Frankel’s fifth Pattern winner lands in Japan

Frankel: has excelled with his first crop of two-year-olds

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker ( Frankel's fifth Pattern winner lands in Japan By Martin Stevens 1:32PM 5 NOV 2016

THE European Flat turf season may be at an end but Frankel's flying start as a first-season sire is showing no signs of slowing, as on Saturday he was represented by a fifth Pattern winner when daughter Mi Suerte scored in the Grade 3 Kyoto Sho Fantasy Stakes in Japan.

Mi Suerte, trained by Yasutoshi Ikee for Sunday Racing Co, came with a withering late run to win the 7f contest easily by one and a quarter lengths, with outsider Show Way (by Meisho Bowler) in second, and the Harbinger filly Deirdre in third.

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She joins Queen Kindly (Lowther Stakes), Fair Eva (Princess Margaret Stakes), Frankuus (Prix de Conde) and Toulifaut (Prix d'Aumale) among Frankel's quintet of Group/Graded-winning offspring.

Frankel, an unbeaten dual world champion who stands at Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket, has also sired Listed-placed Cunco among 18 winners worldwide.

Mi Suerte was bred by Northern Farm out of the nine-year-old Pulpit mare Mi Sueno, who took the scalp of Blind Luck when she won the Grade 1 Debutante Stakes at Del Mar in 2009.

Originally a $1.7 million Keeneland September yearling, she was sold on at the end of her racing career to Northern Farm's Katsumi Yoshida for $1.9m at Fasig-Tipton, with Mi Suerte in-utero.

Mi Sueno is out of Grade 1 Ashland Stakes winner and Kentucky Oaks third Madcap Escapade, a half-sister to Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes winner Dubai Escapade.

Madcap Escapade is in turn a daughter of the Listed-winning Saratoga Six mare Sassy Pants, a half-sister to stakes winners Apalachee Special and Delicatessa.

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