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frankel review

The gift that keeps on giving An impressed Alan Porter reviews the strides Frankel has made early in his stallion career

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he bloodstock world is a fast-moving one, and doesn’t leave a lot of time for resting on laurels. So it wasn’t long after Frankel retired to stud in 2013 with an unblemished record of 14 wins in 14 starts, and a near-universal acknowledgement that he was a contender for the title of the greatest racehorse ever seen in Europe, or for that matter, anywhere else in the world, that the focus switched to his prospects a stallion. Those accolades, of course, are not a guarantee of success as a stallion, and many a very good runner has failed to live up to their racetrack achievements in their time at stud. Brigadier Gerard, who arguably put together the most impressive sequence of victories in modern era prior to Frankel, made very little impact as a stallion. For Frankel, his pedigree, although excellent, also posed a challenge. He is not only a grandson of Sadler’s Wells, and a son of Galileo, who between

them have dominated the European sire ranks for the better part of 30 years, but is also out of a mare by Danehill, a Danzig horse whose daughters have proved to be far and away the most prolific stakes-producing cross for Galileo. Thus, unless some close inbreeding was deemed acceptable, Frankel would be denied the option to cross with Europe’s premier Classic sire line, and with his sire’s leading cross (although we should note that Teofilo, who is bred on an identical cross, and was never the subject of such queries, has 60 stakes winners from his seven northern hemisphere crops). Frankel’s first crop yearlings reached the sales ring in 2015, and although they sold for an average of $712,618, there was some disappointment expressed at the time that he hadn’t “stamped his stock,” his offspring apparently coming in all shapes and sizes. Whether a stallion stamps his stock or not has never been much guide to his merit as a sire of racehorses, however, and so it proved with Frankel.

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