Thursday 25 October 2018

Frankel Watch: East Heads to Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf

Another day with a couple of Frankel offspring racing at headquarters. 

In the 2:35 Newmarket we saw Gantier, trained by John Gosden, and owned by K Abdullah. This homebred is out of a winning but limited mare. Priced 25/1, the betting suggested this gelding wasn't expected to set the grass alight. That was the case as this British-bred two-year-old was slow from the stalls and only passed three horses in the closing stages. I imagine Gosden was more interested in getting a run into this youngster although it wasn't the most inspiring start to proceedings.

Fortunes proved more favourable in the 4:55 when Ginistrelli made his second start. Ed Walker's son of Frankel is out of a twice-winning mare who raced up to Listed class. This March foal cost 475,000 guineas at the yearling sales. He ran well on debut over one mile at Salisbury when priced 9/2. Finishing fourth, beaten the same number of lengths. It was a pleasing introduction, giving the feeling better would be seen today. Racing in the ownership of Bjorn Nielson & Eastwing Racing Ltd, he started 5/2. Leading from the stalls, this resolute juvenile ran all the way to the line holding the late charge of James Park Woods by a head. Ginistrelli is a progressive type who is likely to show more at three. 

Other Frankel Entrants Of Note

Exciting news - 

Friday, 2nd November - Churchill Downs

The Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf  (Grade 1) (2yo Fillies) 1m (8 PM)

Kevin Ryan sends East for one of the biggest races of the season taking on the U.S fillies. She is just one of 14 two-year-olds taking part, one of three English horses (including Charlie Appleby's La Peloas (12/1) & Brian Ellison's The Mackem Bullet (14/1). 

The twice-winning East is similarly priced at 14/1.  This daughter of Frankel is out of a class mare, Vital Statistics, who won at Listed class at two and competed at Grop 1. East won by half a length on debut at Hamilton at odds of 9/4. Then headed to St. Cloud, France to take a Group 3 race by two-and-a-half lengths in comfortable fashion.