Tuesday, 13 August 2019

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

Frankel Blog loves to keep its readers informed. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, 9 August 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Melnikova is a homebred and March foal. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, 4 August 2019

A Winning Day Back in 1988

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

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

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

Sadly Dad passed away in 1998. 

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

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

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

It was the 7th June 1988. 

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

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

I remember this day. 

The race was 3:45 Yarmouth - 

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

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

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

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

A day to remember. 

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

Friday, 26 July 2019

4 Roger Varian Frankel 2yos for 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Let's take a quick look at them:


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

Valriyan Steel

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

Queen Daenerys

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

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

Unnamed - 

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

Related stories: 5 Frankel 2yos to Follow in 2019

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Frankel Watch: 4 Frankel 2yos to Tantalise

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

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

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

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

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


1:45 Sandown - 

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


1:50 Ascot - 

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

2:10 Thirsk - 

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

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


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

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

Good luck to connections.

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

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

They say knowledge is power.

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

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

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

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

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

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

I would be lost without this data. 

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

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

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

Always here to help.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck to connections. 

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

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

The Frankel 2yos for 2019 are hotting up.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click to see the races Unresolved has entries

Good luck to connections.  

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

Sunday, 14 July 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Great news!!!!

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

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

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

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

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

Lovely won on debut for Alpinista

Watch the Race Here

#Alpinista #horseracing #sirmarkprescott

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Frankel Watch: Frankel Hopes Step Up for Superlative Stakes at Newmarket

Juan Elcano trained by Kevin Ryan [Frankel 2yo]
Looking forward to Newmarket this Saturday. 

Plenty of horse racing fans will be anticipating the Darley July Cup Stakes (Group 1), which is part of the British Champions Series. Martyn Meade's Advertise is priced 11/4f for a winner's prize of £285,550. 

For two-year-old racing enthusiasts, the bet365 Superlative Stakes (Group 2) will be something to savour. 

This Class 1 race has a rich heritage. Taking place on the July Course at Newmarket over 7f. Formerly known as the Bernard van Custom Stakes, named after a successful racehorse breeder and trainer who died in 1975.  He trained many talented horses including High Top who won the 2,000 Guineas in 1972. 

The race was named the Superlative Stakes in 1991. It honours Superlative, the winner of the July Stakes in 1983. 

Originally holding Listed status this race was upgraded to Group 3 in 2003, then to its present lofty standing in 2006. 

The Superlative Stakes saw jockeys Steve Cauthen and Pat Eddery win the race fours times (since 1986). 

Sir Henry Cecil made this race his own with 9 wins spanning 1986 - 2000. Probably the best of the lot Be My Chief, who won in 1989. He went on to win the Racing Post Trophy in the same year. 

A number of exceptional horses have won this race before going on to prove star performers. 

In 2004, Dubai won for Saeed bin Suroor, ridden by Frankie Dettori. He went on to win the Irish 2,000 Guineas. 

The greatest success of them all being Olympic Glory in 2012, trained by Richard Hannon Jr. and ridden by Richard Hughes. Awarded equal top-rated British two-year-old 2012 and World top-rated three-year-old colt 2013. 

Last year saw Charlie Appleby's Quorto win ''very readily'' by over three lengths, ridden by William Buick. Quorto went on the finish his two-year-old season with a hattrick of wins when tasting victory at the Curragh in the National Stakes (Group 1). 

This year's race is all the more intriguing for Frankel Blog with not one but two Frankel-sired two-year-olds declared to run. 

Kevin Ryan's Juan Eclano hasn't been seen for over a month since winning on debut at Haydock by a neck when starting 6/4f. This chestnut son of Frankel is priced 8/1. 

Mark Johnston has *Fred who proved a disappointment on debut when made favourite but finished last. However, this small son of Frankel proved that initial support wasn't misjudged when he led all the way at Leicester to hold on by an outstretched nose. 

Charlie Appleby fields King's Command for Godolphin who is 5/2f. 

*Just eight runners with Fred being omitted at the final declaration stage.   

The Superlative Stakes (group 2) takes place on Saturday 13th July, 2:55 Newmarket on the July Course over 7f. 

Good luck to all connections.  

Monday, 8 July 2019

Frankel Watch: Frankel's Storm Ready to Roll in for Mark Johnston

Frankel Watch 2019: Frankel's Storm (2yo) Mark Johnston in the ownership of Nick Bradley Racing 13I must apologise for the lack of recent updates. I've been busy working on the two-year-old horse racing which is my priority and then travelled From the Fens to West Palm Beach, Florida. I'll be staying here for the next couple of months. 

Good to get back to the Frankel Blog. 

