made all, if not a touch keen, staying on well to hold the late challenge of State Patrol by one length. 

Racing in the Frankel silks [K. Abdullah], ridden by William Buick, this was a smart performance for the colt who looks to have a good future ahead of him and very well placed by Ralph Beckett. 

It would be no surprise to see him stepping up in trip and to pattern class next year if not this. 

William Buick said: ''Fabilis kept going well and the step up in trip suited him. He's got plenty of stamina in his pedigree and looking at him I'm sure he'll improve next year as well.''

See Fabilis Full Result on Racing Post

Other two-year-old Frankel offspring for Ralph Beckett include: 


Saturday, 19 September 2020

Frankel Watch: Fivethousandtoone Runner-Up in Mill Reef Stakes (Group 2)

Andrew Balding's two-year-old Frankel offspring did Kingsclere proud when finishing runner-up to Alkumait at Newbury when contending the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (Group 2). 

Racing in the familiar silks of King Power Racing Co Ltd, this strapping son of Frankel started 5/2f to beat an eight-strong field. 

Travelling powerfully, Fivethousandtoone ran on well to dual out the finish with Marcus Tregoning's Alkumait who looked a touch inexperienced but finished with great gusto to deny the Balding team who hoped to win the race named after Mill Reef who was similarly trained at Kingsclere in the ownership of Paul Mellon and trained by Ian Balding. He proved an exceptional colt winning major races from 1970 - 1972, including the Epsom Derby (1972). 

The Mill Reef Stakes (Group 2) was inaugurated in 1972. 

Fivethousandtoone lost little in defeat losing by three-quarters of a length, but leaving the third horse Rhythm Master some two-and-three-quarter lengths behind in third. 

See the full result here.

It's most likely Fivethousandtoone will be earmarked for the Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1) that takes place on Saturday 10th October 2020. 

Good luck to connections.

Photo: Bahrain Pride beats Fivethousandtoone on debut at Windsor 

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Frankel Colt Fivethousandtoone Wins in Style at Odds-On

Andrew Balding has been in great form with his two-year-olds this season and I know he has at least one Frankel offspring in the ranks at Kingsclere Stables. As it happens, he has at least one other Frankel offspring named Spirit Mixer, bred by Littleton Stud. 

Fivethousandtoone is a bay colt sired by Frankel out of a two-time winning mare, including a Listed race success. 

This colt cost a fair sum at 475,000 guineas and was clearly held in high regard when starting his career at Windsor when priced 5/6f. As with s many good horses, bumped into another rare talented when held by Bahrain Price, trained by Simon Crisford, who has since run out a very easy winner of the Ripon Two-Year-Old Trophy. I can image Balding and the owners King Power Racing Co Ltd must have been surprised if not disappointed by this initial loss but were certain a win would be coming soon. 

That was the story when this February foal headed to Newcastle on the 3rd September, racing over six furlongs, this strapping colt was priced 1/2f and fairly sauntered home winning by an easy four lengths. 

Connections have big plans for the son of Frankel and he is earmarked for the Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1) a race Andrew Balding is yet to win in his training career. He would love to emulate the success of his father who was successful with Dashing Blade back in 1989, in the familiar silks of Jeff Smith, ridden by John Matthias.

There is little doubt Fivethousandtoone will be competing at Group class and by all accounts will be competitive at that level. 

Who knows, come Saturday 10th October 2020, Frankel may follow in the hoof steps of Pinatubo, Too Darn Hot, U S Navy Flag, Churchill, Air Force Blue Belardo, War Command, Dawn Approach, Parish Hall... 

And for the biggest winner of them all Frankel who won the Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1) in 2010. 

Good luck to connections. 

Monday, 24 August 2020

Kentucky Derby 2020 Betting: 9 Horses Might Turn The Tide This September

The Churchill Downs is taking its final shape as the 146th renewal of the Kentucky Derby will take place this September 5, 2020. Remember that last year, the Derby ended its most controversial version by disqualifying a real winner. Today, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Run For The Roses is looking to vindicate its prestige.

Like the Kentucky Derby's past versions, the huge favorites are always leading the pack of getting the most number of bets from fans. However, some underdogs are upset in the ranking and can come out winners after the competition. It proves that the Derby is anyone's game, and if the colt displays optimum toughness, he can win regardless if he's an underdog. 

The Derby today is making way for twenty participants to compete. You might have seen in many horse racing platforms about the horses who were huge favorites. However, as you bet the Kentucky Derby race, there is always room to consider the underdogs, which can help you earn more when they win. Here are the horses that might change the game's course in this year's Kentucky Derby race. 


