Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Roger Charlton Frankel 2YO Offspring for 2020

Roger Charlton Frankel 2YO Offspring for 2020
With the Coronavirus stopping horse racing in its tracks this is a time to consider the future of horse racing in the United Kingdom. 

We can look ahead with doon and gloom or with optimism and hope for brighter days. 

Don't forget Frankel offspring 2020 is racing up the gallops for their day in the sun. We hope to God that day is sooner rather than later. 

Frankel Blog will be keeping you informed of this year's two-year-old crop. For that reason, we will be looking at Roger Charlton's two-year-olds for this Flat turf season 2020. 

Here is a list of Roger Charlton's 2yos:

Name          Sex             DOB        Breeder 

Ludisia      [bay filly]     [22nd Feb]  [Juddmonte Farms Ltd] 

Quilted      [bay filly]     [19th April][Juddmonte Farms Ltd]

Palafou      [bay filly]     [3rd April] [Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd]

Victory Roll [bay colt]      [6th Feb]   [Merry Fox Stud Ltd]

Keeper       [bay colt]      [19th April][Juddmonte Farms (East) Ltd

Unnamed      [bay filly]     [15th May]  [Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd]

Beheld       [chestnut filly][21st Feb]  [Juddmonte Farms (East) Ltd

Barn owl     [bay colt]      [5th May]   [Rothchild, The Rt Hon Lord]

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Tom Queally open to Cheltenham offers

Tom Queally open to Cheltenham offers.

The Cheltenham Festival is not the obvious place to find Frankel’s regular rider but Tom Queally would dearly love to ride at the top National Hunt meeting. The 35-year-old obtained a National Hunt licence to ride for his brother Declan. They successfully teamed up to win at Tramore with Owenacurra Lass in the New Year and Queally would love a ride in the Cheltenham Champion Bumper. 

Queally impresses on 9-1 winner.

Owenacurra Lass was by no means “expected” when winning her maiden hurdle at odds of 9-1. Queally impressed on the mare, tracking the leader before kicking on from the second last to win by a length and three-quarters. He beat National Hunt racing’s rising star Rachael Blackmore on Tune The Chello. Owenacurra Lass was well beaten in a valuable Leopardstown hurdle next time but her victory has sparked a dream for Queally to ride at the Festival. 

The Champion Bumper was won by leading flat jockey Jamie Spencer aboard Pizarro in 2002. He had to survive a lengthy stewards’ enquiry into possible interference with the well-backed runner-up Rhinestone Cowboy before being declared the winner. Queally was twice successful in the hurdle race for flat jockeys at Lingfield and has also schooled for Gary Moore. He is open to offers for Cheltenham but his main priority remains the flat. 

Tiger Roll among Cheltenham declarations.

The progeny of Frankel are yet to make their mark at the top jumps fixture, although it is over two years since Solo Saxophone gave him his first winner over hurdles. Dan Skelton trained that horse to finish sixth in the Fred Winter Hurdle at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival. Commentariolus was another son of Frankel to score over hurdles, winning a Fairyhouse maiden hurdle in 2018 for Gordon Elliott. 

Elliott will be one of the busiest men at the Cheltenham Festival this year but one horse stands out above all others. Dual Grand National winner Tiger Roll has been confirmed for the Cross Country Chase on day 2. He has won the race for the past two seasons on the way to Aintree and it is all systems go for his hat-trick bid. 

The excellent website provides expert analysis and tips for Cheltenham Festival 2020. The long-established racing forum encourages intelligent debate on all the top racing issues. There are detailed statistics for leading trainers and jockeys and all the information you need to assess the top Cheltenham races. 

Altior chasing third Champion Chase victory.

Another horse that will have the crowd on their feet is Altior in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. His record-breaking run of 19 successive victories came to an end at Ascot in November. Trainer Nicky Henderson blamed himself for that defeat and the horse looked as good as ever when back to his optimum trip at Newbury next time. He is seeking a third successive Champion Chase and a fifth Festival victory in a row. 

French-bred horses currently head the market for the Champion Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup. Epatante will be difficult to beat in the Champion if she can reproduce her excellent run in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton. Al Boum Photo defends his Gold Cup crown while Frodon (Ryanair Chase) and Paisley Park (Stayers’ Hurdle) will also bid to repeat their 2019 victories. The meeting runs from 10th to 13th March with the first five races televised live on ITV each day. 

By Harvey Mayson

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

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.  

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Frankel Offspring for 2020 Flat Turf Season

It's a New Year!

