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second-season sires Leading European second-season sires by stakes wnrs Stallion

Stakes Wnrs

Frankel 15 Helmet 5 Nathaniel 4 Excelebration 3 Campanologist 3 Rio De La Plata 3 Redoute’s Choice 3 Sepoy 3 Rajsaman 3 Torok 2 Tai Chi 2 Nathaniel

Leading European second-season sires by % w-r (with more than 10 runners in 2017)

Stats from Weatherbys

Stallion Wnrs/Rnrs Frankel 47.87 Excelebration 47.41 Captain Chop 46.15 Jukebox Jury 45.76 Sir Prancealot 45.36 Campanologist 43.64 Dragon Pulse 43.53 Rio De La Plata 43.48 Bated Breath 43.09 Born To Sea 41.24 Mayson 40.66 Foxwedge 39.53 Nathaniel 38.89 Redoute’s Choice 38.10

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a successful year with his first three-year-olds and he too is likely to secure a place as an elite sire in the near future. Both these sons of Galileo produced top horses, as well as a large number of high-class ones and their second crop of two-year-olds are, in both cases, looking more promising at this stage than their first one did at the same time last year. Frankel’s first three-year-olds included the Group 1 winners and top horses Cracksman in Europe and Soul Stirring in Japan as well as 19 others rated 100 or higher by the Racing Post. This is a level of success only consistently matched by Galileo and Dubawi. Frankel appears to be a similar type of stallion to his own sire Galileo. Many of his best horses are middle-distance horses, 57 per cent of his three-year-old wins have come over 1m2f or further, and his best two horses to date are out of mares by Pivotal and Monsun, two broodmare sires who have worked well with Galileo, too. From two crops of two-year-olds Frankel has already produced eight two-year-old Group winners and with the right mares he can clearly produce high-class precocious horses, even if many of his progeny stay 1m2f and further at three. Aside from his two-year-old Group winners Elarqam, Nelson and Rostropovich he had some promising maiden winners as prospects for 2018 including Veracious, Contingent, Herculean in Europe, and Signalize in Japan.

Enable backed up by the numbers

Nathaniel produced a great champion in his first crop which is an unusual achievement in itself, but aside from Enable there were 14 other three-year-olds with a rating of 100 or higher – ten colts and four other fillies. Two features which stand out from Nathaniel’s first three-year-olds are, first, that they appear to be mainly middle-distance horses, Ronald R is the only one of those rated 100 or higher whose best performance came at a mile. Enable has the speed to win top races over 1m2f at least, but was raced over longer trips from May onwards. Second, Nathaniel’s progeny improved spectacularly from two to three, and throughout their three-year-old season. Enable, Melodic Motion and God Given, his best three fillies, all improved between 20 and 26lb between their first start at three

From two crops of two-year-olds Frankel has already produced eight two-year-old Group winners Nathaniel’s wonderful filly Enable after her Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe victory. It is very rare for a stallion to produce such a champion in so early a crop

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Stallion Review 2017, including Frankel, Mickley Stud, a wealth of stallion statistics and an interview with Elite Racing Club, owner-breede...