Juddmonte Farms

In-depth Analysis

By Claire Curry

Galileo has well and truly established himself as the pre-eminent sire in the world. He has produced at least two Gr.1 winners and at least one Classic winner in each of his first 12 crops to race, and his 13th crop has already yielded two Gr.1-winning two-year-olds. He has been the champion sire in Europe for the past eight seasons, with his most successful crop to date being the one born in 2008. This group included nine individual winners at the highest level (five of which won Classics), headed by FRANKEL.

As a Derby-winning son of the legendary Sadler’s Wells and the Arc de Triomphe winner Urban Sea, Galileo had all of the elements to succeed. Since retiring to stud, his pedigree has received a major boost through the exploits of three Gr.1-winning full/half-siblings, most notably the truly outstanding racehorse and highly promising young sire Sea The Stars.

Galileo is already making a name for himself as a sire of sires with the number of his sons having produced Group winners fast approaching double figures. Two of these, the Dewhurst winners New Approach and Teofilo, both got off to the best possible start by siring two-year-old Gr.1 winners and Classic winners in their first crops. Galileo’s other Dewhurst winner to have runners is none other than FRANKEL – who repeated the feat of having a Gr.1 winning two-year-old and a Classic winner in his first crop.

Juddmonte have had three broodmares who produced three Group winners from their first three foals – the first two to achieve the feat were Hasili and Toussaud. Not only did these mares go on to be awarded Broodmare Of The Year – they have also had stallion sons who sired Gr.1 winners (DANSILI, CACIQUE and CHAMPS ELYSEES for Hasili; EMPIRE MAKER and CHESTER HOUSE for Toussaud). The third mare is Kind - the dam of FRANKEL.  

Kind’s first foal was the Sadler’s Wells colt Bullet Train, winner of the Lingfield Derby Trial Gr.3 but more famously known as the pacemaker for FRANKEL. He started his stud career in Kentucky, as has Noble Mission, who memorably became a triple Gr.1 winner in 2014. Kind’s fourth son to stand at stud is the OASIS DREAM colt Morpheus, while her 2013 son Proconsul is also now a stallion - maintaining Kind's record of having all her sons standing at stud. Kind’s only filly to date is the dual Listed winner and multiple Group placed Joyeuse - who retired to stud in 2015 and has since produced fillies by Shamardal and Dubawi. Kind was a very talented sprinter who liked to race prominently. A six-time winner, including twice in Listed company, her speed could have been predicted from her strong physique but arguably not from her pedigree. Although she is by Danehill, her dam Rainbow Lake won the Lancashire Oaks over a mile and a half. A daughter of RAINBOW QUEST, Rainbow Lake had already produced the dual Gr.1 winner Powerscourt the year before Kind was born, and subsequently the Group winners Last Train and Riposte. Rainbow Lake’s dam Rockfest was introduced into the Juddmonte broodmare band in 1983 – 30 years prior to FRANKEL, a third generation homebred, embarking on his own stud career.

Some racehorses have moments of brilliance - FRANKEL was consistently brilliant. He is the only horse to have run to a Timeform rating in the 140’s six times (recording the highest ever Timeform rating of 147). He is also the only horse to run to an official rating of 140 twice and is the highest rated horse since the International Classifications began. In an unbeaten career he has been champion at two, three and four years of age (the only horse to achieve this feat unbeaten) – in the process setting a record for consecutive European Gr.1 wins – and beating 23 individual Gr.1 winners of 50 Gr.1 races by a cumulative winning distance of over 76 lengths.

There were many jaw-dropping moments in FRANKEL’s career – his majestic 10-length victory in the Royal Lodge Stakes at two years; the raw power and exuberance of his front-running display in the 2000 Guineas; his complete annihilation of the opposition in the Queen Anne Stakes; his effortless step up to 10.5 furlongs in front of an appreciative Yorkshire crowd in the Juddmonte International; the sense of overwhelming happiness and relief tinged with sadness when he made his triumphant final start at Ascot in the Champion Stakes.