You know what that means? Lots of resolutions to visit Frankel Horse Racing Blog! Perhaps, for a few diehards that will be the case. One thing you can guarantee is that our little blog will be keeping you up to speed with this year's crop of Frankel two-year-olds (2yo). 

For me, that is akin to seeing Father Xmas run down the gallops with a big carrot in his hand, cheeks flushed, just ahead of a Frankel prospect that doesn't need tempting to outpace ''good, old Santa''  because these juveniles don't need any motivation to be stars of the future. 

They will run like the wind... 

Well, that's the hope of all who own a Frankel horse, watch the Frankel horses and, perhaps, have a bet they will be winning a race or two. 

Anyway, enough of all this New Year stuff because we know you want to get to the good stuff - those Frankel two-year-olds. 

We won't keep you waiting because we have a few two-year-old colts and fillies who not only have been named but are flying up the gallops. (They may have seen the gallops, that will do for now). 

So here is a list of a few Frankel 2yos for the 2020 season. 

Frankai - trained by Roger Varian. 

This bay filly is a daughter of Dubai Queen who was trained by Luca Cumani in the same ownership as Obaid, Sheikh Mohammed. This homebred hails from a mare who enjoyed a trip and a one-time winner in a career of eight starts. She is related to Sharja Queen, who has notched up a few wins for this trainer/owner combination. 

The Guvnor - trained by Tom Clover. 

Great to see this Newmarket trainer has finally got his hands on a Frankel. This bay colt bred by Lady Bamford out of the mare Eva's Quest who was trained by Mick Channon who won seven times in a twenty-six race career. She won at Grade 1, achieving an official rating of 109 and total prize money of £516,445. This May foal is worth noting for the season ahead. 

Divine Herald - trained by Sir Michael Stoute. 

This April foal, bay filly, is out of the mare Heaven Sent who is bred by Cheveley Park Stud. She raced twenty-seven times and won six times achieving an official rating of 114, winning at Group 3 and £362,081 in total prize money. Divine Herald is a full-sister to Seven Heavens who was formerly trained by John Gosden.       

Zagato - trained by John Gosden. 

This bay colt is a son of Izzi Top. This very talented mare was similarly trained but ran in the ownership of Helena Springfield Ltd. Izzi Top won six of her twelve races including Group 1 class. She went close to winning on debut at odds of 33/1. Certainly, as a four-year-olds she was ultra-consistent winning four of her six races. She achieved an official rating of 115 and total prize earnings of £472,668. Zagato is bred by Meon Valley Stud who cost 725,000 guineas at the yearling sales. This stud's horses run in the black and white silks of Helena Springfield Ltd. Expensive relatives include Prince Eiji who cost a whopping 2,600,000 guineas at the yearling sales. An exciting prospect in Zagato. 

Light Refrain - trained by William Haggas. 

This bay filly - a January foal - is bred by The Queen out of the mare Light Music who was simialrly owned and trained. She raced seven times over two season, finishing second on debut, winning at huge odds on second start before winning at Listed class on her third start. An official rating of 98 and total earning of  £38,500. 

Beloved - trained by Ed Walker.

Ed Walker is a trainer going places and this bay daughter of Frankel is out of a mare called Love And Bubbles. Beloved cost 350,000 guineas at the yearling sales. 

To be updated...

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Tiz the Law Tops the Early Favorites for The 2020 Kentucky Derby

Tiz the Law Tops the Early Favorites for The 2020 Kentucky Derby

It's the season to be jolly again for all horse racing fans around the world as the biggest and grandest horse racing events, the U.S. Triple Crown Series will commence in the second quarter of this year. 

The Kentucky Derby will serve as the kick-off ceremony of the Triple Crown, which is also considered as the richest horse racing leg of the said event. It is then followed by the Preakness Stakes, and finally, the Belmont Stakes, which is the final leg of the series and considered as the most important game since it is where the Triple Crown titleholder gets declared. 

Before the Triple Crown will kick-off a few months from now, the horse racing community has released some horse racers that entails an early bet to the Kentucky Derby. Some say that it's too early to predict the Kentucky Derby race odds. However, bettors believed that it's the most effective way to foresee a deserving bet. 

It’s Tiz the Law who earned the spot of the top favorites to give the best racing show in the upcoming Kentucky Derby. He also gets the highest odds to win the Kentucky Derby crown this year? 

Will he be able to maintain these odds until the racing day? Let's get to know him better. 

