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Five classic winners added to Frankel's book
Five classic-winning mares, including three champions, have been added to what is already an outstanding first book for unbeaten champion Frankel, who is currently standing his first season at Juddmonte Farm's Banstead Manor Stud near Newmarket, England.
Champions Ramruma, Sariska, and Finsceal Beo, along with fellow classic winners Light Shift and Elusive Wave, have been added to the 5-year-old Galileo horse's book.
Ramruma won the Epsom Oaks, Yorkshire Oaks, and Irish Oaks in 1999 to earn honors as Europe's champion 3-year-old filly. The only winner from four starters to date out of the Diesis mare is Group 1-placed Flying Cross.
Millionaire Sariska was named Europe's champion 3-year-old filly in 2009, when she captured both the Epsom Oaks and Irish Oaks. The Pivotal mare won two other group stakes in England and recorded three additional Group 1 placings.
Finsceal Beo, a millionaire daughter of Mr. Greeley, was Europe's champion 2-year-old filly of 2006, when she won the Prix Marcel Boussac-Criterium des Pouliches in France. She then captured both the English One Thousand Guineas and Irish One Thousand Guineas the following year.
Light Shift captured the Epsom Oaks and Cheshire Oaks and finished second in the Irish Oaks in 2007. The only starter out of the Kingmambo mare is a winner.
Elusive Wave, a daughter of Elusive City, captured the French One Thousand Guineas and three additional group stakes races over the course of her career.
Juddmonte homebred Frankel retired in 2012 with an unblemished record from 14 starts, including 10 Group 1 events, 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 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; Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Danedream; multiple Grade/Group 1 winners Midday and Dar Re Mi; and Japanese champion Vodka.
Juddmonte recently announced that Frankel will be available to breed to mares on a Southern Hemisphere time frame. Among the mares he may see in the latter half of 2013 is two-time Australian Horse of the Year Black Caviar, who could visit the stallion following a start at the famed Royal Ascot meeting.