Sunday 24 January 2021

Frankel 2yo's To Follow (2021)

I’m pretty sure some of you will have noted your own Frankel 2-year-olds to follow this season, but I thought I would have a look at a few and it exceeded my expectations, as the superstar looks to have a few nice types for the season ahead. Some are still yet to be named and I will update this as soon as they are available. 

FRANTASTIC Frankel (GB) / Rhadegunda (GB) 

All I have to say is “Cracksman”! Well this Frankel bay colt is a full-brother to the superstar himself who now stands at Dalham Hall Stud for a fee of £17,500. I’m sure the John Gosden Champion will be worth every penny. Frantastic is also a full-brother to the John Gosden trained filly Hopefully Darling who made her debut last season at Newmarket in a 2-year-old Novice Stakes race in a promising debut when finishing well in third and looks the type to do well next season. 

WESTOVER Frankel (GB) / Mirabilis (USA) 

The 19-year-old mare Mirabilis is still going strong and Frankel has certainly been a busy boy with this mare. Westover is a full-brother to the Group 3 Darley Stakes winner Monarchs Glen who was trained by John Gosden until 2019. Monarchs Glen won second timeout as a 2-year-old at Goodwood then ran some tremendous races the season after winning two Listed races and the previously mentioned Darley Stakes, also a full-brother to the Ralph Beckett trained Fabilis who won a couple of nice races last season then ran with credit in the Group 3 Zetland Stakes at Newmarket and another worth following. 

AIMERIC Frankel (GB) / Aris (IRE) 

Purchased at the October Yearling Sales out of Book 1 for 360,000 gns and trained by Roger Varian. Dam Aris was a pretty average filly trained by Paddy Prendergast who won on her final outing of her career. The unnamed Frankel bay colt is a half-brother to the excellent Martyn Meade trained first season sire Aclaim who won on debut as a 2-year-old back in 2015. Aclaim went on to have a brilliant career winning the Dubai Duty Free Stakes at three then topping his career off with a brilliant win in the Group one Prix De Le Forat at Chantilly before retiring to stud. 

SURAC Frankel (GB) / Belesta (GB) 

Dam Belesta only raced five times for trainer Freddy Head being placed a few times but the 15-year-old mare has produced a couple of nice horses over the years. The Clive Cox trained Surac is a half-brother to Assign who started his career with Aidan O’Brien until moving to Australia and racing against the likes of Winx. Surac is also a full-brother to the O’Brien trained Old Glory who had a successful career coming third in the Group 3 Killavullan Stakes at two and finishing ninth in the 2000 Guineas in 2019 before moving on to Qatar. Interesting to see how this Clive Cox bay Frankel colt progresses, one for the second half of the season. 


This Frankel Chesnut filly is in training with Ed Walker and owned by Mr S Stuckey. Ed Walker has had a few nice Frankels in the past with Ginistrelli and Cap Francais who both ran to a decent level. Letusgothenyouandi is by dam Cascata who won first timeout for Luca Cumani way back in 2009. Letusgothenyouandi is a half-sister to Matthew Flinders who won a £25,000 Handicap at Doncaster last September and is also trained by Ed Walker, Letusgothenyouand is also a full-sister to the Ed Walker trained promising 3-year-old Navegaon Gate who made an eye-catching debut at Nottingham last season and another to watch out for this season. 

CRYSTAL CAPRICE Frankel (GB) / Crystal Zvezda (GB)

Dam Crystal Zvezda was a nice filly for Sir Michael Stoute in what was a pretty decent career. The Dubawi filly got off the mark second timeout when winning a Lingfield 2-year-old maiden. Crystal Zvezda won the Listed Haras De Bouquetot Fillies Trial Stakes on her reappearance at Newbury back in 2015 and then went on to compete in pattern races for the rest of her career. Crystal Zvezda came from an excellent family and was a half-sister to the magnificent Crystal Ocean. I have high hopes Crystal Caprice could be a nice horse in the future. 

UNNAMED Frankel (GB) / Eartha Kitt (GB) 

The unnamed Frankel bay filly comes from an excellent family, bred by Chasemore farm and a half-sister to the Chesham Stakes winner Arthur Kitt who was a decent sort for trainer Tom Dascombe, also a half-sister to Formidable Kitt who never quite reached them heights but won first timeout at Newmarket. Dam Eartha Kitt another for Dascombe and Chasemore farm who wasn’t too bad herself winning second timeout then grabbing a couple more wins as a 3-year-old including a class 2 handicap and the Listed Boadicea Stakes on her final start. Nice pedigree and one to look out for. 

HELENIUM Frankel (GB) / Helleborine (GB)

Lovely pedigree this Frankel bay filly. Dam Helleborine was trained by Christiane Head and owned by the late Prince Khalid Abdullah. The Observatory mare won a couple of nice races as a 2-year-old including the Group 3 Prix D’ Aumale and ran a great race to finish second in the Group 1 Criterium Des Pouliches at Longchamp. Helenium is a half-sister to the John Gosden Kingman son Calyx who only raced four times winning the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Group 3 Paviliona the following season and now stands at Coolmore Stud for 16,000 euros. 