Tiz the Law's Profile 

Tiz the Law is the current Champagne Stakes titleholder. He is a three-year-old thoroughbred horse racer who was foaled on March 19, 2017. He is bred by Sackatoga Stable and trained by Barclay Tagg. His jockey is Manuel Franco. Both his trainer and his jockey will have a debut run in the 2020 Kentucky Derby. 

Looking into his racing records, Tiz the Law has started three racing shows in his overall career. He tallied a total of two first-place achievements and one in third place. His overall earnings come in $347, 000. As he joins the Kentucky Derby in the next three months, he's looking to win the title, so his ranking will ultimately step-up. 

Before Tiz the Law will run in the 2020 Kentucky Derby, he will head to Holy Bull Stakes on February 1, 2020. It will take place in Gulfstream Park, Hadendalle, Florida and the prize at stake is around $350, 000. 

As he joins the Holy Bull Stakes, he is looking forward to winning the title so that his odds for the Kentucky Derby will increase and he can maintain his status as the favorite horse racer to win the "Run For The Roses" crown. 

Tiz The Law's Overall Achievements 

Although he is one of the newest horse racers to run in the Kentucky Derby, his racing records are impressive enough to make him top the early favorites list to win the Kentucky crown. His achievements were big, even though he only took part in a few races. The distance records, position at the gate, and the track he saddled up helped him gain the favorite votes from the fans. 

He got his first Maiden Special Weight race that took place last August 8, 2019, at Saratoga race track. He finished first though it's his first time joining, which made Sackatoga Stable own him right away. They send Tiz the Law on rigid training to take part in Stakes races, where he also did great. 

Last year, he took part in the Champagne Stakes that happened on October 5, 2019, at Belmont Park. After that, he tried his luck in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, but he only ended in third place. Although didn’t place first in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, Tiz the Law still earned the highest odds for the 2020 Kentucky Derby. 

Tiz the Law's Strengths 

If you look into the racing records of this horse racer, he might not have so many achievements compared to other racers in line to run in the Kentucky Derby. However, the fans believed that his debut run at the "Run For The Roses" will come as his primary inspiration to prove that a neophyte should not be considered as an underdog. 

Aside from that, Tiz the Law's running speed is outstanding as he placed the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes and won the Champagne Stakes. If he continues to train well and improve his running speed, there is no doubt that he can win the derby without any question. 


The Kentucky Derby is one of the anticipated horse racing events that the fans are looking forward to this year. Remember that last year, the derby did not end well as it faced the most controversial edition due to a disqualified winner. As it hopes to bounce back this year, the Kentucky Derby organization promise to feature the best horse racers in the country, including Tiz the Law, to give fans an unforgettable race.

Friday, 24 January 2020

Frankel Watch: 2YO Frankel Filly Crystal Starlet Stabled With Sir Michael Stoute

Frankel Watch: 2YO Frankel Filly Crystal Starlet Stabled With Sir Michael Stoute

Readers of Frankel Blog may have followed Sir Michael Stoute's Frankel 2YO offspring last year. Stoute was one of the major recipients with no less than 10 juveniles. 

Take a look at this related post: 10 Sir Michael Stoute 2yos for 2019

I'm sure Freemason Lodge Stables will have a number of Frankel offspring this 2020 Flat turf season and colts and fillies with exceptional bloodlines. 

One filly which may be worth noting is Crystal Starlet. This February foal [21st] was bred by Southcourt Stud. The mare Crystal Zvezda was trained by Sir Michael Stoute in the ownership of Sir Evelyn De Rothchild. This daughter of Dubawi raced just nine times, achieving two wins and three placed effort. She won at Listed class on her third start at Newbury. In addition, raced at Group 1 class [unplaced] with an official rating of 107. Total earnings of £63,449 show a filly of some talent. She concluded her career at four when finishing unplaced at York at Group 2. 

I would imagine Crystal Scarlet is homebred that will be running in the silks of the Rothchilds.  

Sir Michael Stoute did well with his Frankel offspring last season including Highest Ground, Heaven Forfend, Melnikova and Tanita. 

There will be lots to look forward to with this season's two-year-olds and we will be keeping you informed every step of the way. 

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Tony Montana in Training with Michael Bell for Amo Racing Limited

football agent Kia Joorabchian - horse racing
The first of this year's two-year-old Frankel crop is being reviewed and it's great to see Michael Bell has Tony Montana in his ranks at Newmarket's Fitzroy House Stables. 

This April foal cost 500,000 guineas when purchased by A C Elliott (vendor Hillwood Stud) at the Tattersalls Yearling Sale Book 1 (Lot 91). 

