POWER-PACKED PEDIGREES AMONG FRANKEL'S JUVENILE CROP
The Racing Post's Martin Stevens puts the world champion's two-year-olds under the microscope.
Taken from the Racing Post online, 1st April 2020, by Martin Stevens:
FRANKEL fans will be in their element when the Flat season finally arrives, as the unbeaten dual world champion's two-year-olds of 2020 are the largest crop he has sired to date. There are 170 of them, conceived at Banstead Manor Stud in the breeding season after his first two-year-old runners graced the track – when Fair Eva, Frankuus, Mi Suerte, Queen Kindly, Soul Stirring and Toulifaut won Group races around the world.
That large number, the result of 195 mares being sent to him in 2017, displays something of a reaffirmation of faith by breeders as FRANKEL had covered 114 mares after his first foals had gone under the hammer and 130 following the sale of his debut yearlings.
It is long forgotten now, but in 2015 and 2016 there were question marks over whether those early produce had sold as spectacularly well as they might have and over the fact his youngsters came in a variety of shapes and sizes – considered a sin by some horsemen who prefer a stallion to stamp his stock.
There was also a small rebound in the quality of FRANKEL's book in 2017. Naturally, given his racecourse achievements, pedigree and connections, he has always covered mares with strong credentials; but that year he was granted 54 per cent black-type winners, up from 47 per cent in 2015 and 43 per cent in 2016. It might be noted that Frankel's smaller crop of 2017 still managed to come up with an unbeaten Group 1 winner in Quadrilateral.
So, what have we got to look forward to with the bigger class of 2018? Perhaps the most exciting FRANKEL two-year-old we could see is a half-brother to a Classic winner out of a Classic winner from a brilliant Juddmonte family.
Ferran Star is out of Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Zenda, who has produced five winners headed by four-time Group 1-winning miler and exciting young sire KINGMAN. The dam is a half-sister to champion two-year-old and three-year-old turned prolific sire OASIS DREAM, and hails from the family of further Khalid Abdullah-owned and bred stars Beat Hollow, New Bay and Wemyss Bight.
There are a further seven FRANKEL two-year-olds out of Classic winners, with several breeders having – quite understandably – seen the breathtaking 2,000 Guineas winner as the ideal date for their mares who scored in the fillies' equivalent at Newmarket. Snow Lantern is a grey like her mum Sky Lantern, while there are unnamed fillies out of Finsceal Beo and Natagora – the latter in training with Richard Hannon. There is also an unnamed colt out of Attraction who was sold to Phoenix Thoroughbreds for 525,000gns at Tattersalls in October.
The other offspring of Classic winners are Galifa, a filly out of Brazilian Oaks scorer Viva Rafaela; Pennymoor, a daughter of German Oaks heroine Penelopa; and, another to set the pulse racing, John Leeper, a colt out of the brilliant Snow Fairy, whose six top-level successes included the Oaks at Epsom. John Leeper is in training with Ed Dunlop, who masterminded Snow Fairy's career. He is, of course, named in honour of Dunlop's late father who was closely associated with the mare's owner and breeder Cristina Patino.
Further FRANKEL juveniles out of Group/Grade 1 winners include the following, with fillies listed first and trainers noted where registered with Weatherbys or France Galop:
Alisol, out of Silasol; in training with Freddy Head
Light Of My Eyes, out of Divine Proportions
Ludisia, out of African Rose
Matchless Gift, out of Minorette; exported to Japan
River Dance, out of Cursory Glance
An unnamed filly out of Blueridge Mountain
An unnamed filly out of Danedream; exported to Japan
And then the colts:
Ask Peter Pan, out of Straight Girl; exported to Japan
Barn Owl, out of Thistle Bird; in training with Roger Charlton
Heres To Life, out of Sound Of Freedom; exported to Japan
Licence, out of Emollient
Lofoten, out of Gilt Edge Girl; in training with Willie McCreery
Seventh Kingdom, out of Nayarra
Spirit Mixer, out of Arabian Queen; in training with Andrew Balding
The Guvnor, out of Eva's Request; in training with Tom Clover
Zagato, out of Izzi Top; in training with John Gosden
An unnamed colt out of Margot Did
An unnamed colt out of Rizeena; in training with Simon Crisford
An unnamed colt out of Untapable; exported to the US
An unnamed colt out of Zagora
Moving from the FRANKEL two-year-olds out of top-class racemares to those out of accomplished producers, there are three siblings to Classic winners in store. There are two such fillies – Beloved, a half-sister to Japanese Derby winner Deep Brillante with Ed Walker, and Mehnah, a half-sister to Irish 2,000 Guineas scorer Awtaad – plus an unnamed half-brother to Golden Horn sent to Charlie Appleby after Godolphin gave 3,100,000gns for him as a yearling last autumn.
Baratti and Netherton are two names to conjure with as they are both half-siblings to two Group 1 winners. The former, a colt in training with Andre Fabre, is a half-brother to Byword and Proviso, while the latter is a half-sister to Cannock Chase and Star Catcher (and, by the by, a third Royal Ascot winner in Pisco Sour).
Finally, there are numerous siblings to 'just' one Group 1 winner:
Captious, a half-sister to Epicuris
Dalma, a half-sister to Sheikhzayedroad; in training with Roger Charlton
Fine Lace, a half-sister to Winsili
Hopefully Darling, a sister to Cracksman
Irreproachable, a brother to Veracious
Quilted, a sister to Quadrilateral; in training with Roger Charlton
Turandot, a half-sister to Amazing Maria; in training with David O'Meara
An unnamed half-sister to Lillie Langtry
An unnamed half-brother to Ridasiyna
An unnamed half-sister to Signs Of Blessing
An unnamed half-brother to Tower Of London
Among the other top-sellers in FRANKEL's two-year-old crop are an unnamed colt out of Auld Alliance, a winning Montjeu half-sister to Golan and Tartan Bearer, sold to MV Magnier for 700,000gns and with Aidan O'Brien; and a son of Tropical Paradise, a dual Group 3 winner by Verglas, who was sold to Alex Elliott on behalf of Amo Racing for 500,000gns and is in training with Michael Bell under the name Tony Montana.
It's a safe bet that at least a handful of FRANKEL's well-bred juveniles will go on to become top-notchers.
The crop could perhaps put the sire further along the path of eventually challenging his sire Galileo for champion status, and there is better to come; this was the last conceived at £125,000 as his current yearlings were bred when his fee rose to £175,000 after his debut three-year-olds included European champion Cracksman.
Date: 02 April 2020