Exciting times for horse racing syndicate Nick Bradley Racing 13. These racing silks have been blessed with a number of very talented horses over the years. I can imagine this syndicate are particularly hopeful as they get to grips with a Frankel two-year-old (2yo). 

Frankel's Storm is a bay filly, born on the 14th February 2017. She is out of a three-time winning mare Gale Force who was trained by James Fanshawe, owned and bred by T G R Vesty.  Her final race concluded with a Listed victory at Saint-Cloud, France. She raced just 11 times in her career. She enjoyed a test of stamina and testing ground conditions racing over 1m 2f - 2m. The highest class of competition being Group 2. An official rating 96 detailed a class horse. 

Readers may remember we noted another Mark Johnston-trained Frankel two-year-old, Fred, who disappointed on debut but then went on to win at Leicester with a gutsy front-running display to hang on by a nose.  

Looking at the two-year-old crop on Juddmonte Stallions, Mark Johnston has, at present, four Frankel two-year-olds in his care. 

  • Fred
  • Unnamed bay colt out of Lamar bred by Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd
  • Unnamed bay colt out of Riberac bred by Mr & Mrs G Middlebrook

Frankel's Storm was bred by Normandie Stud from Watership Down Stud. She was purchased by Nick Bradley/Mark Johnston at Tattersalls October Yearling Sale (Book 1) for 130,000 guineas. [11th October 2018, Lot 382].   

Considering the stallion fee for Frankel is set at £175,000 this looks a very good buy. 

Frankel's Storm is entered to race at Newmarket (1:50) on Saturday, in the Rossdales British EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes (Plus 10) (7f). 

Click here to see the race declarations

At present, there are 23 horse declared with a maximum of 20 runners on the day (it will be significantly less on the day of the race).

Update: Great to see Frankel's Storm is one of 8 two-year-olds making the line-up. Nick Bradley's filly has been made favourite [3/1] so clearly expecting a bold show. 

Wins easily on the third start at Carlisle. (Well done). 

Good luck to connections. 

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Frankel Watch 2019: Heaven Forfend Heads to Chesham Stakes for Sir Michael Stoute

Arthur Kitt wins Chesham Stakes Listed Race 2018
Exciting times. 

The first UK Frankel two-year-old of the 2019 Flat season is dipping his toe into pattern class by competing in the Chesham Stakes (Listed race) at Royal Ascot. 

Heaven Forfend is a bay son of Frankel out of the dam Heaven Sent. She was similarly owned (Cheveley Park Stud) and trained. A five-time winner, twice at Group 3, placed at Group 1. She achieved the highest official rating of 114 with total prize money of £362,08. 

It's interesting to note that Sir Michael Stoute has 10 Frankel two-year-olds in training for the 2019 season. 

Heaven Forfend is a good-looking bay colt, born in the month of May. He is homebred in the ownership of Cheveley Park Stud. He made his debut back in May when made 7/2f racing over 6f at Newbury. He ran a sterling race from a wide draw, putting down a stiff challenge to John Gosden's Light Angel, who finished unplaced in the Coventry Stakes (Group 2). 

There was a lot to like about the debut performance of Heaven Forfend who was beaten less than two lengths.  

The Chesham Stakes Listed race takes place on Saturday 22nd June, Heaven Forfend is one of 17 entrants. Priced at odds of 16/1, he is being ridden by Oisin Murphy. 

This race is run over 7f. Named after the 3rd Baron of Chesham. it used to be run over 6f but extended to 7f in 1996. It is legible to horses by sires who won over 1 mile 11/2 furlong or further. 

Since 1984, a number of high-profile trainers have won this race. In recent years, a couple of very talented juvenile won and went on to the highest class. These include Aidan O'Brien's Maybe (2011) & Churchill (2016). 

Churchill, a son of Galileo, went on to win the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas. Named Cartier Champion Two-year-old & Top-rated European two-year-old 2016. 

The 2018 Chesham Stakes Listed Race was won by Tom Dascombe's Arthur Kitt. 

Frankie Dettori has won the most time with four victories since 1986 Central Park (1997), Rhapsodist (1998), Seba (2001) & Tha'ir (2012). 

Paul Cole & Aidan O'Brien have trained the most winners of the Chesham Stakes with four winners each since 1986. 

Sir Michael Stoute has never won the Chesham Stakes. 

Good luck to connections. 

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Frankel Watch 2019: Shammah Shines at Windsor for Richard Hannon

Frankel Watch: Shammah Shines at Windsor
Readers may have noticed we have given a good few column inches to Frankel offspring this season. 

That's what you would expect from a website/blog dedicated to Frankel two-year-olds of the highest order. 

We mentioned Shammah in a couple of articles, half anticipating a win. However, this daughter of Frankel out of the dam Biscaya Bay, a French-winning mare, who raced up to Group 3, has finally come good. 

