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 10 crops to race, and his eleventh crop has already yielded three Gr.1-winning two-year-olds. He has been the champion sire in Europe for the past six 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 racehorse and highly promising young sire Sea The Stars.

Galileo is already making a name for himself as a sire of sires with the number of his sons having produced Group winners fast approaching double figures. 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 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, CACIQUE and CHAMPS ELYSEES 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 – as has Noble Mission, who memorably became a triple Gr.1 winner in 2014. Kind’s fourth son to stand at stud is the OASIS DREAM colt Morpheus. Kind’s only filly to date is the dual Listed winner and multiple Group placed Joyeuse - who retired to stud in 2015. Kind currently has a three-year-old full brother to FRANKEL who is trained by Andre Fabre.

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 subsequently the Group winners  Last Train and Riposte. 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 and has subsequently covered stellar books of international broodmares.

21% of the mares covered in his first three seasons were Gr.1 winners. Those due to foal in 2016 include Gr.1 winners Adoration, Blueridge Mountain, Fallen For You, Indonesienne, Lightening Pearl, Maids Causeway, Midday, Pearly Shells, Ramruma, Ventura, Vorda and Zenda, as well as the dams of Gr.1 winners Arcano, Backseat Rhythm, Charm Spirit, Dabirsim, Halfbridled, Hansen, Hartnell, Passage Of Time, Penelopa, Sarah Lynx, Talent, and Total Gallery. FRANKEL also covered the dams of or half-sisters to stallions BATED BREATH, CACIQUE, CHAMPS ELYSEES, Cityscape, DANSILI, KINGMAN, Mastercraftsman, Peintre Celebre and Showcasing in 2015.

Since he retired the stud, the progeny of the mares FRANKEL covered in his first two seasons have gone on to win over 120 stakes races, further illustrating the strength in depth of his books of Mmres. His first runners are eagerly awaited this year.