Frankel My Dear Might Provide Frankel his 1st Win in Australia
By Kristen Manning
Every now and then there is a first starter who really grabs the attention, whether it be due a memorable name or a flashy pedigree.
In the case of Frankel My Dear – the Robbie Laing trained two-year-old who has accepted to run in the opening event at Flemington on Saturday – it is both!
What a great name that is, one that pays homage to both a famed movie moment and the young horse’s sire who is, of course, the mighty Frankel.
To date Frankel has had just a couple of runners in Australia with the Darren Weir trained Japanese bred New Horizons catching the eye with a fast-finishing second at Bendigo a couple of weeks ago.
The Laing stable will be hopeful that it is their horse that brakes Frankel’s local duck and judging by his success overseas it is only a matter of time before the breed make their mark in Australia.
Though that of course is not a given with Frankel’s sire Galileo underperforming in this part of the world in comparison to his impressive European exploits.
Frankel is however a rule breaker. On the track he (just like Black Caviar) broke the adage that ‘they all get beaten some day’ and at stud he is siring classy performers out of mares who, on paper, don’t necessarily look the best matches for him.
For example his Gr.3 Sandown Classic Trial winning son Cunco. Frankel is out of Danehill mare, Cunco’s dam is by Danehill’s son Danehill Dancer. The stakes winner strike rate of close up Danehill line-breeding is low, hovering at around 2% with a winners-to-runners ratio in the high 40s.
Frankel meanwhile has had four winners from seven runners line-bred to Danehill including that Gr.3 winner as well as two metropolitan level winners.
Then there is the legendary Sadler’s Wells, grandsire of Frankel. Duplicating Sadler’s Wells has a 2.3% stakes winner success rate, hardly flash. Frankel, from just five runners line-bred to him, has sired three Group winners!
Let’s also have a look at the great stallion Rainbow Quest, second dam sire of Frankel. Line-breeding to him results in 2.2% stakes winners. Frankel has had just seven runners with that cross but the two to win are both Group winners.
Which brings us to Frankel My Dear, a horse bred on a close 4 X 2 cross of Rainbow Quest.
His is a pedigree of great interest to Australian racegoers and not just because of Frankel. HIs dam Buenos Aires – who has already produced the French Listed winner Buenos Dias – being a half-sister to one of the greats of the local turf.
A stakes placed winner in France who now resides at Cressfield Stud in NSW, she is one of 11 winners (from as many to race) produced by the wonderful mare Benediction – also dam of superstar Might And Power.
Also dam of Flemington Gr.3 winner Matter Of Honour and French Listed winner Bastet, she is also ancestress of super filly Mosheen, Hong Kong Derby hero Lucky Owners and the French 1000 Guineas winner Beauty Parlour.
And so Frankel My Dear has much to live up to. We look forward to witnessing the start of his racetrack journey at Flemington on Saturday.
Kristen Manning is a freelance racing writer and pedigree analyst based in Melbourne. A keen owner/breeder who loves every aspect of thoroughbred horse racing, she has written two books focusing on the deeds of Fields Of Omagh and Prince Of Penzance.