Juddmonte Farms

In-depth Analysis

By Claire Curry

Galileo has well and truly established himself as the pre-eminent sire in the world. He has produced at least two Gr.1 winners and at least one Classic winner in each of his first 13 crops to race, and his 14th crop has already yielded a Gr.1-winning two-year-old. He has been the champion sire in Europe for the past nine seasons, with his most successful crop to date being the one born in 2008. This group included nine individual winners at the highest level (five of which won Classics), headed by FRANKEL.

As a Derby-winning son of the legendary Sadler’s Wells and the Arc de Triomphe winner Urban Sea, Galileo had all of the elements to succeed. Since retiring to stud, his pedigree has received a major boost through the exploits of three Gr.1-winning full/half-siblings, most notably the truly outstanding racehorse and leading sire Sea The Stars. 

Galileo is already making a name for himself as a sire of sires with the number of his sons having produced Group winners into double figures. Two of these, the Dewhurst winners New Approach and Teofilo, both got off to the best possible start by siring two-year-old Gr.1 winners and Classic winners in their first crops. Galileo’s other Dewhurst winner to have runners is none other than FRANKEL – who repeated the feat of having a Gr.1 winning two-year-old and a Classic winner in his first crop. FRANKEL has quickly established himself as the leading stallion son of Galileo – despite only having three crops of racing age he already has more Northern Hemisphere sired Group winners than New Approach (7 crops of racing age) and he already has two-thirds of the amount as Teofilo (9 crops of racing age). 

Juddmonte have had three broodmares who produced three Group winners from their first three foals – the first two to achieve the feat were Hasili and Toussaud. Not only did these mares go on to be awarded Broodmare Of The Year – they have also had stallion sons who sired Gr.1 winners (DANSILI, CACIQUE and CHAMPS ELYSEES for Hasili; EMPIRE MAKER and CHESTER HOUSE for Toussaud). The third mare is Kind - the dam of FRANKEL.   

Kind’s first foal was the Sadler’s Wells colt Bullet Train, winner of the Lingfield Derby Trial Gr.3 but more famously known as the pacemaker for FRANKEL. He started his stud career in Kentucky, as has Noble Mission, who memorably became a triple Gr.1 winner in 2014. Kind’s fourth son to stand at stud is the OASIS DREAM colt Morpheus, while her 2013 son Proconsul is also now a stallion - maintaining Kind's record of having all her sons standing at stud. Kind’s only fillies to date are a yearling by Galileo and the dual Listed winner and multiple Group placed Joyeuse (by OASIS DREAM) - who retired to stud in 2015 and has since produced fillies by Shamardal (three-year-old Jubiloso, in training with Stoute) and Dubawi (two-year-old), and a yearling colt by Galileo. Kind was a very talented sprinter who liked to race prominently. A six-time winner, including twice in Listed company, her speed could have been predicted from her strong physique but arguably not from her pedigree. Although she is by Danehill, her dam Rainbow Lake won the Lancashire Oaks over a mile and a half. A daughter of RAINBOW QUEST, Rainbow Lake had already produced the dual Gr.1 winner Powerscourt the year before Kind was born, and subsequently the Group winners Last Train and Riposte. Rainbow Lake’s dam Rockfest was introduced into the Juddmonte broodmare band in 1983 – 30 years prior to FRANKEL, a third generation homebred, embarking on his own stud career.   

The latest stakes winner to emerge from the family is the Dubawi filly Desert Diamond, a granddaughter of Rainbow Lake. She won the Lyric Fillies' Stakes at York and was subsequently Group Three-placed in Ireland in 2018 before transferring to race in America this year.

Some racehorses have moments of brilliance - FRANKEL was consistently brilliant. He is the only horse to have run to a Timeform rating in the 140’s six times (recording the highest ever Timeform rating of 147). He is also the only horse to run to an official rating of 140 twice and is the highest rated horse since the International Classifications began. In an unbeaten career he has been champion at two, three and four years of age (the only horse to achieve this feat unbeaten) – in the process setting a record for consecutive European Gr.1 wins – and beating 23 individual Gr.1 winners of 50 Gr.1 races by a cumulative winning distance of over 76 lengths.

