Thursday 11 March 2021

Frankel Offspring Heading for 2021 Guineas Glory

With the 2021 Flat turf season on the horizon we're looking at the 2000 Guineas betting markets. 

How many Frankel-sired three-year-olds are heading to Newmarket to compete on 1st May? 

From a vast string of Frankel two-year-olds, the number of live candidates are few. In fact, just two Frankel British-trained colts may be heading to the Guineas Rowley Mile. Part of the QIPCO British Champions Series. 

With win prize money of £212,663 competition is stiff. 

Starting with the 2000 Guineas, 1st May 2021

Just two Frankel three-year-old colts have been given entries for this prestigious Group 1 race. Not forgetting, Frankel won the 2000 Guineas back in 2011. Personally, I think this was one of his most impressive wins. I will add a YouTube video for readers to enjoy. I have never seen a horse hold such an incredible advantage when racing at the highest level. 

A truly exceptional racehorse and stallion. 

Anyway, let's get to the Frankel 2000 Guineas hopes.

At the time of writing there are 72 entrants with a maximum of 25 horses allowed to take part on the big day. 

Take a look at the 2000 Guineas entries here.  

Latest Generation, trained by Simon & Ed Crisford, in the ownership of Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum.   

This son of Frankel is exceptionally well bred out of Rizeena, who was a supreme talent for Clive Brittain in his latter years of training. She raced 16 times achieving 5 wins, the same number of seconds and one third place. 

She raced 14 times at Group level, a dual Group one winner including the Curragh's Moyglare Stud Stakes (Group 1), Ireland, aged two & Coronation Stakes (Group 1) at Royal Ascot, aged three. 

Rizeena ran in the 1000 Guineas (2014) when finishing seventh behind Miss France. Clive Brittain's filly was fancied to go well and priced 9/2. 

A class filly, she was runner-up on four other occasions at the highest level. 

With an all-time high official rating of 115 and total earning of £632,315, it's no surprise she is remembered by many. 

Simon & Ed Crisford will be hoping Latest Generation can live up to the lofty heights of his mother. 

This bay colt, a February foal, is presently a 50/1 shot for the 2000 Guineas. He has run three times in his formative season. 

He won comfortably on his second start at Doncaster (1m) and dipped his toe into pattern class when a 5/1 chance. He was well beaten in the Emirates Autumn Stakes (Group 3) when finishing seventh a similar number of lengths behind One Ruler, trained by Charlie Appleby. 

By all accounts, Latest Generation needs to find a good deal of improvement to win this Classic race, although it is an open race with the O'Brien family (Aidan & Joseph) holding the first four favourites although the shortest being 8/1. 

The other Frankel 2000 Guineas hope is a similarly exceptionally well bred horse. In fact the sire winning the 2000 Guineas in 2011 and the dam winning the 1000 Guineas in 2004. 

Sayf Al Dawla, trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam is very much an unknown quantity and needs to be the exception to the rule. This unraced colt, an April foal, must have been catching the eye on the gallops.

In the ownership of Ms Sally Elizabeth Wall, this son of Frankel cost 525,000 guineas at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sales (Book 1) 2019 [Lot 180]. He was originally purchased by Phoenix Thoroughbreds.    

As noted, the dam of Sayf Al Dawla was an exceptionally talented racehorse and prolific dam, who was trained by Mark Johnston.

Attraction is a horse that hit the headlines for her talent and poor conformation. 

She raced 15 times and achieved 10 wins, runner-up on two occasions. In fact, she won her first eight races consecutively. 

Attraction, was something of an enigma, renowned for her wonky legs, she was every inch a superstar. 

In fact, her half length win in the 1000 Guineas (2004) was part of that successive effort. For good measure she headed to the Curragh three weeks later winning the Irish 1000 Guineas in comfortable fashion. 

Racing at Group one class nine times she won five times and was runner-up on two occasions. 

With a highest official rating of 119, she had total earnings of £899,597. 

Probably one of the best racing and breeding mares on the planet. 

It will be interesting to see how Sayf Al Dawla goes this new Flat turf season and whether this son of Frankel is a live chance to make the Guineas. Considering he is priced 40/1, he must be held is some regard and has lofty expectations. 

In addition, he has an entry for the Epsom Derby and ante post priced at 100/1.

Sayf Al Dawla will most likely make his appearance early season and win a maiden before perhaps a Classic trial. 

Although a colt who is held in high regard, very much at the start of his journey as a potentially smart racehorse. 

Looking forward to the 2000 Guineas?

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