Garnering at least 46-Derby points, Enforceable has currently earned a total of $314,550 since his birth. This colt is trained by Mark E. Casse and owned by John C. Oxley. He has competed in many stakes races since last year, including the Lecomte Stakes (1st), Risen Star Stakes (2nd), Blue Grass Stakes (4th), and Louisiana Derby (5th). 


With non-restricted stakes earnings of $108,000, Rushie is also taking a spot in the Derby in the next two weeks. He has tallied at least 40-Derby qualifying points and completed several significant Derby trails. Last June, he ended third place in the Santa Anita Derby and placed the same spot in the Blue Grass Stakes. 

Major Fed 

Major Fed is also another entry to the Derby this year, earning around 38 Derby-qualifying points. Looking into his bankroll, he had saved non-restricted earnings of $179,100 and achieved several horse racing placements. He placed second in the Risen Star Stakes, fourth in the Louisiana Derby, tenth in Matt Winn Stakes, and second in the Indiana Derby. 

Storm The Court 

Storm The Court has the biggest inconsistencies in the Derby odds ranking but managed to still participate in the Derby. He now earned 36-Derby points with $1,273,850 current earnings. Some of his achievements were the Ohio Derby (3rd), Arkansas Derby (6th), San Vicente Stakes (4th), and San Felipe Stakes (3rd). 

Attachment Rate

Tallying at least $93,675 earnings and 35-Derby points, Attachment Rate will surely be in the quest for this year's Run For The Roses. This colt is trained by Dale Romans and has placed second in the recently concluded Runhappy Ellis Park Derby. His other achievements include the Gotham Stakes (3rd place), Matt Winn Stakes (4th), and Blue Grass Stakes (5th). 

Sole Volante

After his 6th place accomplishment in the Belmont Stakes, Sole Volante has secured a spot in the Derby and stocked $275,510 in earnings. He also garnered 30-Derby points and tallied significant accomplishments, such as the Tampa Bay Derby (2nd), Sam F. Davis Stakes (1st), and Pulpit Stakes (1st). 

Finnick The Fierce

Finnick The Fierce will also have his stint to the Derby after earning 25-qualifying points in the trail, which led him to earn $121,700. He is trained by Rey Hernandez and ridden by Jose Ortiz. Finnick The Fierce has also accomplished six racing games, including a 7th place in the Blue Grass Stakes, 3rd in the Arkansas Derby, 4th in Lecomte Stakes, and 7th in the Risen Star Stakes. 

Winning Impression

Garnering 20-Derby points in all trails, Winning Impression has earned $54,822 total earnings since his birth. He placed both in the 7th place after participating in the Indiana Derby and Runhappy Ellis Park Derby. Moreover, he was the third placer at the Arkansas Derby held last May 2, 2020. 

Necker Island

Completing the list of the Derby participants this year is Necker Island. He earned 14-Derby points with a total of $74, 8080 earnings. He had saddled up in many stakes races since his birth and earned several accomplishments. Some of these were at the Runhappy Ellis Park Derby (3rd place), Indiana Derby (3rd place), Matt Winn Stakes (5th place), and Gotham Stakes (5th place). 


Like the huge favorites in the upcoming Kentucky Derby, the underdogs should not be undervalued as the scorecard is still equal and will only change when the race begins. It doesn't mean that the horse with the lowest odds value cannot blossom when he remains tough until the finish line. 

Therefore, with the list of underdog racehorses above, you can see that they have also accomplished significant racing events. One of them might beat the big favorites this 2020 Kentucky Derby. All we can do is wait until the race commences.

Sunday, 16 August 2020

Roger Charlton Double-Handed with Frankel 2yos at Newbury

It's always exciting to see the new two-year-old Frankel offspring making their debut and we have a couple doing just that today. 

Make sure you watch the 1:15 Newbury - The Unibet Thanks To Frontline Workers EBF Fillies' Novice Stakes (Plus10/GBB Race) (Class 5) (2yo). 

This straight 7f race takes place on good to soft going. 

So who are the Frankel fillies? 

Firstly, we have Beheld in the familiar Frankel silk [K Abdullah] in training with Roger Charlton. 

This chestnut daughter of Frankel - February foal - is out the mare Tendu who raced six times for Abdullah in training with John Gosden. She won easily on her second start at Kempton [2014] and concluded her two-year-old season when beaten into 5th place by Tiggy Wiggly in the Cheveley Park Stakes (Group 1). 

