Goodwood showdown for sons of Frankel

Head-to-head for sons of Frankel at Goodwood
By Chris Hill 7:33PM 8 OCT 2016

TWO sons of Frankel line up at Goodwood on Sunday, with Andrew Balding selecting the 1m1f maiden at 4.20pm to debut the juvenile colt Count Octave where his opponents include paternal brother Monarchs Glen, a John Gosden-trained son of the ten-time Group 1 winner who lost out by a short head on his first start at the track in September.

Owned and bred by Qatar Racing, Count Octave is the eighth foal out of three-time 1m to 1m2f winner Honorine, a Mark Of Esteem half-sister to Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes victor Indian Creek, who also foaled a filly by Frankel last year.

Honorine has produced five previous winners with Count Octave a three-parts brother to Treasure Beach, crowned champion three-year-old colt in Ireland in 2011 after victory in the Irish Derby. The son of Galileo also claimed the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington and the Group 3 Chester Vase and came within a head of landing the Derby at Epsom behind Pour Moi.

Count Octave is a half-brother to the Authorized filly Honor Bound, winner of the 2014 Lingfield Oaks Trial, and Heartless – a daughter of New Approach who won a 1m2f Newbury maiden for Balding last season. He is also a half-brother to Elidor, runner-up in the 2012 renewal of this race and winner of four races from 1m4f to 1m6f and who has been placed three times at stakes level.

With plenty of stamina in his pedigree it is understandable that Count Octave holds an entry in next year's Derby and a good showing on Sunday would certainly raise hopes that he could be the colt to secure a first Classic for Frankel.

A Juddmonte homebred, Monarchs Glen is the fifth foal produced by Khalid Abdullah's Grade 3 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Stakes and 7f Listed Prix d'Angerville winner Mirabilis, a Lear Fan half-sister to 2003 Prix de Diane and Prix du Moulin heroine Nebraska Tornado and Group 2 Prix Eugene-Adam victor Burning Sun.

Mirabilis has been responsible for three winners to date and Monarchs Glen is a half-brother to the Oasis Dream filly Cordial, a winner over 5f and 6f, the Empire Maker colt Oversteer who was successful in Sweden over a mile, and Ruffled, a 1m1½f-winning daughter of Harlan's Holiday.

Gosden is also set to be represented by the debutant Pealer in a contest the trainer landed four years ago with subsequent six-time Grade 1-winning hurdler Nichols Canyon.

From a strong German family, Pealer is a son of freshman sire Campanologist, a four-time Group 1 winner who stands at Gestut Fahrhof near Bremen in Germany.

The colt is out of the German 7f winner and dual Listed-placed Praia, a Big Shuffle half-sister to 2004 Criterium de Saint-Cloud victress Paita and 2000 German Oaks heroine Puntilla, granddam of this season's Group 2 Oettingen-Rennen scorer Pas De Deux.

A 140,000gns purchase by Blandford Bloodstock at Book 1 of last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Pealer is a half-brother to four winners including this season's 1m2f Group 2 Prix Dollar hero Potemkin and German Listed scorer Paraisa.

Curragh debut for pricey son of War Front

The Curragh's opening 6f maiden at 2.05pm sees Aidan O'Brien introduce Spirit Of Valor, a two-year-old son of War Front who was the priciest colt foal to change hands at the 2014 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale when purchased by Clear Ridge Stables for $850,000.

Owned by a partnership involving Stonestreet Stables and the Coolmore partners, Spirit Of Valor is out of the 6½f dirt winner Stone Hope, a Grindstone half-sister to 1m1f US Grade 2 victor Brilliant from the family of Grade 1 Jerome Handicap hero Furiously.

The 14-year-old mare is the dam of four previous winners with Spirit Of Valor being a three-parts brother to Hope Chant, a three-time winner from 5½f to a mile by War Chant, and half-brother to 1m½f US Listed victor Street Life and 6f scorers The Magic Stone and Prayer Cloth.

Stone Hope foaled a colt by Orb last season and this year produced a colt by Giant's Causeway.

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