This bay colt - an April foal - is out of the mare Tropical Paradise who was trained by Peter Winkworth in the ownership of R Lovelace & R Muddle. She was a very capable racehorse with 17 starts, achieving 6 wins and an official rating of 108. Total prize money of £123,375. Two victories at Group 3 class (both at Goodwood) prove a talented filly who retired from racing at the age of five. 

Tony Montana races in the familiar silks of Amo Racing Limited (previously named Karmaa Racing Limited). 

Amo Racing Limited had one two-year-old racing last year in the shape of Lady Tati who was originally in training with David Simcock before heading to Ralph Beckett. She proves a bitter disappointment. Costing £100,000 at the yearling sales, she was sold at the 2yo Horses in Training Sale for just 6,000 Guineas. 

Amo Racing Limited is owned by major football agent Kia Joorabchian (pictured).   

Connections will be hoping Tony Montana can prove a talented colt considering his lofty price tag.

An interesting two-year-old worth following this season. 

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

The Remarkable Frankel

Frankel best horse in the world
One of horse racing’s most renowned horse is a 14-time unbeaten winner who was the highest-rated racehorse in the world from 2011. Khalid Abdullah owned the horse and trained by the great Henry Cecil. Thus, the name “Frankel” was after the late American trainer Bobby Frankel, one of the most victorious trainers in the history of thoroughbred racing, who died in 2009. 

Despite the trending Kentucky derby expert picks 2019 today which include diverse and talented horses, Frankel, a retired racehorse was also the best pick of his time. 


Frankel was born February 11, 2008, and not until 2010 that he started his racing career as a 2-year-old. 

Maiden Stakes

A mile distance Maiden Stakes race in Newmarket, Frankel slowly broke out the soft ground’s starting gate held up by his jockey Tom Queally. Although it is Frankel’s first race as a 2-year-old, it did not stop him from finishing the race first and making a winning bow gesture. 

Condition Stakes 

During the Frank Whittle Partnership Conditions Stakes held last September 10, 2010, at the Doncaster racetrack, Frankel set up the pace ahead of the two opponents in a 7 furlongs racetrack and finished first. 

Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes

Fifteen days after his second race, September 25, 2010, Frankel blew away all the other contenders by an astonishing ten lengths during the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes which was sponsored by his owner, Khalid Abdullah. Even the trainer himself was very impressed with Frankel’s performances. 

Dubai Dewhurst Stakes

It was Frankel’s first Group 1 level race featuring two famous unbeaten colts Dream Ahead and Saamidd, in a race track with a distance of 7 furlongs. Ending the run with a 1:25.73 time, Frankel never missed a chance to prove his talent to the audience and that he is worthy of their bets. It was his 4th win since he started racing and the last for the year. 


Two years in horse racing, three-year-old Frankel continues to live his coveted title as the highest-rated and award-winning racehorse. 

Greenham Stakes

Way back April 16, 2011, the seven-furlong race Greenham Stakes took place at Newbury with a total of six contenders. One of it was Frankel who first timely raced as a three-year-old at a Grade three level race. The Greenham Stakes, considered as the preparatory race for the Qipco 2000 Guineas, nailed by Frankel and now he’s ready for the upcoming event. Qipco 2000 Guineas One of Frankel’s most significant performance is running a mile soft ground race track in Newmarket on April 30, 2011. His victory in this race is still considered the most exceptional performance ever seen in Britain. With the other jockeys in the field, Frankel surprised them by jumping straight to the lead and winning the race by six lengths clear of his nearest rival. 

St. James’s Palace Stakes 

It was a close fight with Rerouted who was all clear to go in the early stages. Held at the Ascot, Frankel was still well on top at the finish line last June 11, 2011, despite some audience considered it to be an ill-judged ride which Queally, the jockey, received much criticism after the race. 

Qipco Sussex Stakes

The “Duel on the Downs” as they commonly call it, Frankel quickly broke from the gate of the Goodwood racecourse in England and got an early lead for the first few furlongs by a few lengths. Given the four horses racing in the field, it is much convenient to the versatile Frankel to dominate as soon as the gate opened. Thus, he won the race first. 

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes 

With a million pounds in prize money, Frankel who took the race on October 15, 2011, run in an effortless fashion to maintain his unbeaten career record. It was his ninth successive victory and, he roamed clear to win by four lengths against Excelebration. 


Frankel’s four-year-old season and the retirement of the greatest racehorse.

