Juddmonte Farms

FRANKEL'S THIRD CROP OFF THE MARK

Taken from the Irish Field Pedigree Analysis, 13th October, by Sieglinde McGee

The way that young stallions are ranked as first-, second and third-season sires can be thought of as being their apprenticeship, early years in which their long-term potential is being assessed based on actual racecourse results and before they join their seniors who get listed only on the overall general sires’championship tables.

FRANKEL has almost completed that period, as it is mid-October of his initial crop’s four-year-old season,and it is fair to say that he is about to graduate with honours. His first two crops have thus far yielded 32 stakes winners (up to Wednesday 10th October), five of them scoring at least once at the highest level.

One son has achieved a Timeform rating of 136, one daughter has been a classic winner and champion in Japan, progeny have been placed in the Derby, Irish Derby (twice), and various other top events, he is the third-placed sire (to Wednesday 10th October) in the overall UK and Ireland sires’ championship title race – behind Galileo and Dubawi – and number five overall in Europe.

It is still quite early in his career, of course, but he is clearly a successful young stallion who has the potential to continue supplying Group 1 winners in the coming years, to get European classic horses, and to continue taking high rank among his peers. Yes, he has covered the cream of the broodmare crop, and yes, like every young stallion, he has work to do if he’s going to unseat his sire as the overall championship leader some day, but it is also true that some get hailed as the second coming having achieved far less than he has done.

Frankel’s third crop have not shown the precocity of his initial batch and it was only last week that one of them added their name to his blacktype tally, number 33.That was the Kevin Ryan-trained East who topped the Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale in March, when sold for €315,000, and she maintained her unbeaten record with a two-and-a-half-length score in the Group 3 Prix Thomas Bryon over seven furlongs at Saint-Cloud last Friday. Listed-placed €1,600,000 Goffs Orby Sale graduate Old Glory lost his unbeaten record at Dundalk that day but holds an entry in the Group1 Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes at Doncaster, and in next year’s Group 1 Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas and Group 1 Investec Derby, whereas East is engaged in May’s Group 1 Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas.

She was bred by Mitaab Abdullah, is a full-sister to French mile winner Golden Hooves, and out of the speedy Vital Statistics (by Indian Ridge). That pattern-placed,six-furlong stakes winner is, in turn, the best of a string of winners out of Emerald Peace (by Green Desert), a listed winner and Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes runner-up whose dam is a half-sister to two horses of note and is the daughter of a classic-placed Group 1 star. Those siblings are Group 2 Pretty Polly Stakes winner Tarfshi (by Mtoto) and Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Embassy (by Cadeaux Genereux), and their dam is Pass The Peace (by Alzao),the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes star who chased home Pearl Bracelet in the Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas) 29 years ago.

All of this suggests that East could become another of her sire’s talented milers,with 10 furlongs possible,and it will be interesting to see where she ranks among his long and growing list of stakes winners by the time her track career comes to an end.

Date: 16 October 2018