Frankel ahead of peers with first Grade 1 winner
Frankel: quicker than Galileo to supply first top-level winner
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos) Frankel ahead of peers with first Grade 1 winner By Martin Stevens 5:55PM 12 DEC 2016
FRANKEL has beaten all bar one of this year's leading sires in Europe by prize-money to supply a first Grade/Group 1 winner, comparing their respective careers.
His own sire, perennial champion Galileo, passed the milestone when first-crop daughter Nightime won the Irish 1,000 Guineas in May 2006.
Dubawi and Shamardal also achieved the feat with first-crop Classic winners in May, with Makfi and Lope De Vega (although Shamardal's first Australian crop had yielded Crown Oaks winner Faint Perfume before then).
Sea The Stars' first Group 1 winner Vazira also struck in the May of his sophomore season, although that came retrospectively on the disqualification of We Are in the Prix Saint-Alary.
Frankel has not managed to beat his breed-shaping grandfather Sadler's Wells – the sire of Galileo – who set the tone for a stupendous stallion career by supplying dead-heaters Prince Of Dance and Scenic in the Dewhurst Stakes in his first crop.
Not having a first-season two-year-old Group 1 winner is no bar to becoming an elite-level sire; of this year's top ten in Europe, only Acclamation had achieved that with Middle Park Stakes winner Dark Angel.
It is also worth pointing out that a first-crop two-year-old Group 1 winner is not always the harbinger of a successful stallion career. The likes of Dubai Destination, Henrythenavigator, Oratorio, Rip Van Winkle and Strategic Prince managed it but fell out of favour with British and Irish Flat breeders.
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