From soft ground to good to firm; over distances ranging from seven to 10.5 furlongs; aged two, three and four – FRANKEL’s long stride and outstanding natural ability carried him effortlessly through his racing career. As Tony Morris so eloquently writes, FRANKEL is: “The greatest horse most of us have seen, or will ever see… I’ve never known another horse with such a high cruising speed and the capacity to sustain maximum velocity for so long. He is a phenomenon.”

FRANKEL retired to stud in 2013 as the most exciting stallion prospect in the world and has subsequently covered stellar books of international broodmares.

His 2017 book was one of his best – and will result in foals out of Gr.1 winners African Rose, Arabian Queen, Attraction, Blueridge Mountain, Cursory Glance, Danedream, Divine Proportions, Emollient, Eva’s Request, Finsceal Beo, Gilt Edge Girl, Izzi Top, Margot Did, Minorette, Mossfun, Natagora, Nayarra, Penelopa, Rizeena, Silasol, Sky Lantern, Snow Fairy, Sound Of Freedom, Straight Girl, Viva Rafaela, Thistle Bird, Untapable, Wavell Avenue, Zagora, and Zenda (the dam of KINGMAN). There will also be full/half siblings to the Gr.1 winners Amazing Maria, Awtaad, Bayrir, Byword, Cannock Chase, Cracksman, Deep Brillante, Epicuris, Golden Horn, Lillie Langtry, Proviso, Ridasiyna, Rip Van Winkle, Sheikhzayedroad, Signs Of Blessing and Winsili.  

FRANKEL has made a truly outstanding start at stud. There were always going to be high expectations but he has delivered in style. After first-crop Group wins for the two-year-old’s Soul Stirring, Queen Kindly, Fair Eva, Mi Suerte, Frankuus, and Toulifaut, FRANKEL ended the the 2016 season with the following accolades:

  • The leading sire in the Northern Hemisphere by two-year-old Group winners (ahead of Galileo and War Front)
  • The leading first season sire in Europe and North America by Worldwide Earnings
  • The leading first season sire in Europe by Group Winners (1990-2016)
  • The sire of Champion Japanese two-year-old filly Soul Stirring
  • Awarded the TBA Tattersalls Silver Salver for being the leading British-based first season sire in 2016

Better was to come in 2017 as FRANKEL’s progeny did nothing but improve – to such an extent that he had More Group winners, Group wins and blacktype winners than Galileo, Dubawi and Sea The Stars at the same point in their careers (to the end of their second season). FRANKEL is now the sire of 30 blacktype performers (conceived in the Northern Hemisphere) and has 16 individual Group winners headed by the runaway Champion Stakes winner Cracksman and the dual Japanese Champion and Classic winner Soul Stirring. FRANKEL’s stellar first crop has produced 15% Group/Stakes winners to foals – leaving FRANKEL as the second-leading sire of three-year-olds in the Northern Hemisphere by Group winners and blacktype horses (behind Galileo, but ahead of Tapit Dubawi, Deep Impact and War Front). Such has been FRANKEL’s success that, despite only having two-year-olds and three-year-olds to run for him, he still finished sixth on the European sires table by prize money; third by Group winners and first by percentage of blacktype winners to runners. He also ended the season as the leading second-season sire in the Northern Hemisphere by blacktype winners, blacktype performers and Group/Graded Stakes winners (in this last category he had three times the number of his nearest rival).

The success on the racetrack was mirrored by continued success in the sales ring – with FRANKEL having the fifth highest yearling average of any stallion standing in Europe and North America. He had 25 yearlings sell for an average of £500,000, with three making seven figure sums - the highest being the 2,500,000gns paid for a filly out of Prowess, a half-sister to Oaks winner Talent.

Hopes are obviously now sky high for FRANKEL's three-year-olds and four-year-olds, and with two-year-olds out of the Gr.1 winners Adoration, Blueridge Mountain, Fallen For You, Indonesienne, Lightening Pearl, Maids Causeway, Midday, Pearly Shells, Ramruma, Ventura, Vorda and Zenda (dam of KINGMAN) to run this year, as well as full/half siblings to Gr.1 winners Arcano, Backseat Rhythm, Charm Spirit, Dabirsim, Hansen, Hartnell, Passage Of Time, Penelopa, Sarah Lynx, Talent, Timepiece, Total Gallery, then there is plenty to look forward to in 2018.