AN OUTSTANDING WEEKEND FOR FRANKEL
Two new Group winners, a prestigious victory at the inaugural Saudi Cup meeting and the return of Classic winner Soul Stirring to Group company capped fantastic weekend for FRANKEL's progeny.
Two-year-old FRANKEL filly Hungry Heart won the Sweet Embrace Stakes Gr.2 at Royal Randwick on Saturday (29th February) to become her sire's third Southern Hemisphere bred stakes winner. The Yuesheng Zhang-owned filly will be aimed at the Golden Slipper Stakes Gr.1.
"She is obviously a very talented horse to win like this today and I think there's more to come," trainer Chris Waller said post-race. "We have thought she is a very good filly for a while. We haven't complicated things. We thought enough of her to send her to Melbourne thinking we might be a Blue Diamond chance but we didn't put too much pressure on her. She ran a good second and we thought we'd leave the Blue Diamond and see how she ran today and she would tell us where she wants to go."
Also on Saturday FRANKEL gelding Call The Wind powered clear in the final furlong of the Turf Handicap at King Abdulaziz Racecourse with Mekong (again by FRANKEL) the runner-up. The George Strawbridge homebred Call The Wind takes his earnings to over £1.5 million.
Later on Saturday, Elizabeth Way became a new Group winner for FRANKEL in The Very One Stakes Gr.3 at Gulfstream Park, maintaining her unbeaten run in the US. Trainer Roger Attfield said: "The plan was to just let her run her race; it was as simple as that. The gentleman that owns the horse [John McCormack] was really keen to do this and I still think that she's going to be better as she goes farther. When she popped out of there, we were just hoping that maybe she could get some blacktype. She's been training super well the last 10 days, so it didn't really surprise me that she'd run really well, but I didn't think she'd do it all the way on the lead."
The weekend was rounded off by Soul Stirring, FRANKEL's first Gr.1 and Classic winner, coming a gallant third in the Nakayama Kinen Gr.2 in Japan on Sunday on what may be her final run before retiring to stud.
Date: 02 March 2020