FRANKEL'S HUNGRY HEART HEADS TO GOLDEN SLIPPER
Two-year-old FRANKEL filly Hungry Heart lines up in Saturday's Golden Slipper Stakes Gr.1 at Rosehill Gardens. The TDN's Kelsey Riley looks at the connection between her breeders Yulong Investments and FRANKEL.
Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News, 20th March 2020, by Kelsey Riley:
Joining the runners in the Slipper starting gate is Yulong
Investments' Hungry Heart. Yulong, through Australian-based
agent Sheamus Mills, purchased Hungry Heart's dam, Harlech (Pivotal), for 60,000gns from the Godolphin draft at
the 2016 Tattersalls July Sale as a three-year-old, Harlech having
started once for trainer Saeed bin Suroor.
Harlech was sent to FRANKEL on Southern Hemisphere time before being
exported, and was offered carrying Hungry Heart at the
following June's Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. In
what is now looks like an especially astute move, Yulong bought
Harlech back for A$500,000.
Hungry Heart herself went through
the ring at last year's Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale,
but was bought back by Yulong for A$300,000. Since producing
Hungry Heart, Harlech has foaled a yearling colt and a filly foal
both by Snitzel.
Hungry Heart didn't make a public appearance until 11th January,
when she was second in a Flemington allowance, and she
returned to Chris Waller's Sydney base to break her maiden in
the 29th February Sweet Embrace Stakes Gr.2. She is bred on the same cross
as Group 1 winners Cracksman and Veracious, and
Yulong's Chief Operating Officer Sam Fairgray said it was the
broodmare sire that drew Yulong owner Yuesheng Zhang to
Harlech in the Tattersalls ring.
"Mr. Zhang likes Pivotal," Fairgray said. "That would have been
the main reason why he went after her. It turns out that
Cracksman is out of a Pivotal mare as well, and it's very exciting
to have a filly by FRANKEL running in the Golden Slipper."
Like Siyouni, FRANKEL has a high strike rate from low numbers
Down Under. He has had 15 winners from 22 runners in
Australia and three stakes winners for a strike rate of 13.5%
stakes winners to runners. Those other stakes winners are the Tea Rose Stakes Gr.2 (1400m) winner Miss Fabulass (who was
second in last weekend's Coolmore Classic Gr.1), out of a
Redoute's Choice mare, and Finche, who was bred by
Juddmonte in Newmarket and is out of a daughter of Woodman.
Finche won a pair of group races going 10 and 12 furlongs in
France at three and four before being partially sold and
expatriated to join Chris Waller, where he has been twice placed
in pattern company. Eminent was another to start his
career in the North before relocating to Australia, where he was
second in the Ranvet Stakes Gr.1.
FRANKEL received a select group of
top-class Australian mares to Southern Hemisphere time in his
first year at stud, resulting in the likes of the Group 3-placed
Merovee and the winning Woman for John
Singleton's Strawberry Hill Stud.
Yulong offers five yearlings by FRANKEL at the Inglis Easter
yearling sale on 7th and 8th April, and a good showing by Hungry
Heart this weekend would be a great boost to their profiles.
"Mr. Zhang loves FRANKEL and for three years he bred five or six
mares to him so we have yearlings going to the Inglis Easter sale
by FRANKEL, and we have foals on the ground by FRANKEL," Fairgray said. "It's an experiment Mr. Zhang has tried, getting
the mares in foal to FRANKEL and bringing them out here and it's
great that Hungry Heart is from the first crop of that
Click here to see the Frankel yearlings offered at the Inglis Easter Sale
Date: 20 March 2020