Frankel colt bids for first win at Saint-Cloud
Frankel: posted his fourth stakes winner on Thursday with Toulifaut
PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos) Frankel colt bids for first win at Saint-Cloud By Chris Hill 6:45PM 8 SEP 2016
LAST KINGDOM, the first runner in France by Frankel, has his second start on Friday when lining up in the Prix Guemul at Saint-Cloud at 1.30pm local time (12.30pm BST).
The contest over a mile could kick off a good day for ten-time Group 1 winner Frankel, who has made such a superb start to his stud career, with Majoris and Senator bidding to become the fifth individual black-type winner for the freshman sire in Doncaster's Listed Flying Scotsman Stakes following Toulifaut's victory in Thursday's Group 3 Prix d'Aumale.
Trained by Andre Fabre, Last Kingdom finished second at Clairefontaine on his first start over 7f in early July, beaten two lengths by Sunday's Group 3 Prix La Rochette runner-up Mate Story.
The juvenile was one of two colts by the dual world champion to change hands at last year's Keeneland September Yearling Sale when purchased by Hugo Merry Bloodstock on behalf of owner Prince Faisal's Nawara Stud for $500,000.
Bred by Michael and Reiko Baum, Last Kingdom is the second foal produced by the Kingmambo mare Compelling, meaning he is bred on the same cross as Hugo Palmer's two-time 7f winner Majoris.
A daughter of Damson, who was crowned champion Irish two-year-old filly in 2004 after victories in the Phoenix Stakes and Queen Mary Stakes, the 7f winner Compelling is a half-sister to 2011 Group 2 Flying Childers victor and freshman sire Requinto.
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The Peter Schiergen-trained Aufsteiger renews rivalry with Last Kingdom having been fourth in the Clairefontaine maiden on debut before going on to finish fifth behind subsequent Prix La Rochette winner Kontrastat last month at Deauville.
A son of Meshaheer, Aufsteiger is a half-brother to the Group 3-winning juvenile Moonee Valley from the family of dual US Grade 1 heroine Zagora, dual French Group 2 victor Titus Livius and German 1,000 Guineas winner Briseida.
Among their opponents is the Flaxman Holdings homebred filly Senga, a daughter of Blame who was runner-up at Deauville over 7½f on her first start for Pascal Bary and hails from one of her owner-breeders most successful families.
Out of the 5f winner Beta Leo, an A.P. Indy half-sister to 2003 Prix Marcel Boussac heroine Denebola, Senga is herself a half-sister to this season's 7f Listed Prix du Pont-Neuf scorer Bolting, a son of War Front.
Further back, it is the family of 1993 Prix Morny and Prix de la Salamandre winner Coup De Genie, grandam of dual European champion and five-time Group 1 hero Bago and two-time Group 1-winning miler Maxios.
Son of South American champion in Chester debut
Chester's opening race at 2.05pm sees Mark Johnston introduce the Poet's Voice colt Pennington in the 7½f maiden.
Bred by Darley out of the Southern Halo mare Pryka, a two-time Group 1 winner in Argentina and champion older mare in 2008, Pennington is a three-parts brother to Pacquita, a daughter of Dubawi who Johnston trained to win a mile handicap at Southwell.
Sale-topping colt out to break maiden at Salisbury
Later in the day at Salisbury, the impeccably bred New World Power will bid to register a first win for Roger Varian when contesting the 1m2f three-year-old maiden at 7.20pm.
The son of champion Japanese racehorse and sire Deep Impact has been placed on both his previous starts for Qatar Racing, firstly when runner-up to Ulysses at Newbury in May before finishing third at Sandown the following month.
New World Power was the most expensive of the clutch of horses bought by David Redvers on behalf of Qatar Racing at the 2014 JRHA Select Sale when purchased for ¥260 million (£1,395,460/
€2,034,681), a price that topped the sale's yearling session.
Bred by Northern Farm, he has an outstanding pedigree being a brother to the Japanese Grade 2 scorer Touching Speech out of 2007 Fillies' Mile heroine Listen, a sister to Group 1 winner Sequoyah, the dam of dual Classic hero Henrythenavigator.
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