In-depth Analysis

By Claire Curry

Galileo has well and truly established himself as the pre-eminent sire in Europe (if not the world). He has produced at least two Gr.1 winners and at least one Classic winner in each of his first eight crops to race, and his ninth crop has already yielded four Group-winning two-year-olds. He has been the champion sire in Europe for the past four seasons, with his most successful crop to date being the one born in 2008. This group included nine individual winners at the highest level (five of which won Classics), headed by Frankel.

As a Derby-winning son of the legendary Sadler’s Wells and the Arc de Triomphe winner Urban Sea, Galileo had all of the elements to succeed. Since retiring to stud, his pedigree has received a major boost through the exploits of three Gr.1–winning full/half-siblings, most notably the truly outstanding Sea The Stars.

Galileo is already making a name for himself as a sire of sires with four of his sons having produced Group winners. Two of these, the Dewhurst winners New Approach and Teofilo, both got off to the best possible start by siring Dewhurst winners and Classic winners in their first crops. Galileo’s other Dewhurst and Classic winner to stand at stud is none other than Frankel.

Juddmonte have had three broodmares who produced three Group winners from their first three foals – the first two to achieve the feat were Hasili and Toussaud. Not only did these mares go on to be awarded Broodmare Of The Year – they have also had stallion sons who sired Gr.1 winners (Dansili and Cacique for Hasili; Empire Maker and Chester House for Toussaud). The third mare is Kind - the dam of Frankel.  

Kind’s first foal was the Sadler’s Wells colt Bullet Train, winner of the Lingfield Derby Trial Gr.3 but more famously known as the pacemaker for Frankel. Bullet Train has retired to stud in Kentucky. The third Group winner for Kind is Frankel’s full brother Noble Mission, who won the Gr.3 Gordon Stakes as a three-year-old and added further blacktype success in 2013. Morpheus, Kind’s four-year-old colt by Oasis Dream, is a three-time winner who will be looking to uphold the family tradition by winning a Graded stakes race in the USA in 2014. His year younger sister Joyeuese already has a blacktype win to her name – having been successful in the Listed Dick Poole Fillies' Stakes at Salisbury. Kind currently has a yearling full brother to Frankel.

Kind was a very talented sprinter who liked to race prominently. A six-time winner, including twice in Listed company, her speed could have been predicted from her strong physique but arguably not from her pedigree. Although she is by Danehill, her dam Rainbow Lake won the Lancashire Oaks over a mile and a half. A daughter of Rainbow Quest, Rainbow Lake had already produced the dual Gr.1 winner Powerscourt the year before Kind was born and was represented in 2013 by two Group winners – the Ribblesdale Stakes winner Riposte and the Prix de Barbeville winner Last Train. Rainbow Lake’s dam Rockfest was introduced into the Juddmonte broodmare band in 1983 – 30 years prior to Frankel, a third generation homebred, embarking on his own stud career.

Some racehorses have moments of brilliance - Frankel was consistently brilliant. He is the only horse to have run to a Timeform rating in the 140’s six times (recording the highest ever Timeform rating of 147). He is also the only horse to run to an official rating of 140 twice and is the highest rated horse since the International Classifications began. In an unbeaten career he has been champion at two, three and four years of age (the only horse to achieve this feat) – in the process setting a record for consecutive European Gr.1 wins  – and beating 23 individual Gr.1 winners of 50 Gr.1 races by a cumulative winning distance of over 76 lengths.

There were many jaw-dropping moments in Frankel’s career – his majestic 10-length victory in the Royal Lodge Stakes at 2 years; the raw power and exuberance of his front-running display in the 2000 Guineas; his complete annihilation of the opposition in the Queen Anne Stakes; his effortless step up to 10.5f in front of an appreciative Yorkshire crowd in the Juddmonte International; the sense of overwhelming happiness and relief tinged with sadness when he made his triumphant final start at Ascot in the Champion Stakes.

From soft ground to good to firm; over distances ranging from 7 to 10.5 furlongs; aged two, three and four – Frankel’s long stride and outstanding natural ability carried him effortlessly through his racing career. As Tony Morris so eloquently writes, Frankel is: “The greatest horse most of us have seen, or will ever see… I’ve never known another horse with such a high cruising speed and the capacity to sustain maximum velocity for so long. He is a phenomenon.”

Frankel retired to stud in 2013 as the most exciting stallion prospect in the world. He has attracted mares from across the globe and his stellar first book included over 60 mares who have won a Gr.1, produced a Gr.1 winner, or done both. News of his first foals will appear on the website.