Frankel Ready for Guineas
Written by Alan Porter | Apr 28, 2011 |
Following his sensational trial in the seven-furlong Greenham Stakes (gr. III, click for video) on April 16, last season's European champion 2-year-old Frankel looks ready for Saturday's English 2,000 Guineas (gr. I). The son of Galileo – who has taken over from his sire Sadler’s Wells as Europe’s leading classic sire – is from a stout family. His dam is a half sister to Sadler’s Wells’ Arlington Million (gr. I) and Tattersalls Gold Cup (gr. I) victor Powerscourt (GB) (TrueNicks,SRO), with second and third dams by Rainbow Quest and Stage Door Johnny. However, the dam, stakes-winning Danehill mare Kind, did her best work from five to seven furlongs, and unlike his Derby Trial (gr. III)-winning half brother Bullet Train (actually a three-parts-brother, as he’s by Sadler’s Wells), Frankel shapes like a horse who will be better-suited by distance up to, rather than beyond, a mile.
|Click for video of the Greenham Stakes (gr. III)|
Although Galileo is a stellar sire and will have been bred to some of the best Danehill mares around, the cross has out-performed opportunity (that is the performance of Galileo with all other mares, and that of the Danehill mares bred to Galileo, when crossed with all other stallions) to a remarkable degree. To date, Galileo has been represented by 59 starters out of Danehill mares, 10 of whom are stakes winners, seven group, and four group I.
Click here to view the TrueNicks Enhanced report for Frankel.