Exciting Frankel Colt to Hit the Track at Flemington
by Craig Jones
Those racegoers heading to Flemington on Saturday are in for a treat when the unraced Frankel colt, which has a beautiful name, Frankel My Dear will see a race track from the first time. He makes his debut in the VRC Members Pavilion Handicap on Saturday.
With only a small group of Frankel’s racing in Australia, it is always exciting to see another one come through and make their debut. This is a debut that has been a long time coming for trainer Robbie Laing.
After failing to make the reserve figure of $500,000 at auction, Laing quickly found some interested parties to buy the horse. He paid $500,000 for the colt in partnership with others, a price he thought was too good to be true. It turns out the horse has a problem with his off fore, which is why his debut has been so long coming.
The problems are now behind this lovely colt, and he is ready to hit the racecourse. He has impressed during gallops recently and will head into his debut with high hopes on his back, although trainer Robbie Laing does sound cautious about the trip.
The race on Saturday will be over just 1000M, a shorter trip than other Frankel runners have been tackling. Frankel himself raced at distances of around 2000M, and the dam also brings stamina, meaning it is highly likely that Frankel My Dear will find the 1000M test far too sharp on Saturday.
The race on Saturday will all be about getting out on a race course and seeing what the colt does, before deciding where to go with him. He clearly has plenty of class about him at home when you look at some of the races that Laing is targeting with him. Both the Caulfield Guineas and the Victoria Derby have been mentioned as possible targets for this horse, both over trips that would certainly suit the colt.
He heads into the race very fit according to his trainer and while the trip is a huge doubt, this is an exciting prospect who I can’t wait to see on a racecourse.
We have seen so many great Frankel youngsters hit the track over the past 12 months, although not too many have made the racecourse in Australia. With such a huge worldwide reputation as a race horse, the reputation of Frankel could be about to increase even further as a stallion, should he start to fire in the winners in the Southern Hemisphere.
Every time Frankel ran, he created a buzz and excitement about the race he was in, and the racing public watched in awe of what they were witnessing. Now as a stallion, Frankel still creates the same buzz around the horses he is producing and this weekend we get to see another one of his youngsters take to the course in Frankel My Dear, and I for one can’t wait.