05/28/2013 12:30PM

Bullet Train, three-quarter brother to Frankel, to shuttle to Australia


Group 3 winner Bullet Train, a three-quarter-brother to unbeaten champion Frankel, will shuttle to stand the upcoming Southern Hemisphere season at Bowness Stud in New South Wales, Australia.

The 6-year-old Sadler's Wells horse entered stud this season at Wintergreen Stallion Station near Midway, Ky., where he is based for a $7,500 fee. He will stand in Australia for about $9,641 ($10,000 Australian).

"We're really excited to be standing a horse of his quality, as he is by one of the best sires of sires in the world in Sadler's Wells, from an outstanding broodmare in Kind, and of course he's a three-quarter brother to Frankel," Bowness Stud owner John North said. "Bowness Stud is located at Young, which is exactly halfway between the Hunter Valley in New South Wales and Nagambie in Victoria, so we can draw on mares from both of those two large breeding pools.

"He's a lovely, big horse and I think he can fill a niche in the marketplace as he brings something different to the table as an affordably priced, superbly bred son of Sadler's Wells, whose sire sons have worked all over the world," North said.

The deal to stand Bullet Train in Australia was brokered by Zoe Edwards of Farrington Bloodstock.

Bullet Train, the first foal out of the stakes-winning Danehill mare Kind, became the first of his dam’s three group stakes winners when he captured the Group 3 Derby Trial in 2010. Kind’s next two foals were Frankel and Group 3 winner Noble Mission, both by Galileo.

Bullet Train won two of 14 career starts, earning $177,737. In his last six starts, all in Group 1 events, he served as a pacemaker for Frankel.

Frankel won all 14 of his career starts, including 10 Group 1 events, and received the Cartier Award as Europe’s Horse of the Year in 2011 and 2012. He entered stud this season at Juddmonte’s Banstead Manor Stud in England.