Five more Frankels set to hit the track
Frankel: has supplied nine indiuidual winners in Europe from his first crop
PICTURE: Asuncion Pineyrua Five more juveniles by Frankel to hit the track
12:22PM 23 AUG 2016
FRANKEL has made a phenomenal start to his stud career with 15 winners already on the board and nine individual winners from just 13 of his offspring who have hit the racecourse in Europe. Our Newmarket correspondent David Milnes, who tracked the Sir Henry Cecil-trained superstar through his career on the Newmarket gallops, focuses on some of the second wave of baby Frankels who are about to hit the track.
Swiss Storm (David Elsworth)
This powerful colt could debut at the Newmarket July course, just as his sire did six years ago, as he is entered in a 7f maiden there on Friday. A half-brother to smart sprinters Swiss Spirit and Swiss Diva, Swiss Storm is still part-owned by his breeders Lordship Stud but it is noticeable Elsworth himself has also taken a share. In a rare move, Elsworth boxed the colt to the other side of Newmarket for an early morning exercise on the Al Bahathri last week which left connections purring.
Rainbow Legacy (Sir Michael Stoute)
Stoute is yet to run any of his Frankels, but this strapping colt is the most forward and not far off a run. Entered in next year's Investec Derby, he's the only Frankel on the books of Ballymacoll Stud and is bred to stay well as his dam is a sister to former Stoute-trained top-notchers Golan and Tartan Bearer. Rainbow Legacy has been pleasing in his work on the all-weather surfaces of late and can be expected to debut sometime next month over seven furlongs or a mile.
Eminent (Martyn Meade)
They have long been getting excited by this relatively cheap purchase -150,000gns – down at Sefton Lodge stables on the Bury Road and their dreams are expected to be tested in the coming weeks. Although he is related to sprinters, Eminent has been showing some staying qualities in his work of late, including when going right off the end of the watered gallop. That experience should stand him in good stead when the Group 2 Royal Lodge entry finally hits the track with connections waiting for some ease in the ground.
Tsavo (Hugo Palmer)
Palmer has already introduced the two-time winner Majoris from his trio of Frankel colts and the signs at Kremlin Cottage are that this son of Hazel Lavery could be the best of the lot. Tsavo is the first foal of a Group 3 St Simon Stakes winner and is expected to debut over seven furlongs or a mile in October.
Harba (William Haggas)
Haggas has half a dozen Frankels up his sleeve including Finsceal Beo's daughter La Figlia, still the most expensive to be sold at auction at €1.8 milllion. This less big-ticket item (300,000gns) is not far off her debut down at Somerville Lodge and has entries in the Group 2 Rockfel and Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes this autumn.