JLT Lockinge Stakes 

Storming to victory by five lengths, Frankel maintained a hundred percent record in the race dated June 19, making it his 10th win in his two years of horse racing. The 2-7 favourite, lead the race again leaving Exceleberation at the 2nd place for the fourth time. 

Queen Anne Stakes 

June 19, 2012, Frankel showed he is getting better with every race with landing odds of 1-10. Ending the run with the audience in awe, Frankel prolonged his triumph by 11 lengths effortlessly away from Excelebration. 

Sussex Stakes 

Racing with three opponents, Frankel topped the race at Goodwood. He repeated his previous year’s victory in the Sussex Stakes now with the odds of 1-20 chance. Asked by his jockey to quicken just over a furlong out, the answer was immediate as he slammed six lengths the high-class Farhh without breaking a sweat. 

Juddmonte International Stakes

Ridden with more patience, no doubt Frankel had the endurance to succeed over 10 furlongs and was sent off as the 1/10 favourite. Even the legendary St. Nicholas Abbey was left out behind Frankel, reminding people that he wasn’t beating just ordinary horses. 

Champion Stakes

Unbeaten Frankel capped his 14th victory in horse racing on October 20, 2012. For the last time, he beat Cirrus Des Aigles by a length-and-three-quarters before retiring as a racehorse. 


Winning is something people can be proud of. Whether it may be in the academe, games, or through sports. Frankel’s 14 years of consecutive victory is worthy of the award-winning gestures and praises. Thus, remembering the people behind those successes should be as crucial as Frankel’s awards too. Because without their perseverance of wanting to win the race, highest-rated racehorse Frankel will not achieve its title.

Sunday, 22 December 2019

Name a Frankel Filly for 2020

Name a Frankel Filly for 2020I guess for many horseracing fans it would be a dream to own a thoroughbred. How much fun it would be to go to the sales, buy a yearling, choose your silks and think of a name. 

In truth, few people have the luxury of owning a racehorse. It isn't so much buying a horse as the cost of training and all those associated bills which come along. When you consider many two-year-old horses don't race more than four or five times in a season it equates to a huge sum of money for each contest they take part in. 

For that reason, syndicates are an option for every pocket. They can be as little as £200 a season to hundreds of thousands.

The ultimate dream would be to have enough money to buy a Frankel offspring and be the sole owner. You choose your silks, trainer, and think about a name that does you the horse proud. 

Perhaps this is on your wish list?

You have £1,000,000 to buy a Frankel filly and you get to name her. But what name would you choose? 

It is a very personal thing and I'm sure that is why we look at a lot of horse names and almost turn our nose up at them. 

''Who would name a horse that?''

The simple answer is someone with enough money to pay the bills. 

So what name would you pick for a Frankel filly? A debutante two-year-old who I would be hoping and praying would win in style.

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Horse Race Betting for Beginners

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

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

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

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

Be disciplined 

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

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

Types of bet 

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

Compare prices 

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

Free bets 

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

How to choose the right horse 

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

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

In Summary 

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

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Thursday, 5 December 2019

Frankel's Horse Racing Story Could be Made into a Film

Jeremy Irons to play Sir Henry Cecil in film Frankel
Frankel's horse racing story could be made into a film. 

The unbeaten son of Galileo may be about to become immortalised in a film with nonother than Jeremy Irons playing legendary horse trainer Sir Henry Cecil. 

WaZabi Films co-founders Anick Poirier and Lorne Price have added this latest title to their list and will launch pre-sale at AFM [American Film Market] at the beginning of November in Santa Monica, California, which sees more than 7,000 attend the eight-day annual event to network and to sell, finance and acquire films.      

Oscar-winning Irons who took the gong for Best Actor in his role Reversal Of Fortune, a 1990 film adaptation of the 1985 book Reversal of Fortune: Inside the von Bulow Case, will also help produce the film with Andrew Berg and John Sachs of Eclipse Films.    

Andrew Berg is still in the pre-production stage of Frankel. He has worked on a number of films including The Corrupted (2019), Finding Your Feet (2017), Urban Hymn (2015) and Stingray (2006). 

John Sachs of Eclipse Films (Eclipse Global Entertainment) has worked on feature films such as Michael Radford's 2004 feature Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino. 

Sachs' first feature as a producer was Michael Caton's Jone's Urban Hymn which picked up several awards including best film at Giffoni, Busan and TIFF. 

Readers may remember Sachs' father, Andrew, who played Manuel in Fawlty Towers.