Anyway, it was third time lucky for this bay filly who won impressively at Windsor when stepping back to 5f. This March foal ran well on debut when competing in the Simon & Nerys Dutfield Memorial Stakes at Salisbury. She finished third behind Andrew Balding's Symbolize, who competed at Royal Ascot. 

The second start saw Shammah race at Kempton over 6f. A wide draw didn't help her cause as jockey Sean Levey got to the rail but in the process she ran much too freely and, therefore, struggled to finish the race, tiring rapidly in the final furlong to finish eighth of twelve. 

On the 17th of June, Shammah left the opposition trailing some five-lengths behind with an all-the-way victory at Windsor. The drop back to the minimum trip proved a positive move and race comments ''very comfortably'' detail a smart performance on good to soft going. 

Richard Hannon had considered this talented juvenile for the Hilary Needler Trophy Stakes, but connections bypassed that competitive heat. Owner Sheikh Abdullah Almalek Alsabah will no doubt be hoping for future successes. 

Juddmonte Farms said: ''Shammah the latest 2YO winner for Frankel, very impressive over 5f''.

The Mighty Frankel   

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

2 Frankel 2yos for Michael Bell in 2019 Season

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

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

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

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

Festive Love is worth watching this season. 

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

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

Friday, 14 June 2019

Frankel Watch: Frankel Racing Tips

Frankel Racing Tips
Searching for Google keywords. 

It's the only way to keep ahead of the game. You will notice that Frankel Blog is top of the tree for many keywords because we write quality articles about the best two-year-olds (2yo) before they make their debut. We have detailed many juveniles from stables big and small. 

Take a look at these two articles: 

5 Frankel 2yos to Follow in 2019 

To a real powerhouse of a stable - Sir Michael Stoute, at Freemason Lodge Stables. 

10 Sir Michael Stoute Frankel 2yos for 2019 

There is much to look forward to. That's why we love to detail the best-thoroughbred Frankel offspring each and every Flat season. It is a sad fact that there is very few websites/blogs dedicated to Frankel offspring/progeny in the horse racing setting. Y  

You see plenty of words from Juddmonte Farms, who, rightfully, exclaim the triumphs of Frankel winners of all ages. There are lots to be excited about and we love to hear their news because they literally have their finger on the pulse. 

But what about a website/blog dedicated to Frankel Racing Tips. That would be something special. I'm not sure if any horse racing tipsters do this specifically. I very much doubt they do - just part of a wave of tips: the good, bad and ugly. 

However, Frankel Blog never sits back and watches the world go by. For that reason, we will be giving a few Frankel Racing Tips. They will be specific to Frankel 2yo racing because we know it pays to specialise within a niche. 

Just like Sir Henry Cecil, he was a master of his trade not the Jack of all trades. 

So if you want the best information about Frankel offspring and winners then take a look at Frankel Blog. 

Thanks for your support. 

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Frankel Watch 2YO: William Haggas With Reason to Rave about Frankel

Every horse trainer wants a piece of the Frankel pie.

We've seen the great and good owning Frankel offspring. We have only to look at the horse trainers who have a Frankel two-year-old (2yo) in their mitts. I couldn't be more pleased to see Ilka Gansera-Leveque has a bay colt called Amtiyaz stabled at Saint Wendreds in Newmarket, Suffolk. I'm sure this son of Frankel resides in a box with a golden door, a perfectly luxurious home padded, if not plumped, with cotton wool. He is fed parma violets giving him not only the sweetest, freshest breath but a bright mauve tongue to blow raspberries at passing visitors who dare to mention the f-word (Frankel, if your mind wandered to the word F...rankfurter).

You can tell I love my purple prose. 

Who wouldn't want to paint a dreamy world for this exciting sire's progeny?

Everything we say and do is written With Reason. Which, aptly, is the name of a Frankel-sire filly in the ownership of Mr & Mrs G Middlebrook, in training with William Haggas. We detailed a while back that the Newmarket maestro (not sure why we used an Italian word for such a very English man) has at least five Frankel two-year-olds in training at Somerville Lodge. 

You can read the article here: 5 Frankel 2yos for William Haggas in 2019  

With Reason is a Frankel-sired filly, March foal, out of the dam Eminently, who is similarly owned by the Middlebrooks, in training back in 2012, trained by Richard Hannon. She raced just four times over six furlongs, winning on her second start in the mud at Haydock, finishing unplaced at Listed class next start, achieving an official rating of just 71.   

Exciting times at many stables with these hypnotic equine beasts which fly up the gallops and bewitch those who play with words. 

Good luck to all who train a Frankel two-year-old in 2019.