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Updated on 10/23/2012 1:16PM
Frankel getting set for second career as stallion
By Marcus Hersh
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.
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?
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.
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.
"FRANKEL:" The OBAMA of Horse Racing.
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.
Run in the Breeder's Cup next week, please!
One book offers 16:1 first foal is named Cecil.
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.
"Unbeknownst to the animal being hailed as one of the great racehorses of all time..." That gave me a good laugh.
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.
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