11/03/2014 9:22AM

Group 1 winner Noble Mission, a full brother to Frankel, to stand at Lane’s End


Noble Mission, a multiple Group 1 winner and full brother to European champion Frankel, has been retired from racing and will make his stallion debut at Lane’s End in 2015.

The Versailles, Ky., farm purchased a majority interest in the 5-year-old son of Galileo and will stand him in association with his owner and breeder, Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms. A 2015 fee will be announced.

“Juddmonte Farms has been an extraordinary breeding and racing operation over the years, and we’re thrilled to be a part of this horse,” said Lane’s End owner Will Farish. “Many of the world’s best stallions are in Europe, and we feel the need to revert to the days of importing top class European horses to stand in America. We’re confident he can add to the long list of influential stallions like Nasrullah, Roberto, Nureyev, Lyphard, Kingmambo, and others to become a successful stallion here.”

The British-bred Noble Mission retires with 9 wins in 21 starts for earnings of $2,202,887, highlighted by Group 1 victories this year in the QIPCO Champion Stakes in England, the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in France, and the Tattersalls Gold Cup in Ireland. He won two additional Group 3 races in England and finished second by a half-length in the Grosser Dallmayr-Pries–Bayerisches Zuchtrennen, a Group 1 stakes in Germany.

Sir Henry Cecil trained Noble Mission until his death in June 2013 when his wife, Lady Jane Cecil, took over the horse’s conditioning.

Noble Mission is out of the Group 3-placed stakes-winning Danehill mare Kind. In addition to undefeated European champion Frankel, Kind is the dam of Group 3 winner Bullet Train, who also stands in the U.S., and Group 3-placed stakes winner Joyeuse.

Noble Mission’s extended family includes Grade/Group 1 winner Powerscourt, Grade 2 winner Riposte, and Group 3 winners Rainbow Lake and Last Train.

“Noble Mission was a thrill for all of us at Juddmonte, and of course for Lady Cecil,” said Juddmonte racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe. “He’s one of the best in his division and has ensured his place at stud. Lane’s End expressed a strong interest in the horse and the Prince was happy to go on and stand him in America. We look forward to supporting him.”

Noble Mission will be available for inspection in early December upon arriving in the U.S.