Frankel can build on first season success
Frankel: covered six Classic winners in 2014 including Ramruma
PICTURE: Asuncion Pineyrua Frankel can build on first season success By Ollie O'Donoghue 12:37PM 4 JAN 2017
FRANKEL'S remarkable year as a first-season sire peaked when his daughter Soul Stirring won the Grade 1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies in Japan last month. That victory followed on from Queen Kindly's Group 2 Lowther Stakes success, with Cunco, Fair Eva, Frankuus, Mi Suerte and Toulifant also getting off the mark in Group company.
And with a total of 18 winners worldwide by the close of 2016, anticipation is building for both Frankel's second crop, and the chance to see just how well his progeny have trained on as three-year-olds.
His yearlings who went through the ring last year will be competing as juveniles this year, and they will be aiming to bolster Frankel's already impressive record as a sire of two-year-olds.
Off the back of his first crop's success, the European yearling average for Frankel increased by three per cent in 2016 to 477,254gns, with 23 sold from 26 offered.
One observation that may temper enthusiasm is the number of Group-winning mares Frankel covered in his second season at Banstead Manor Stud fell from 67 (44 per cent of the total) to 53 (37 per cent), and that he covered 143 in total – nine fewer than in 2013.
However, when you delve a little deeper into the pedigrees of those 143 mares it is hard not to think this year's two-year-olds may well pick up where 2016's left off.
Shadwell spent 1,600,000gns for the February-born colt out of champion two- and three-year-old Attraction, who won both the 1,000 Guineas and Irish 1,000 Guineas and is the dam of Fountain Of Youth, who won the 5f Group 3 Sapphire Stakes. The colt is in training with Mark Johnston and has been named Elarqam.
MV Magnier, Mayfair Speculators and Peter and Ross Doyle were also busy at the higher end of the market for Frankel yearlings and went to 1,300,000gns for a colt out of the Pivotal mare Peeress, a classy miler who was successful in the Lockinge and Sun Chariot Stakes. Her April-born colt is in training with Aidan O'Brien.
They also went to seven figures to secure a colt out of the Machiavellian mare Tyranny. She won twice at three and is already the dam of two sons at stud – Denmark-based Wilshire Boulevard and popular Coolmore sire Zoffany, winner of the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes over 6f. The February-born colt is in training with O'Brien.
Frankel also covered a Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner in Danedream, while among the Classic-winning mares are three who landed the Oaks. Casual Look, a daughter of Red Ransom, was trained by Andrew Balding when she won at Epsom, while Sariska won for Michael Bell in the colours of Lady Bamford; the latter's juvenile colt is in training with John Gosden. Ramruma won the race in 1999 for Sir Henry Cecil and her yearling filly was bought by Joe Foley for €225,000.
Ramruma and Sariska also won the Irish equivalent, as did Moonstone. The latter is the dam of US Army Ranger, runner-up in this year's Derby, and her colt yearling will follow in his footsteps and head into training at Ballydoyle.
One who could make into a nice three-year-old is the colt out of Midday, a six-time Group 1 winner from 1m2f to 1m4f, including the Nassau Stakes three times. She has already produced Midterm by Galileo, who beat Algometer in the Group 3 Classic Trial at Sandown in April.
Another to win the Nassau Stakes is the Dansili mare Winsili, a winner of the Goodwood contest on her fifth start for Gosden and owner Khalid Abdullah. Winsili's colt yearling has been named Beau Rivage.
Fair Eva was one of Frankel's best early performers. She won the Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot in July over 6f to suggest her two-year-old brother might be a nice early type to look forward to for the coming season.
While it is impossible to say until they have hit the track, there are enough pedigree pointers to suggest Frankel's second crop could be every bit as good as his first was at two.
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