FRANKEL got off to the very best start as a sire on Friday (13th May) when his first runner Cunco took a maiden at Newbury in impressive style. 

Despite showing greenness early on, Cunco won readily by three quarters of a length. The colt is trained by John Gosden on behalf of owner/breeders Don Alberto Stable, who have been incredible supporters of FRANKEL and have a number of his first-crop progeny in both hemispheres. 

Cunco was FRANKEL's very first foal, born on 11th January 2014, on the same day as the late Sir Henry Cecil's birthday. His dam, dual Gr.3 winner Chrysanthemum, was the first mare scanned in foal to FRANKEL, and was sold carrying Cunco in-utero for 800,000 guineas at the Tattersalls December Sale in 2013.

Jockey Robert Havlin told the Racing Post: "He was a bit free but relaxed into the race and I couldn't have been more pleased. "He was where I wanted to be, but they didn't go very fast and a few just got first run on me and he had a bit to do. He took a few strides to hit top gear, but I'd say he had a few more gears left."

Referring to Cunco's coltish behaviour beforehand, Havlin added: "There was no harm, no malice and he might need that tackle later on in life.

"He'll definitely get seven furlongs and the way he relaxed you could see him getting a mile."​

The date, Friday the 13th, didn't stop Cunco - nor FRANKEL, who won his first race on Friday 13th August 2010.

FRANKEL is now ahead of his own champion sire Galileo, who sired his first two-year-old winner on 17th July 2005. 

Date: 13 May 2016