Frankel colt has a Storm brewing at Haydock
Frankel colt has a Storm brewing at Haydock By Chris Hill 5:02PM 31 AUG 2016
THE Frankel show returns to Haydock on Thursday with the juvenile colt Swiss Storm making his debut for trainer David Elsworth in the 6f maiden at 2.30pm.
The Merseyside racecourse played host to the successful debuts of two other offspring of the ten-time Group 1 winner with subsequent Group 3 winner Fair Eva and Listed-placed Frankuus winning on successive days in early-June.
Bred by Lordship Stud, who part-own the colt with Elsworth, Swiss Storm is the ninth foal produced by the dual 5f Listed winner Swiss Lake, a daughter of Indian Ridge.
Swiss Lake has been responsible for seven winners to date with her most notable offspring being by stallions renowned for imparting speed into their progeny.
Lordship and Elsworth have teamed up successfully in the past with Swiss Diva, Swiss Lake's 2006 filly by Pivotal who secured Group 3 victories in France over 5f and 6f, the Oasis Dream filly Swiss Dream won three 6f Listed races and Swiss Franc, a son of Mr Greeley, was twice victorious over 5f and also finished runner-up to Henrythenavigator in the 2007 Coventry Stakes.
Additionally, John Gosden sent out the Invincible Spirit colt Swiss Spirit to claim a short-head success over Kingsgate Native in a 5f Group 3 at Newbury.
Swiss Storm has twice appeared at public sales, firstly when bought back for 350,000gns at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale before Suzanne Roberts paid 235,000gns to secure the son of Frankel at Book 1 of last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.
Blue-blooded colts set for debut
The Darley homebred is the first foal produced by the twice-placed Monsun mare Moonsail, a sister to Listed scorer Kailani and half-sister to Sheema Classic winner Eastern Anthem out of the 2002 1,000 Guineas and Oaks heroine Kazzia.
The Tom Dascombe-trained colt Katmandoo was bred by Ken and Sarah Ramsey using their leading sire Kitten's Joy and was purchased at last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale by Sackville Donald for 230,000gns.
Out of the triple US winner Granny Franny, a daughter of Grand Slam, Katmandoo is a brother to four winners including Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes heroine Kitten's Dumplings and Listed victress Granny Mc's Kitten.
Another colt entered in the contest and bought by Sackville Donald is Poseidon, a son of Born To Sea who made €320,000 when offered by Croom House Stud at last year's Goffs Orby Sale.
The eighth foal produced by the 5f winner Maskaya, a Machiavellian half-sister to the Listed scorer Modeeroch and Group 1-placed Danaskaya, dam of dual Group 1 winner Belardo, Poseidon is a half-brother to this season's Group 3 Lillie Langtry Stakes winner California as well as 2008 Criterium de Saint-Cloud runner-up Drumbeat.
Salisbury debut for half-sister to Secret Gesture
Owned by Newsells Park Stud, who bred the filly in partnership with Darley, Secret Soul was purchased by Charlie Gordon-Watson Bloodstock for 800,000gns at Book 1 of last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.
However, that price lags some way behind the 3.6million gns paid by M V Magnier to secure Secret Soul's half-brother by Galileo – the subsequent 1m2f Group 3 winner Sir Isaac Newton – at the 2013 yearling sale.
That price was no doubt helped by the exploits of another sibling by Galileo, the 2013 Listed Lingfield Oaks Trial winner and Oaks runner-up Secret Gesture, though it was only enough to make Sir Isaac Newton the second priciest yearling at the sale with Al Naamah, a sister to 2012 Oaks heroine Was, bought by Al Shaqab Racing for a record-breaking five million guineas.
Out of the 1m4f to 1m5f winner and Listed runner-up Shastye, a Danehill half-sister to top-class French colts Sagamix and Sagacity, Secret Soul is also a half-sister to the Australian Listed scorer Maurus, a son of Medicean who fetched €320,000 when bought by Waratah Thoroughbreds at the 2012 Arqana August Yearling Sale.
Secret Gesture was herself bought back for 230,000gns when offered at the 2011 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale and went on to land the Group 2 Middleton Stakes in 2015 before being controversially disqualified after finishing first past the post in the Grade 1 Beverly D Stakes.
With Newsells Park Stud achieving significant returns from Shastye's offspring at Park Paddocks in the past, much will be expected when her 2015 filly by Galileo goes under the hammer as lot 309 at this year's sale.