UNNAMED Frankel (GB) / Honorina (GB) 

Trained by Joseph O’Brien and owned by Qatar Racing. The Chesnut colt is a full-brother to the John Gosden trained Counsel who made a promising debut at Newcastle last December and a three-year-old to follow this season. Dam Honorina was a lightly raced Sea The Stars filly trained by Sir Michael Stoute and owned by Qatar Racing who broke her maiden in a fillies race at Kempton. Bit of a gamble on this one but hopefully a nice sort. 

NUANCE Frankel (GB) / Intimation (GB) 

The Cheveley Park Stud hombred has the potential to be a nice type for trainer William Haggas who teamed up with Cheveley Park Stud last season with a nice filly called Sacred. The Exceed and Excel filly won first timeout and then ran a tremendous race to just get beat by a neck in the Queen Mary, a couple more placed efforts followed in group company followed before finishing down the field last September in the Cheveley Park Stakes. Dam Intimation was by Dubawi and another who ran to a high level. The Michael Stoute trained filly got better with age finishing her career winning the Group 3 Prix De Flore at Saint-Cloud. Worth noting Intimation liked a bit of cut in the ground. 

FRANTANCK Frankel (GB) / Janey Muddles (IRE) 

Another for William Haggas. The Frankel colt was purchased at the October Yearling Sales out of Book 1 for 200,000 gns. Dam Janey Muddles never quite reached the heights that was expected after winning on debut at Curragh in 2011. The Jim Bloger trained Lawman mare ran in decent races without success after that debut win. One offspring worth mentioning is the William Haggas trained Awesometank who was a nice Intense Focus filly and despite taking a few races to get the hang of things Awesometank got off the mark in a class 2 handicap at Newmarket. As a three-year-old Awesometank began to make a name for herself competing in the top races and adding the Listed Coral Distaff to what was already a nice start to her career. Her final race was the Grade 1 First Lady Stakes in Keeneland when finishing sixth in decent company. 

MANAAFIS  Frankel (GB) / Madany (IRE) 

If this Frankel bay filly doesn’t at least win once I will give up!!! Dam Madany has produced some lovely offspring who have all won at a decent level apart from Baraajeel who disappointed for Owen Burrows. The progeny include Massaat who won the Group 2 Hungerford Stakes at Newbury for trainer Burrows, Eqtidaar trained by Sir Michael Stoute who won on debut then won the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup in 2018, Hathiq was another who won a couple of nice handicaps for trainer Denis Hogan and finally last season saw Mujbar win the Group 3 Horris Hill for trainer Charlie Hills and owner Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum. A nice family and look forward to seeing if this Frankel filly can keep up the tradition and win a few nice races like the rest of the family. 

TABARIN Frankel (GB) / Mare Nostrum (GB) 

Over to France for this Frankel colt to follow. Francis-Henri Graffard is an excellent trainer and trained the impressive Channel who only raced one season but what a season it was winning the Group 1 Prix De Diane Longines and then retired to stud at the end of the season. Tabarin is a half-brother to the Graffard trained Erupt who was also bred by the Niarchos Family and went on to win his first four races as a 3-year-old then winning a Grade 1 in Canada at four. Hopefully Tabarin will be out this season but if not one to keep an eye out for. 

PERSIST Frankel (GB) / Persuasive (IRE) 

If nice pedigrees meant guaranteed winners I would be throwing a few quid on this Frankel bay filly. Trained by William Haggas and owned and bred by Cheveley Park Stud. Dam Persuasive was an 180,000 euro purchase at the 2014 Orby Sales who won first timeout for John Gosden before being put away till the next season, what a season it was with four wins on the bounce and a second including the Group 3 Atlanta Stakes and the valuable Sandringham handicap at Ascot. Persuasive finished her racing career winning the Queen Elizabeth 11 Stakes and earning an impressive £886,000 in what was a magnificent career. 

SHOMOOLY - Frankel (GB) / Riqa (GB) 

This bay Frankel filly comes from a lovely family and possibly trained by Freddie Head in France. Riqa has produced three nice offspring already. Murafrif was the first and won second timeout as a three-year-old in her only season. Tantheem was the next and had a terrif couple of seasons winning the Group 3 Prix De Cabourg at two and going onto win the Prix De Meautry and the another Group 3 the Qatar Prix Du Petit Couvert in her final season. Khayzaraan another who bagged another couple of wins for Freddie Head and Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum so the signs are good for this daughter of Frankel. 

ROYAL VERSE   Frankel (GB) / Simple Verse (IRE) 

First foal of dam Simple Verse who was a smart performer for Ralph Beckett. Simple Verse didn’t see the racecourse till three and after a couple of runs the penny dropped and the well-bred filly soon established herself as 3-year-old to be reckoned with winning the Group 1 St Leger Stakes and the Group 1 Champions race at Ascot. The Frankel bay colt is the first foal of Simple Verse and was purchased by David Redvers Bloodstock for 600,000 gns. 

Thanks for reading and stay safe.

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