There were many jaw-dropping moments in FRANKEL’s career – his majestic 10-length victory in the Royal Lodge Stakes at two years; the raw power and exuberance of his front-running display in the 2000 Guineas; his complete annihilation of the opposition in the Queen Anne Stakes; his effortless step up to 10.5 furlongs in front of an appreciative Yorkshire crowd in the Juddmonte International; the sense of overwhelming happiness and relief tinged with sadness when he made his triumphant final start at Ascot in the Champion Stakes.

From soft ground to good to firm; over distances ranging from seven to 10.5 furlongs; aged two, three and four – FRANKEL’s long stride and outstanding natural ability carried him effortlessly through his racing career. As Tony Morris so eloquently writes, FRANKEL is: “The greatest horse most of us have seen, or will ever see… I’ve never known another horse with such a high cruising speed and the capacity to sustain maximum velocity for so long. He is a phenomenon.”

FRANKEL has made a truly outstanding start at stud – illustrated by him reaching 20 Northern Hemisphere Group winners quicker than any other European stallion in the history of the Pattern. 

FRANKEL is now the sire of 56 blacktype performers (conceived in the Northern Hemisphere) and has 26 individual Group winners headed by the runaway dual Champion Stakes winner and Timeform’s highest-rated racehorse Cracksman, dual Japanese Champion and Classic winner Soul Stirring, St James’s Palace Stakes winner Without Parole, and the Gr.1 winners Mozu Ascot and Call The Wind FRANKEL’s stellar first crop has produced an outstanding 17% Group winners to foals and overall he is operating at a phenomenal  28% blacktype performers to runners. Since Frankel retired to stud (2014 to 2016 crops), Galileo is the only sire in the Northern Hemisphere to produce more Group and Stakes winners than him (as of 10th January 2019) and his stakes and Group winners to runners percentage is also second only to Galileo. In other words FRANKEL has very quickly established himself amongst the world’s elite stallions. 

The success on the racetrack was mirrored by continued success in the sales ring – with FRANKEL having the sixth highest yearling average of any stallion standing in Europe and North America. He had 21 yearlings sell for an average of  over £350,000, while his 9 foals averaged over £460,000.

 FRANKEL’s two-year-old crop in 2019 is numerically his smallest, but they are still a very well bred bunch. They include progeny out of the Gr.1 winners Adoration, Bethrah, Danedream, Eva’s Request, Heat Haze, Proportional, Ribbons, Tates Creek and Vodka. There are also half-siblings to Gr.1 winners Bago, Enable, Flotilla, Kingsgate Native, Magnificent Song, Masked Marvel, Maxios, Plumania, Rip Van Winkle, Sultanina and Winsili. 

His 2018 book was exceptionally strong – and will result in foals out of Gr.1 winners African Rose, Arabian Queen, Attraction, Avenge, Baltic Baroness, Cursory Glance, Daryakana, Emollient, Estimate, Finest City, Jemayel, Lady Of Shamrock, Left Hand, Louvain, Majmu, Molly Malone, Mossfun, Nuovo Record, Persuasive, Ribbons, Safari Queen, Shonan Adela, Simple Verse, Speedy Boarding, Spring In The Air, Stacelita, Tates Creek, Timepiece, Untapable and Vodka. There will be full/half siblings to Gr.1 winners Aclaim, Ajman Princess, Almanzor, Al Wukair, Bayrir, Blue Bunting, Cracksman, Dariyan, Epicuris, Eqtidaar, Erupt, Giofra, Golden Horn, Harbour Law, Indonesienne, Lillie Langtry, Marsha, Moonlight Cloud, Oh Susanna, Polarisation, Reckless Abandon, Ridasiyna and Winsili born in 2019.