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frankel review of the swift Rahy mare, Lady Of The Desert, a three-time Group winner who was also three times Group 1 placed. The grand-dam Queen’s Logic was a European champion twoyear-old filly. Queen Kindly has an interesting pedigree pattern, as Lady Of The Desert is a Blushing Groom/Danzig cross, the reverse of Frankel’s dam Kind with Blushing Groom through the somewhat similarly bred Rainbow Quest and Rahy. This year’s Somerville Tattersalls Stakes (G3) scorer Elarqam is out the wonderful racemare Attraction, a daughter of Efisio and from the Forli line. Elarqam’s grand-dam is by Pursuit Of Love, who brings in both Blushing Groom and Nijinsky. The positive impact of Blushing Groom almost rivals that of Nijinsky, as he is in the dams of 39 starters by Frankel, eight of them stakes winners, and six Group class.

proved to be very inspiring that with the other leading European source of Danzig, Green Desert looks more promising. There are eight starters from mares by sons of Green Desert, and they include stakes winners Mori and Rubilinda.

Inbreeding to Danehill avoided by many

The first European Group 1 winner, Cracksman

Moving on to crosses with Frankel’s own male-line we have one cross that’s tended be something of a disappointing one for Sadler’s Wells and Galileo – that with mares by the French multiple champion sire, Linamix. Frankel’s stakes winner on that cross is Frankuus, successful in the Rose of Lancaster Stakes (G3) and Prix de Conde (G3). We should also mention that the second dam of Frankuus is the Group 1-winning twoyear-old Pharoah’s Delight, who is by Sadler’s Wells’s brother, Fairy King. Frankuus is also closely related to Galileo’s good son Red Rocks, who is out of a halfsister to the dam of Frankuus, and so also has Sadler’s Wells/Fairy King. It would appear that to date breeders have been somewhat wary about crossing Frankel back over mares by sons of his broodmare sire, Danehill. There have only been eight starters so far bred on that cross, including the Sandown Classic Trial (G3) winner, Cunco. He’s an intensely inbred horse as his second dam is by Sadler’s Wells so he is 3x3 to both of Frankel’s grandsires. Sadler’s Wells inbreeding has so far appeared in 21 of Frankel’s starters, six winners, and three stakes winners, all group. In all three group winners, the duplication is via the second dam.

Yet crossing with Green Desert working well If crossing Frankel back over Danehill has not

If crossing Frankel back over Danehill has not proved to be very inspiring, that with the other leading European source of Danzig, Green Desert looks more promising

Mori, successful in the Height of Fashion Stakes and runner-up in the Ribblesdale Stakes (G2), is a daughter of Midday (Oasis Dream), herself a winner of six Group and Grade 1 races. Mori’s second dam Midsummer is a daughter of Kingmambo, so giving another successful appearance of that horse. Rubilinda, her sire’s first US stakes scorer, has won three of her four races including the Christiecat Stakes at 6f, and the Pebbles Stakes at a mile. She is out of Rubia, a stakes-placed daughter of Invincible Spirit. The second dam Riyafa is by Kahyasi, who combines two horses we’ve identified as positive influences, Nijinsky and Blushing Groom.

The European Group 1 winner arrives

If there was one thing at which to cavail as Frankel’s second season with runners approached it’s close, it was the absence of a European Group 1 winner. That slight aberration was amended in style on October 21. Cracksman, a winner of his only race at two, entered the early-season Classic picture with a win in the Investec Derby Trial. He wasn’t seen in action again until Epsom where he finished a good third beaten just a length in the Derby (G1). Cracksman came even closer to Classic glory in the Irish equivalent when he came within a length of catching Capri. The first signs that Cracksman might be something even more out of the ordinary came in Cracksman’s fourth outing, the Great Voltigeur Stakes (G2) in which he strode away to score by 6l. That impression was confirmed by a bloodless three and a half-length victory in the Prix Niel (G2). Avoiding the temptation to take on his stable-companion Enable in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1), Cracksman was aimed at the Champion Stakes (G1), the race in which five years ago Frankel brought his glorious career to it’s triumphant conclusion. Made favourite, Cracksman delivered a performance of which his sire would have been proud. Powering clear to score by 6l, Cracksman earned a rating that deposed Enable from the top of the European rankings. Cracksman is out of the French Listed winner Rhadegunda, who is by Pivotal, out of a Green Desert mare. Pivotal is a grandson of Nureyev so giving the combination of the three-quarters


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