12/12/2016 2:16PM

Frankel gets first Group 1 winner


Unbeaten champion and standout freshman sire Frankel has recorded his first Group 1 winner, as Soul Stirring won the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies in Japan. The stallion will have a chance to put another exclamation point on his stellar season with another daughter chasing Group 1 glory this weekend.

Frankel, who stands at owner-breeder Khalid Abdullah’s Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket, England, is the sire of 18 individual winners to date, with Soul Stirring leading Group 2 winner Queen Kindly; Group 3 winners Frankuus, Fair Eva, Mi Suerte, and Toulifaut; and stakes-placed Cunco.

Outstanding results were expected for the two-time European Horse of the Year at stud, as he attracted a star-studded first book, including champions and classic winners or prominent producers from a number of international jurisdictions. Among those was Eclipse Award winner Stacelita, the dam of Soul Stirring. The Monsun mare, who was privately sold to the Yoshida family of Japan at the end of her 2011 campaign, won 10 of 18 career starts and earned more than $2.3 million.

Stacelita won the French Oaks and three other Group 1 events in that country and was Group 1-placed in England. She won both the Beverly D. and Flower Bowl in the U.S. to earn the 2011 Eclipse Award as champion turf mare.

The Yoshidas have been keen to be involved with Frankel at stud. In 2013, they purchased Grade 1 winner Mi Sueno, in foal to the Galileo stallion, for $1.9 million at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale. The resulting foal is Mi Suerte, the winner of the Group 3 Kyoto Sho Fantasy Stakes. The unbeaten filly is set to take on males this weekend as she chases more Group 1 glory for her sire in the Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes.