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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 experiment."

Click here to see the Frankel yearlings offered at the Inglis Easter Sale

Date: 20 March 2020