QUADRILATERAL PEDIGREE INSIGHTS
The TDN's Andrew Caulfield analyses the pedigree of FRANKEL's 10th Group 1 winner, homebred Quadrilateral.
Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News, 15th October 2019:
A strong individual, with substance, Nimble Thimble (dam of Quadrilateral) is a daughter of Skiable, a mare bred to a similar pattern to Juddmonte's blue hen Hasili. Both Skiable and Hasili were sired by Nijinsky II line stallions from Kerali, a daughter of the 1977 Cheveley Park Stakes winner Sookera. Another of Kerali's daughters, Hasili's sister Arrive, had produced those excellent fillies Promising Lead and Visit for Juddmonte, so any filly from this family was potentially precious.
Also, it didn't harm Nimble Thimble's prospects that her pedigree was free of such widespread European influences as Sadler's Wells and Danehill. Importantly, this made her eligible to visit the great Frankel, named after the man who trained her dam Skiable to gain the last of her four wins, in an allowance over a mile on Hollywood Park's turf course in 1994.
Nimble Thimble made her first visit to Frankel in 2016. It was around the same time that reports were starting to be received from Beckhampton that Occurrence, a filly from Frankel's first crop, was showing considerable promise on the gallops.
Occurrence's dam Arrive, as mentioned above, was a sister to Hasili and there were hopes that Occurrence was going to add significantly to the achievements that had made Arrive the TBA's Broodmare of the Year for 2008. Sadly, she suffered a very bad fracture to a pastern before she could race. Thanks to the veterinarians' skill she was saved for a broodmare career and has a likeable Dark Angel filly as her first foal.
The thoughts of what might have been with Occurrence have been revived by the emergence of the unbeaten Quadrilateral, Nimble Thimble's filly by Frankel. She staked her claim to being the best filly of her generation with her admirably determined victory in last Friday's Fillies' Mile Gr.1, with her win making her the 10th Gr.1 winner by Frankel.
Quadrilateral is already the best winner that Frankel has sired from the Kerali family, but he has also done well with three of Hasili's daughters, siring the smart Mirage Dancer (Glorious Stakes Gr.3.), Obligate (Prix de Sandringham Gr.2) and third in the Prix Rothschild Gr.1) and Weekender (third in the Irish St Leger Gr.1 after being second under top weight in last year's Ebor).
It is worth mentioning that Frankel's success with the Kerali family hasn't all been with mares that shone on the racecourse. Leaving aside Mirage Dancer's dam Heat Haze, who was one of Hasili's five Grade 1 winners, Quadrilateral's dam Nimble Thimble was ordinary (her Racing Post rating was 71); Obligate's dam Responsible never went into training; and Weekender's dam Very Good News never made it to the races for Andre Fabre. Maybe neither mare was helped by her birth date - Very Good News's was 29th May and Responsible's was 14th May.
While on the subject, it is also worth pointing out that two of Frankel's other 2019 Group winners for Juddmonte are Logician, the unbeaten winner of the St Leger, and Delaware, a four-length winner of the Prix Daphnis Gr.3. Logician's dam, the useful handicapper Scuffle, gained her only blacktype when third in an all-weather Listed race, whereas Delaware's dam Zatsfine gained her only win at Dieppe.
However, as all the agents and breeders who dream of buying a Juddmonte filly know very well, performance is only part of their appeal. Family is arguably of greater importance as has been highlighted by most of the mares mentioned here. Logician's dam Scuffle is a half-sister to those very good colts Bated Breath and Cityscape, whereas Delaware's dam Zatsfine is a half-sister to the Group 1 winners Byword and Proviso, their dam Binche being the Broodmare of the Year in 2010. Incidentally, there was very nearly a third Group 1 winner for Binche earlier this month when her Frankel gelding Finche failed by a short-head to catch Kings Will Dream in the Turnbull Stakes Gr.1 at Flemington.
The truth is that Frankel is siring Group winners from quite a variety of mares. Some of his best winners, such as the Japanese Oaks winner Soul Stirring and the very smart Elarqam, are out of famous Group 1 winners, as is Fount, a Group 3 winner among Juddmonte's 2019 Group winners by Frankel. Another of his recent Group 1 scorers, the Oaks and Prix de Royallieu winner Anapurna, is out of Dash To The Top, who failed by only half a length to win the Yorkshire Oaks Gr.1.
As Juddmonte's recent advertisements in the TDN have been highlighting, Frankel has been achieving some remarkable percentages with his runners from his first four crops, including 14% Group winners to runners You might wonder, then, why he ranks no higher than fifth on
the European leading sires' list. The answer is that, with a third
crop which numbers 86 Northern Hemisphere foals and a fourth
crop numbering 80, Frankel currently has less ammunition than
any of the other stallions in the European top 20. Whereas
Kodiac and Dark Angel have had more than 310 individual
runners this year, and Zoffany, Lope de Vega, Siyouni and
Invincible Spirit have had more than 225, Frankel has had only
120, of which 14 are stakes winners.
In fact the only other
stallion in the top 20 to have had fewer than 161 runners is
Frankel's fellow Banstead Manor stallion Kingman, with 128. The
four stallions above Frankel - Galileo, Shamardal, Dubawi and
Sea The Stars - have had between 177 and 209 runners.
I am very much looking forward to seeing Frankel's fifth crop
race next year. Conceived after
his first-crop two-year-olds excelled in
2016, this crop numbers more
than 160 foals and has already
made a splash in the sales ring,
achieving such prices as
3,100,000, 850,000, 725,000 and
There is a sister to
Quadrilateral among the
Juddmonte homebreds, together
with brothers to Finche and
Weekender and sisters to
Obligate and the smart Fair Eva.
There's also a filly out of a sister
to Midday, a half-brother to Shutter Speed, a filly out of a
half-sister to the dam of Workforce and Emissary and a
half-sister to Showcasing and Camacho.
They should help to offset the fact that Frankel will be
competing with comparatively small crops of three- and four-year-olds
in 2020. It will be 2021 before Frankel is competing on level
terms numerically. That will be the year his first £175,000 crop
reaches the track, his fee having risen by £50,000 after
Cracksman and so many other members of his first two crops
did so well in 2017.
Date: 16 October 2019