Frankel: has had nine winners from only 12 runners so far
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
FRANKEL’s astonishing start to his new career as a stallion shows little sign of stopping as the world champion racehorse sired his ninth winner from just 12 runners when Soul Stirring scored in Japan on Sunday.
Soul Stirring is a typically well-bred daughter of the late Sir Henry Cecil’s unbeaten superstar, being out of six-time Group 1-winner Stacelita, and she joins Cunco, Fair Eva, Frankuus, Queen Kindley, Majoris, Seven Heavens, Senator and Toulifaut by finding her way to the winner’s enclosure.
Trained by Kazuo Fujisawa and ridden by Christophe Lemaire, Soul Stirring landed the 1m1f contest on her debut at Sapporo, showing a sharp burst of speed to win by a neck. In the process she became Frankel’s first winner outside Europe from just his second runner.
The stream of winners sired by Frankel, who memorably won every one of his 14 starts over three seasons including ten Group 1s, have also included quality with Cunco and Queen Kindly being placed at black type level before Fair Eva became the stallion’s first stakes winner in the Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes.
Trained by Roger Charlton for owner/breeder Khalid Abdullah, Fair Eva is the 4-1 favourite for the Qipco 1,000 Guineas over the course and distance her father put in one of his most jaw-dropping displays when ripping the field apart in the 2010 2,000 Guineas.
Having had successful offspring in Britain, France and Japan, Frankel will be aiming to get off the mark in Ireland on Monday when Lightening Fast runs in a 7f maiden (4.25) at Naas.
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