She raced three times as a three-year-old. Finished second behind Limato at Ascot, lost by a neck on her second outing at three at Listed class and down the field when heading to Royal Ascot to compete in the Common Wealth Cup (Group 1). 

She achieved an official rating of 107. Total earning of £34, 293. 

Beheld is fancied in the betting [5/2f] and it would be no surprise to see her run a big race on debut and hold high hope of racing at pattern class this season. 

Palafou is also trained by Roger Charlton in the familiar silks of Nick Bradley Racing 38. The Bradley syndication has done well this season with a number of talented two-year-olds and this daughter of Frankel is worthy of note. 

Dandalla & Fev Rover have been flying high for connections. 

This bay filly is an April foal out of the mare Palimony who raced twice for David Lanigan in the ownership of Bjorn Nielsen. 

Palafou was a pretty expensive yearling purchase at 110,000g. 

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Good luck to connection. 

Exciting times. 

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

A Selection of 2YO Frankel Offspring Ready to Roll

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

David Simcock has a Frankel named Stour

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

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

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

Saturday, 25 July 2020

A Busy Saturday for High-Profile Frankel Two-Year-Olds (2YO)

What an exciting day. 

Today we have four potentially smart Frankel two-year-olds making their debut.

Amazingly, three are contesting the same race: 1:15 Ascot. 

The 7f Betfred Supports Jack Berry House British Fillies' Novices Stakes (Plus 10/GGB Race) (Class 5) (2YO).

These three well-regarded fillies will be making their mark this season and it would be no surprise to see one of these talents winning today. 

Snow Lantern

Many readers will remember Richard Hannon's star filly, Sky Lantern, won impressively on debut and carved out a career of winning at the highest level. In a career of 16 races, she won 6 and finished runner up  4 times. 

Highlights include:

The Moyglare Stakes (Group 1)
English 1000 Guineas (Group 1)
Coronation Stakes (Group 1) 
Sun Chariot Stakes (Group 1)

Snow Lantern is a grey daughter of Frankel, a March foal, in the ownership of Rockcliffe Stud. 

Zabeel Queen

This bay daughter of Frankel is out of the mare Dubai Queen, a winning who raced at listed class when in training with Luca Cumani and similarly owned by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum. This homebred is in training with Roger Varian and already hold an entry for the Moyglare Stakes (Group 1). 

Light Refrain

This well-bred daughter of Frankel is in the ownership of Her Majesty The Queen. The mare was similarly owned and trained by William Haggas. This January foal may be the first Frankel bred by the Queen. 

In addition, we have a very exciting horse in training with Charlie Appleby, racing at Newmarket. 

Dhahabi -

This a bay colt and son of Frankel out of the mare Fleche D'or and he is a half-brother to Derby winner Golden Horn (pictured). This March foal cost a wallet-busting 3.1 Million guineas.

What a day of Frankels we have to look forward to. 

Saturday, 11 July 2020

Frankel Watch 2020: James Ferguson's Francesco Guardi Led Final Strides

Frankel Watch 2020: James Ferguson's Francesco Guardi Led Final Strides
James Ferguson may be a new trainer on the block but it didn't take him any time to shine. 

Based at Saville House Stables, St Mary's Square, Newmarket, Suffolk, this talented trainer has literally hit the ground running. 

Today, he put the icing on the cake with a classy colt two-year-old making the headlines. 

This fresh-faced handler is no stranger to success serving alongside Sir Mark Prescott and Jessica Harrington before taking his licence and showing his peers how it is done. 

Many trainers have to wait for a lifetime to get the opportunity to train a Frankel offspring, but this cool-headed rookie has achieved that mantle in the first year. Not only that, but he also proved the point by winning on debut. 

Francesco Guardi looks an exciting prospect for the team. This bay son of Frankel, out of a French-winning mare showed his class when getting up in the dying strides at Salisbury (5:05) to collar John Gosden's hot favourite Lost In Space who held a lead until Hector Crouch made a late dash for victory. 

Racing in the familiar silks of owners The 4letterfirstnames & Ballylinch Stud, this 200,000 guinea yearling purchase looked green and in need of the experience on his racecourse bow. However, raw talent saw this March foal keep on strongly in the closing stages to lead in his final strides winning by a head. 

Francesco Guardi beat eleven opponents in a driving finish priced at odds of 9/1. 

Interestingly, Kieran Fallon, who rides most of the work on this impressive colt, told Ferguson that he would be hard to beat on debut. 

Congratulations to connection and good look for the future. This Frankel two-year-old is going places. 

Did you know Francesco Guardi was a famous Italian painter?