Between them the mares Goldikova, Midday, Peeping Fawn and Stacelita won 30 Group or Grade 1 races and total earnings equivalent to more than $14m.
Here’s a reminder of their individual wins at the top level:
2008: Prix Rothschild, Prix du Moulin, Breeders’ Cup Mile 2009: Falmouth Stakes, Prix Rothschild, Prix Jacques le Marois, Breeders’ Cup Mile 2010: Prix d’Ispahan, Queen Anne Stakes, Prix Rothschild, Prix de la Foret, Breeders’ Cup Mile 2011: Prix d’Ispahan, Prix Rothschild
2009: Nassau Stakes, Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf 2010: Nassau Stakes, Yorkshire Oaks, Prix Vermeille 2011: Nassau Stakes
2007: Pretty Polly Stakes, Irish Oaks, Nassau Stakes, Yorkshire Oaks
2009: Prix Saint-Alary, Prix de Diane, Prix Vermeille 2010: Prix Jean Romanet 2011: Beverly D Stakes, Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes
Although foaled in consecutive years (Peeping Fawn in 2004, Goldikova in 2005, Midday and Stacelita in 2006) the only time two of them met on the track was when Midday beat Stacelita in the 2010 Nassau Stakes at Goodwood (above video). Goldikova (twice) and Stacelita were both named US champion female turf horses during their careers.
In the space of just five days, all four mares were represented by winning offspring in four different countries.
First to strike was Stacelita whose daughter Soul Stirring won the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) at Tokyo on May 21. This success earned more publicity for bringing Frankel his first classic winner, while the filly had also provided her sire with his first Group 1 success in last year’s Hanshin Juvenile Fillies. By Monsun, Stacelita has plenty of mating options open to her, and her first foal, Southern Skies, was by Smart Strike and won a maiden at Sandown in 2016. By then, Stacelita had been bought by Shadai Farm and was one of the star mares in Frankel’s first book of mates.
Two days later and Goldikova enjoyed her first black-type success as a broodmare when her second foal, Terrakova, won the Prix Cleopatre at Saint-Cloud to take her record to two from two. Terrakova was the result of a repeat mating with Galileo which had previously yielded the colt Goldikovic who has been placed once from three starts to date. Terrakova will now contest the Prix de Diane in which Goldikova herself finished third over a trip which she found longer than ideal.
Galileo was also the first mate chosen when Peeping Fawn went to stud. The resulting filly Purely Priceless finished second in both her starts in France, but Peeping Fawn had better luck with her fourth foal Wisconsin who got off the mark in a maiden at Tipperary on May 25. Peeping Fawn has been sent to some of the world’s top stallions in her brief broodmare career to date, with Wisconsin (who has entries in the King Edward VII Stakes and Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot) the result of a visit to Japanese champion Deep Impact. Wisconsin is Peeping Fawn’s second winner after Sir John Hawkins (by Henrythenavigator) who won a maiden at The Curragh as a two-year-old and finished third in the Coventry Stakes. Peeping Fawn’s unraced third foal Heaven’s Glory, a son of Tapit, is at stud in Maryland.
On the same day that Wisconsin won, Midday was represented by her second black-type winner from as many foals when her daughter Mori won the listed Height of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood. This was another success for Frankel, making Mori a home-grown winner for Juddmonte. Midday was another top racemare to begin her stud career with a visit to Galileo. That first foal Midterm won the Classic Trial at Sandown in 2016 and on his latest start (May 20) finished third in the Aston Park Stakes at Newbury. Mori could now also head to Royal Ascot for the Ribblesdale Stakes.
[Soul Stirring image: Ogiyoshisan]