Frankel’s first crop of two-year-olds attracted sustained interest throughout the season after his very first runner Cunco (also his first foal to be born) set the ball rolling at Newbury in May. Here then are Frankel’s 18 winners of 2016, including two trained in Japan and one in France. Breeder, owner and trainer are given for each horse.
ALJEZEERA (Newsells Park Stud, Al Shaqab Racing, Luca Cumani)
450,000 guinea yearling out of Flower Bowl and Beverly D Stakes winner Dynaforce. Won a 1m fillies’ maiden at Doncaster on her only outing in August. Didn’t beat a great deal but a promising start and will be suited by 1¼m at three.
ATTY PERSSE (Bjorn Nielsen, Bjorn Nielsen, Roger Charlton)
Son of listed winner and Ribblesdale Stakes/Lancashire Oaks third Dorcas Lane; grandam half-sister to 1000 Guineas winner Harayir. Impressive winner of a 1m maiden at Sandown in September on his only start. Bought by Godolphin afterwards and looks one of Frankel’s best three-year-old prospects.
CRACKSMAN (Hascombe & Valiant Studs, A E Oppenheimer, John Gosden)
Half-brother to Solario Stakes winner Fantastic Moon out of 9f listed winner Rhadegunda, a granddaughter of 1000 Guineas winner On The House. Another who won his only start, making a winning debut in a 1m maiden at Newmarket in October. Sure to go on to better things at three.
CUNCO (Don Alberto Corporation, Don Alberto Stable, John Gosden)
Son of dual Irish Group 3 winner Chrysanthemum. Frankel’s first runner, and winner, when successful in a 6f maiden at Newbury in May. Didn’t win again but was placed three times in listed races over longer trips, including the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Zetland Stakes over 1¼m at Newmarket.
EMINENT (Premier Bloodstock, Sir Peter Vela, Martyn Meade)
150,000 guinea yearling colt out of Fillies’ Mile third You’ll Be Mine, herself a daughter of Oaks runner-up Quarter Moon. Yet another first-time-out winner, successful in a 1m maiden at Newmarket in September, with the promise of more to come.
FAIR EVA (Juddmonte Farms Ltd, K Abdullah, Roger Charlton)
Daughter of Sprint Cup winner African Rose. First Juddmonte-bred winner for her sire when making a winning debut at Haydock in June and became his first Group winner when impressive in following month’s Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot. Didn’t meet expectations when third to Queen Kindly in Lowther Stakes at York and second (on first try at 7f) in Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket but one of sire’s top fillies seen so far.
FRANKUUS (Ballylinch Stud, Hussain Lootah & Ahmad Al Shaikh, Mark Johnston)
130,000 euro yearling out of half-sister to dam of Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Red Rocks. Similar type to Cunco in that he made a winning debut quite early (over 7f at Haydock in June) but proved suited by longer trips in the autumn, winning a 1m listed race at Haydock (with Cunco third) and the Group 3 Prix de Conde at Chantilly.
ICESPIRE (Juddmonte Farms Ltd, K Abdullah, John Gosden)
Half-sister to Cheveley Park Stakes winner Special Duty who was also awarded the 1000 Guineas and Poule d’Essai des Pouliches. Wore a hood for her debut in a 7f fillies’ maiden at Salisbury in October but came from last place to keep up the excellent record of Frankel’s debutants with an easy win. Sure to stay 1m and another one to look forward to in 2017.
MAJORIS (Al Asayl Bloodstock Ltd, Al Asayl Bloodstock Ltd, Hugo Palmer)
Grandson of Oaks, Irish Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks winner Alexandrova. Off mark at second attempt in 7f maiden at Brighton in July and won nursery over same trip at Newmarket. Didn’t progress in Solario Stakes at Sandown and a listed race at Doncaster but bred to be suited by longer trips at three.
