Thursday 21 May 2020

Ed Walker Frankel Duo in Burgeoning String

Ed Walker has always been a very talented trainer. 

Last year his two-year-old string showed promise. 

Kingsdown Stable had 20 two-year-old runners for the Flat turf season. Nina Bailarina proved a talented filly. This daughter Lope De Vega lost by a neck on debut, then slammed the opposition by five lengths when storming clear at Newmarket. Then a sterling effort at Maisons-Laffitte, France, when runner-up when losing by just half a length in the Prix Eclipse (Group 3). She was too keen to do herself justice when finishing last when taking part in the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes (Group 1). A concluding race in France saw a poor effort when a losing favourite at Chantilly when contesting the Prix Yacowlef (Listed Race). 

I'm pretty sure Ed Walker's two-year-olds are going to be a different proposition this new season. 


For starters, he has a greatly increased string of juveniles. From what I can see, Ed Walker's string of two-year-olds has burgeoned to forty

Not only has his string increased, but the quality of horse and hefty price tags suggests he will be a powerhouse this season. 

For instance, let's take a look at the two-year-old owner's:

Lady Bamford 
Mr Laurence Bellman 
Kangyu International Racing (HK) Ltd
Highclere Thoroughbred Racing 
Mr David Ward 
Nat Rothschild 
Mr S Stuckey 
Miss Kirsten Rausing 
Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds 
Mrs Fitri Hay 

This brings us to the interesting part specific to Frankel Blog because Ed Walker has a couple (duo) of Frankel's offspring. As far as I'm aware, these are the first of his progeny at Kingsdown. 

Firstly, we have BELOVED, a March bay filly, out of the mare Love And Bubbles, in the ownership of Mr David Ward. Bred by Love And Bubbles Partnership went through the yearling sales and cost 350,000GNS. The French-raced mare won twice from nine starts. Including a Listed race at Toulouse and a Group 3 victory at Chantilly. Both victories came over 8/9 furlongs. She achieved total prize winnings of £56,939. She will make an impact this season and a horse to take note of.

Ed Walker could be spoilt for choice with a second Frankel two-year-old (2yo). NAVEGAON GATE is a bay colt out of the dam Cascata, bred by Farm Cove Thoroughbreds Ltd. This April foal is homebred out of a debut winner at two, who raced just five times in total. In some respects, she was a fair performer achieving an official rating of 80 on concluding her career with total prize earning of just £6,703. Navegaon Gate is owned by Mr S Stuckey who is no stranger to talented horses. 

So Ed Walker could well be a trainer going places this season. I am pretty sure he will make an impact this season and be noted by punters high and low. 

Here's to a good season.

Take a look at Frankel's 2yo offspring here published on Juddmonte Stallion Frankel Two-year-Olds.  
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