Updated on 10/23/2012 1:16PM

Frankel getting set for second career as stallion


As far as Frankel knows, nothing is yet fundamentally altered in his life. Sunday, the day after his career-ending victory in the Champion Stakes, win No. 14 without a defeat, Frankel was back in his stall at trainer Henry Cecil’s Warren Place stables in Newmarket, and there he will stay for the next several days.

Unbeknownst to the animal being hailed as one of the great racehorses of all time, this is no break before serious work for the next race begins. This is the end of one phase of life, with Frankel scheduled to be moved to Juddmonte Farms’s Banstead Manor Stud in about a week, Juddmonte racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said Sunday.

There, Frankel will be let down from racing shape and schooled in the life of a stallion, and if all goes well, Frankel-sired 2-year-olds will be flitting about the heath in 2016.

Frankel’s 1 3/4-length Champion Stakes win Saturday wasn’t nearly as dominant as his previous victories this year, but with soft, tiring turf beneath him, the Champion was unlikely to produce a tour de force such as Frankel’s 11-length win over Excelebration in the Queen Anne Stakes this past summer. English ratings systems responded accordingly: The Racing Post gave Frankel a 136+ for his career finale compared with 143 in the Queen Anne and the Juddmonte International. Timeform pegged his performance at 139, well off its best Frankel mark of 147 in the Queen Anne. The British Horseracing Authority ratings for this past weekend weren’t available Monday.

Cirrus des Aigles, the gelding who finished second to Frankel in the Champion, could ship to Hong Kong and run next in the Dec. 9 Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin, according to his trainer, Corine Barande-Barbe. Cirrus des Aigles shipped and impressively won the Sheema Classic in Dubai this past winter but has experienced less success in three previous trips to Hong Kong, finishing fifth in the 2009 Hong Kong Vase and seventh and fifth in the Hong Kong Cup the last two years.

◗ Godolphin announced Sunday that jockey Frankie Dettori would no longer ride on retainer for the powerful Dubai-based operation in 2013. Dettori, who turns 42 in December, has been the principal jockey for Sheikh Mohammed bin Maktoum al Rashid’s racing stable for 18 years. The split was said to have been mutually agreed upon.

chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Interesting to note that some are seriously trying to downplay the impact of Bullet Train, Frankels' rabbit, on his races and this not even a week after his last at Ascot. It looks that by Christmas-time they'll say, Bullet Who?
MICHAEL More than 1 year ago
Hands down way overrated for what the horse has accomplished. Rather breed to SeaTheStars or Orfevre. But if you want a miler, Frankel is the horse.
richard montgomery More than 1 year ago
I like Frankel and have seen all if his races....he wins impressively. He was great for the sport, but his connections really should have tried placing him in more competitive spots so there wouldn't have been so much doubt in his greatness. My logic is race the best against the best....kinda like breed the best with the best and hope for the best.
O4theluvofgod More than 1 year ago
Exactly who are you complaining that he didn't run against? He beat the 2nd best horse in Europe Cirrus des Aigles, Nathaniel 3rd best horse in Europe, Excelebration 4th best horse in Europe, Sir Nicholas Abbey and Farhh equal 6th best horses in Europe, You can't blame Frankel for Coolmore retiring So You Think and their desire to protect Camelot.
David Voelker More than 1 year ago
"FRANKEL:" The OBAMA of Horse Racing.
dermot More than 1 year ago
Clueless FOOL....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ange More than 1 year ago
If he doesn't breed his first mares until 2013, how will there be Frankel 2 year olds in 2015? His first foals won't even arrive until 2014.
David Voelker More than 1 year ago
Everyone of them will not be able to run the classic distance.
DRFInsidePost More than 1 year ago
Thank you for pointing that out, that has been corrected.
Marcus Semona More than 1 year ago
Run in the Breeder's Cup next week, please!
David Voelker More than 1 year ago
There are scared & should be.
David Voelker More than 1 year ago
I meant they
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
One book offers 16:1 first foal is named Cecil.
Paul_Tuon More than 1 year ago
The release of Frankie Dettori as Godolphin's stable retained rider puts Michael Barzalona as Goldolphin's #1 rider for Godolphin stable and he will get first call on all top Godolphin horses. This means that you will see Barzalona wins a lot of big races all over the world, giving him plenty of chances to show off his on-track antics. [ I'm not ready for it] I just hope that some stewards in some jurisdictions will put an end to his on-track antics and send a clear message Barzalona and to any other rider who thinks it is ok to have a trademark celebration.. It is not.
Grazyna Mianska More than 1 year ago
Very nicely put!
Bruno Altimino More than 1 year ago
"Unbeknownst to the animal being hailed as one of the great racehorses of all time..." That gave me a good laugh.
Rodney More than 1 year ago
its good you can laugh at the truth...
MICHAEL More than 1 year ago
Truth is this horse is way overrated......great miler who runs basically on straight courses......not a real thoroughbred like SeaTheStars or Orfevre......
David Voelker More than 1 year ago
I think they found an easy stakes race in Mexico at 1&1/8 mile to run him in.
Rodney More than 1 year ago
You should go to Mexico and see him run then.....good luck!
Bob F. More than 1 year ago
Frankel, Frankel and Frankel. What about the man he is named for, Bobby Frankel, and the country he is from. I would suggest that the owner or owners of this horse would had the vision of running in the Breeders Cup since they didn't have the guts to run him in the most prestigious of Europe's races the Arc. As far and as fast and as unbeaten he is, his connections have "No Guts" and his greatness will be questioned by many fans of the sport. Again; the owners have taken the path more traveled and so they are nothing special.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Give it a rest already....Wish the horse and his connections well and move on.
dermot More than 1 year ago
Very silly remark old chap ,with your logic zenyatta should have run in BC sprint,Frankel couldn"t stay the 12 furlongs of the Arc in a horse trailer...
Rohan Mardio More than 1 year ago
This is Juddmonte Farms you idiot, they have nothing to prove to you or anyone in this industry.
David Voelker More than 1 year ago
Because he is an allowance horse.
dermot More than 1 year ago
You must be related to Bob F or Stevie Wonder...won ten G1's..Watch his race in Ascot this year when when he beat Excelabration by 11 lenghts,[fav for BC Mile Turf] ,ur clueless mate,now go back into ur little hole,sad,sad,sad man..