MIRAGE DANCER (Juddmonte Farms Ltd, K Abdullah, Sir Michael Stoute)
Son of the Beverly D and Matriarch Stakes winner Heat Haze, so from one of the top Juddmonte families, that of Hasili. One of the later Frankels to appear but another to make a winning start, in a 7f maiden at Doncaster in October. Stable’s debutants invariably improve, so another really good three-year-old prospect.
MI SUERTE (Northern Farm, Sunday Racing Co Ltd, Yasutoshi Ikee)
Dam Mi Sueno (Del Mar Debutante Stakes winner) was bought by Katsumi Yoshida for $1.9m at Keeneland in November 2013 carrying this filly who won a newcomers race over 1m at Hanshin in September and followed up in the Group 3 Kyoto Sho Fantasy Stakes over 7f at Kyoto in November.
MONARCHS GLEN (Juddmonte Farms Ltd, K Abdullah, John Gosden)
Another Juddmonte homebred, out of French 7f listed winner Mirabilis who was third in the Prix de la Foret and a half-sister to Prix de Diane winner Nebraska Tornado. Beaten a short head on his debut at Goodwood but made amends back there in a 9f maiden in October. Set to stay at least 1¼m at three.
QUEEN KINDLY (Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd, Jaber Abdullah, Richard Fahey)
Daughter of 2009 Lowther Stakes winner Lady of The Desert who went on to win the Diadem Stakes and finish second in the Sprint Cup and Prix de l’Abbaye. Sire’s first daughter to win when making successful debut at Catterick in June and became his first black-type earner when third in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot. Also became highest-achieving member of first crop to date when emulating dam (and grandam Queen’s Logic) by winning Lowther Stakes. Fourth in Cheveley Park Stakes on final start and looks like being one of Frankel’s speedier three-year-olds.
SENATOR (Cheveley Park Stud Ltd, Cheveley Park Stud, Richard Fahey)
Son of Fillies’ Mile winner Red Bloom, later dual winner of Blandford Stakes. Showed more speed than dam at two, winning over 6f at Leicester and Carlisle. Clearly didn’t give his running in a 7f listed race at Doncaster on his final start.
SEVEN HEAVENS (Cheveley Park Stud Ltd, K Abdullah, John Gosden)
Dam Heaven Sent dual winner of Dahlia Stakes and placed twice in Falmouth Stakes. Same breeders as Senator but interesting that Juddmonte bought him for 620,000 guineas as a yearling. Bears more of a physical resemblance to his sire than some of these and looked potentially best colt among first two-year-old runners when winning 6f maiden at Ascot in July and a two-runner race over 7f at Goodwood. Last in the Dewhurst Stakes on final start but looks worth another chance to confirm earlier promise.
SOUL STIRRING (Shadai Farm, Shadai Race Horse Co Ltd, Kazuo Fujisawa)
Daughter of Stacelita whose French wins included the Prix de Diane (awarded the Prix Vermeille) and was champion US turf female in 2011. Looks potential Oaks filly in Japan after winning both her starts there over 9f, including when beating colts impressively at Tokyo in October.
SWISS STORM (Lordship Stud, Lordship Stud & David Elsworth, David Elsworth)
235,000 guineas yearling out of dual 5f listed winner Swiss Lake, the dam of several other good sprinters, including Swiss Diva and Swiss Spirit. Off the mark at second attempt in a 7f maiden at Newbury in September and bred to be another speedier type.
TOULIFAUT (Barronstown Stud, Andrew-James Smith, Jean-Claude Rouget)
Out of Nassau Stakes runner-up Cassydora, the dam of dual Curragh Cup winner Ernest Hemingway. Frankel’s only winner in France to date, successful in 7f newcomers race at Clairefontaine in July, 7.5f conditions race on polytrack at Deauville in August and Group 3 Prix d’Aumale at Chantilly in September. Bought for €1.9m by Katsumi Yoshida (Northern Farm) before starting favourite for Prix Marcel Boussac but lost unbeaten record when hampered in that race.