Offspring of a champion: the best Frankels of 2016
Frankel: champion of champions is now making waves as a stallion
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Offspring of a champion: the best of the Frankels
By David Baxter 6:00PM 25 OCT 2016
Frankel was a superstar during his an unforgettable and unbeaten racing career and he has clearly passed on some of his prodigious talent to his offspring. After a hugely successful first season as a stallion we look at the best of his juveniles to hit the track – and some that are still to be unleashed….
Queen Kindly – Richard Fahey
This season's Lowther winner is the top-earning Frankel juvenile so far with over £138,000 banked and she showed bags of progress through her first four starts culminating in the York win.
The Lowther form has stood up well, and although Queen Kindly was unable to confirm the form with Roly Poly in the Cheveley Park, when a below-par fourth, she still rates an exciting prospect.
Her stamina looks suspect for the Qipco 1,000 Guineas, for which she is 20-1, and she may prove best as a sprinter.
Seven Heavens – John Gosden
Robert Havlin riding Seven Heavens (left)
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Two from two before taking a big hike in class for the Dewhurst, this colt has inherited some of his dad's headstrong tendencies as he was far too free at Newmarket and compromised any chance he had in that Group 1.
He can be backed at 25-1 for the Qipco 2,0oo Guineas and it would be nice to see him in a trial first, but he should have the stamina for the Classic and the dam, Heaven Sent, improved with age.
Cracksman – John Gosden
A winner on debut at Newmarket over a mile in what could prove a decent maiden, this colt impressed many with his willing attitude, and is one to keep a close eye on next year.
He is considered a 1m2f horse for next season by Gosden so the 2,000 Guineas may be too sharp, but the Derby, for which he can be backed at 33-1, could be an option. A return to Newmarket for a conditions race next April has already been mentioned as starting point for his three-year-old campaign.
Swiss Storm – David Elsworth
The exciting Swiss Storm, trained by David Elsworth
Sent off at odds-on for his debut at Haydock, this colt was too green and finished seventh. He was a different proposition next time out and won cosily at Newbury.
The Racing Post Trophy was under consideration following that victory, but connections swerved the Group 1. He is one to take note of and has an entry for the Irish 2,000 Guineas.
Ambrosia – Roger Varian
This filly made her debut earlier in the month, and while only sixth, shaped with lots of promise. A slow start compromised her chances somewhat, but she stayed on nicely in the straight under hands and heels.
She could be seen later this week at Newmarket, and has a stack of Pattern performers in her pedigree. She should prove smart.
And three who have yet to appear…
Elyaasaat – William Haggas
Another who could be seen this week at Newmarket, this colt has a cracking pedigree, and his trainer has hopes he could be one to be excited about next year.
Erdogan – John Gosden
If you wanted a dream pairing in the breeding sheds, Frankel by multiple Group 1 winner Dar Re Mi would be close to the top of this list, and this colt will cause a buzz whenever he makes his debut.
He cost 750,000 guineas, is owned by Al Shaqab Racing and is one to set a reminder for when his debut comes around.
La Figlia – Jeremy Noseda
Like Erdogan, this filly has a bloodline to die for as her mum is the 2007 1,000 Guineas winner Finsceal Beo.
She fetched €1.8 million at the sales and big things will be expected.