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Black Caviar’s connections consider possible mating with Frankel
The outstanding lineup of mares set to visit unbeaten Frankel in 2013 may get another addition, as unbeaten two-time Australian Horse of the Year Black Caviar could visit the stallion upon the conclusion of her career.
The owners of the racemare are planning to discuss her upcoming campaign through mid-2013, and co-owner Gary Wilkie told the Australian outlet Racing Network that they are strongly considering a return trip to England’s prestigious Royal Ascot meeting this June followed by a mating with Frankel.
“The only reason [we] would go to Royal Ascot is that we are going to go to Frankel,” Wilkie said.
Co-owner Neil Werrett echoed Wilkie's comments while speaking to the Daily Telegraph on Monday. Following the mare's next planned start in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes on April 13, her owners will discuss a possible trip to England, which would offer the option of mating on the Southern Hemisphere breeding calendar with Frankel. On that calendar, horses are considered a year older on Aug. 1 for racing and breeding purposes.
Black Caviar has won both of her starts this year, romping in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes on March 22 in her most recent outing, to extend her career record to 24 victories from as many starts. Her connections shipped the Bel Esprit mare to Royal Ascot in 2012 for her only start outside her home country, during a highly anticipated week of racing that also featured Frankel, and Black Caviar provided one of the festival’s high points when she edged out a head win over Moonlight Cloud in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Black Caviar subsequently was discovered to have several minor ailments including muscle fatigue and was given an extended break, but returned no worse for wear this year.
She won both Horse of the Year and champion sprinter honors in Australia for 2011 and 2012 and has earned over $6.8 million to date.
Frankel, a 5-year-old son of Galileo who raced as a homebred for Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms, retired in 2012 with an unblemished record from 14 starts and over $4.7 million in earnings. He received the Cartier Award as Europe’s Horse of the Year in 2011 and 2012.
Frankel is standing his first season at Juddmonte's Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket, England, at a fee of approximately $188,000 and with a book of approximately 130 mares, many of them Grade or Group 1 winners. The lineup includes U.S. classic producer Oatsee; Eclipse Award champions Zagora, Stacelita, and Lahudood; multiple Grade/Group 1 winners Midday and Dar Re Mi; and Japanese champion Vodka.
Last week, Newsells Park Stud announced via Twitter that 2011 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Danedream was confirmed in foal to Frankel.