Frankel film will be directed by Ron Scalpello from a screenplay by Jim Piddock which charts Frankel's perfect unbeaten record of 14 straight wins culminating in the Champion Stakes at Ascot 2012. 

Sir Henry Cecil passed away in June 2013. 

Jeremy irons who is currently starring in the HBO hit Watchman said: ''The story of Henry resonated with me immediately. The role allows me to portray a character with such resilience and depth. I also appreciate the deep relationship shared between Henry and Frankel, a true story of love and affection between a man and his horse.”

Berg and Sachs added: “Jim Piddock’s script stands out as the perfect balance of drama and action and director Ron Scalpello is a gifted director, visceral, sensitive and extremely hard working and creative.

“Jeremy was first choice to play Henry and has a genuine love for horses. Jeremy’s decision to join us as a producer has further cemented his passion for this project.”

Visit Screen Daily to learn more. 

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Is Frankel Better than Secretariat?

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If one adds the criteria of “stamina” to the requirements of greatness, then I believe after Secretariat, there would be another four horses ahead of Frankel (in order from #2 to #5): Phar Lap, Sea Bird II, Man O War and Ribot. In an all-time invitation only 12f turf at the Arc or on dirt at Belmont, these great horses would be invited to challenge the legendary Secretariat. Frankel wouldn’t make the cut as he never raced at 12f, was withdrawn when favourite for the 12f King George despite being fully fit and also conceding 10 lengths in the straight to Zoffany after going hard early (the 3rd event being the very likely cause of the first two). 

If however there was an invitation-only race on turf or dirt over 10f, then the above forces as well as Frankel, Dr Fager, Brigadier Gerard and Spectacular Bid should be added.

Secretariat remains clearly the greatest overall horse of all time, with his consistency being tarnished due to poor trainer/owner and even starter judgment (running sick/unfit, harsh DQ in a race he won easily and going away) and not due to the horse himself. 

The more interesting question to me is who is #6 all-time horse: Frankel or Dr Fager? Both brilliant 8f specialists who could also last 10f. I believe Secretariat would deserve automatic favouritism for any 10f-12f race and probably any 9f-13f race. 

What would be interesting to consider is, who would deserve favouritism from the above 9 horses over 8f turf or dirt? Remembering that Secretariat set a world record over 9f despite running wide and being checked, which has since only once been bettered by 0.2s.

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Frankel all time 6th best- ridiculous- sea the stars was a superb horse up there with Frankel and secretariat- American fans – get used to it there has never been a horse like Frankel- he beat better horses consistently that secretariat- all g1 winners- the standard he beat was infinitely better and higher- no comparison- horse racing in the UK and Europe is higher than the USA-


In terms of competition, the quality of horses Secretariat faced was actually clearly above the average quality of rivals Frankel faced. Perhaps the single most devastating margin in horse racing is Secretariat’s 10.5 margin length victory of #8 US blood-horse legend Forego in the Kentucky Derby, after giving him a multiple length lead and running wide outside of him. Then there was Sham, still the owner of the 2nd largest heart in all of racing history, behind only Secretariat (Mill Reed was 3rd on that score). Riva Ridge (Derby, Belmont), Big Spruce (Marlboro), Cougar (Chilean champ) and Tem Tam (US champion 4yo turf horse) were other worthy opponents Secretariat annihilated under hand rides. Sea The Stars lacked the explosiveness of either Frankel or Secretariat. And Frankel lacked the ability to hold that explosiveness all the way to the line: he could explode for 3f only, Secretariat could do it for 4f. That very last furlong is where Frankel’s 10th furlong of 14.0s on turf would expose him against a horse like Secretariat capable of closing in the 10th furlong of 11.5s on the slowest dirt track in America. 

Also this talk that UK horses being inherently better bred than USA horses is nonsense; 90% of modern champions feature both Northern Dancer (Canada) and Mr Prospector (USA), including both Frankel and Sea The Stars. Neither of these famous sires incidentally being British.


Secretariat did not have the explosive speed or class that Frankel showed. Secretariat first runs against older horses ended in defeat NO EXCUSES. THEN GOT THUMPED BY PROVE OUT. How can you justify calling a horse all-time great when he could not beat horses in his own period.

I’m an American and I am in LOVE with Frankel—the same way that I was/still am in love with Secretariat. Why bother to decide which racehorse is the greatest? However, Frankel is right up there with Secretariat in terms of greatness, and no others are in their ranks. I agree that Frankel competed against better horses than did Secretariat, but I am obsessed with both of them!!! Is there a Frankel fan club I can share my obsession with???

What do you think? 

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