Sunday, 3 July 2022

A Trio of Frankel Offspring 2022 Make Their Debut (3rd July)

I'm not sure if I need my eyes tested, but looking through the declarations, races and results of this year's two-year-old races hasn't revealed many if any Frankel two-year-olds for the class of 2022. 

I'm pleased to say after a long wait, there were a trio of Frankel juveniles made their debut this last week or so and they ran pretty decent races and look to have the winner's enclosure in sight, probably when making their second start. 

30th June, saw Andrew Balding send out one of the first Frankel offspring for the season with the Juddmonte owned Chaldean, sired by the super stallion out of a unraced mare [Suelita]. This late foal [10 May], was fancied to go well and backed to return joint favourite at odds of 10/3. Racing at Newbury [6:28] over 6f, he found himself stuck behind a wall of horses, before finishing with zest, resulting in a fifth place beaten less than four lengths, giving the impression there would be ample improvement to come.

On the 1st July, Sandown [2:55] Richard Hannon unveiled The Parent, a son of Frankel out of a five-times winning mare [Sophie P] in the ownership of Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum. This 280,000g yearling purchase was nibbled at in the market from 16/1 - 12/1. After a tardy start, running off the pace in last position, this good-looking colt made up ground in the closing stages showing ability to finish fourth, beaten less than three lengths. This February foal finished with verve and you'd be expecting notable improvement for his second start. 

Just taking a quick look through the result I'm pretty sure Achillea was the first Frankel two-year-old to race in the UK this season. This daughter of Frankel out of a a winning mare races in the familiar silks of Micahel and Heather Yarrow, in training with Dean Ivory. This bay filly made her debut on the 21st June, when racing at Newbury [6:35]. She was priced 33/1 and run a sound race ''keeping on'' to finish a creditable fourth place. She cost 180.000g at the yearling sales.

Good luck to connections regarding these three exciting prospects. 

Additional news: I know many of the Frankel followers won't need telling but this season Frankel's stallion fee has risen from £175,000 - £200,000. 

Looking forward to more updates.