Frankel is thoroughbred racehorse with an astonishing career. In his fourteen races he was never beaten and became the highest rated racehorse in the world. He was the first horse for over sixty years to become a champion on three successive years when aged two, three and four and only the fourth to do so in the last hundred years.
Currently valued at £100 million, he is also one of the world’s most valuable. Trained by Henry Cecil and owned by Khalid Abdullah, his first race as a two year old was in 2010 and his final race before retirement was the Champion Stakes at Ascot in October 2012.
As a stud he stands at Banstead Manor in Suffolk, his own birthplace. In his first season as a stud his stud fee was £125,000, covering 133 mares during that year. He is fairly successful at that too, achieving a fertility rate of 95%.
Foals sired by Frankel are referred to as Frankel foals, and there a fair number of them around. The first Frankel foal to be auctioned was sold of £1,150,000, and the first one to be raced was Conco who run his first race at Newbury in 2016.
Clearly Frankel’s foals are worth looking out for if you are looking for an interesting punt, especially if they are making their racing debut. During 2017 a whole crop of two year-olds race for the first time as well as some remaining three year-olds. One recent success was Lady Frankel who won her debut at Saint Cloud in March 2017.
Some other Frankel Foals who have already shown early signs of success are:
- ZEFFERINO (trainer Roger Charlton) – finished second at Newmarket debut
- TOULIFAUT (trainer Jean-Claude Rouget) – won its debut at Clairefontaine
- SOUL STIRRING – won its debut in Japan
- SEVEN HEAVENS (trainer John Gosden) won its debut at Ascot and probable entry for 2017 Derby.
- SENATOR (Trainer Richard Fahey) Won debut at Leicester
- QUEEN KINDLY (trainer Richard Fahey) won by five lengths at debut at Catterick. Also came third at Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot won the Novice Fillies Stakes at Catterick and Lowther Stakes at York.
- LAST KINGDOM (trainer Andre Fabre) finished second in debut at Clairefontaine
- FRANKUUS (trainer Mark Johnston) won debut at Haydock
- FAIR EVA (trainer Roger Charlton) won debut by four lengths at Haydock, won the Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes at Ascot but lost to Queen Kindly, the Frankel filly mentioned above)
Future entries to look out for in the coming months are:
- ALJEZEERA – Dubai Fillies’ Mile
- ATTY PERSSE – Investec Derby
- CUNCO – Champagne Stakes, Royal Lodge
- EMINENT – Racing Post Trophy, Investec Derby
- FAIR EVA – Moyglare Stud, Mill Reef, Rockfel Stakes, Cheveley Park, Dubai Fillies’ Mile
- FRANKUUS – Royal Lodge, Dewhurst Stakes
- HARBA – Rockfel Stakes, Cheveley Park
- KHATTAR – Keeneland Phoenix Stakes/Investec Derby
- LIGHTENING FAST – Champagne Stakes
- LAST KINGDOM – Dewhurst Stakes
- QUEEN KINDLY – Cheveley Park
- RAINBOW LEGACY – Investec Derby
- SAN REMO – Champagne Stakes, Royal Lodge Stakes, Dewhurst Stakes
- SENATOR – Dewhurst Stakes
- SEVEN HEAVENS – Champagne Stakes, Mill Reef, Middle Park, Dewhurst Stakes
- ZEFFERINO – Royal Lodge Stakes, Dewhurst Stakes
Naturally there is far more to a racehorse than having a highly successful father, but most of Frankel’s progeny also have excellent mothers too. Many of the mares have also been champions. Interestingly very few of Frankel foals look anything like the great horse himself, but the question is will any of them rise to the same level on the racecourse? Perhaps none of them will be quite as successful as their father, but he was a unique horse.