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Here's How To Breed The Next Frankel

Thursday, 16th May 2013

With enough cash, within the next three weeks you could have the ingredients to breed the next Frankel. In fact, you could have two opportunities to try to reproduce the world’s best racehorse ever.

Here’s how: on May 29 at the Magic Millions National Sale, Lot 706 is scheduled to enter the ring. By the enormously successful sire and broodmare sire Sadler’s Wells, broodmare Endless’ pedigree page is designed to put breeders into that utopian dream state of “What if?”

Unraced, Endless is a full-sister to dual Gr1-winner Powerscourt (Sadler’s Wells-Rainbow Lake, by Rainbow’s Quest), successful at the elite level on both sides of the Atlantic, and complemented by other significant Gr1 performances around the world.

While that in itself is an ironclad reason to buy her, it’s not THE reason. Endless is also a half-sister to Kind, at this point in history the most sought-after broodmare on the planet. Kind is the dam, among other very good gallopers, of World Champion Frankel who retired to stud with the now highest-ever rating of 140. That accolade followed 14 undefeated starts, among them 10 Gr1s of which 9 came in his last 9 outings (see his unique story by clicking on the video below).

The good news is that should you happen to miss out on securing Endless, who is still a young mare and in-foal to unbeaten classic-winning Patinack Farm freshman stallion Husson (Hussonet-Villa Elisa, by Roy), then there’s still a chance to purchase her yearling daughter a week later.

Lot 1529 is by the world’s highest-rated racehorse of 2007, Manduro, a German-bred son of Monsun, whose oldest crop are 4YOs in Europe. Manduro’s progeny includes 13 individual stakes-performers, among them France’s Gr1 Saint-Cloud Criterium de Saint-Cloud winner Mandaean.

It goes without saying that both Endless and her yearling fall into a globally uber-commercial bracket and it would be no surprise to see them spirited away to the Northern Hemisphere.

The past year has witnessed vastly improving markets for thoroughbreds the world over. While prices have risen, it’s a double-edged sword for breeders looking to tap into breeding stock with close-up Gr1 connections. That’s largely because their owners see potential profits via their offspring and choose to breed instead of selling.

Cassandra Simmonds of Magic Millions notes that, in Australia at least, it’s getting progressively harder for breeders to buy into elite commercial young mares just off the track. At this year’s sale there is a quartet of mares that falls into that exclusive bracket. Like the Frankel relations, two of these four mares form part of the unreserved Patinack Farm Dispersal which will proceed unless a buyer is found for the entire operation (including the bloodstock) before the start of the National Sale.

The Gr1-winning duo are two of the better known fillies in Australia; Nechita (Fastnet Rock) is only lightly raced, the Gr3 Silver Shadow Stakes winner knocking out some big names when winning the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes to take her record to 3 wins from 4 starts. Pear Tart (Dehere) won Brisbane’s Gr1 Tattersall’s Tiara to go with her Gr2 Queensland Guineas and is out of a Sadler’s Wells mare.

The other two rare Gr1 winners straight off the track are Mid Summer Music (Oamaru Force) & Mirjulisa Lass (Danasinga). The former won the Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap, and has subsequently won the Listed Kevin Heffernan Stakes at Caulfield. Mirjulisa Lass’ scorecard includes the Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes.

Although there are other high profile Gr1 winners for sale, albeit they’ve already been bred to, one subset of mares almost guaranteed to have huge pulling power is that of the blue-hens that have already produced Gr1 winners on the track. Consider how exciting it’d be to have the mum of one of these Gr1 winners in the paddock at home: Appearance, Arapaho Miss, Dealer Principal, Jimmy Choux, Melito, Questing New or Road To Rock! Among the sires that have covered the dams of that exclusive group are Fastnet Rock, So You Think, Redoute’s Choice and Lope de Vega.


Melito selling as a broodmare

As is usually the case each year, the weanling section of the sale offers owners and breeders with their first opportunity to view the progeny of last year’s Freshman sires. This year that group includes the young stallions: Beneteau, Captain Sonador, Congrats, Drumbeats, Hinchinbrook, Lookin At Lucky, Lope de Vega, Monaco Consul, Rothesay, Star Witness, Starspangledbanner, Stryker and Tickets.

This year’s Magic Millions National Sale also includes sections for weanlings, racehorses and yearlings, with the National Yearling Sale now the third largest by horse numbers after Inglis Easter and Magic Millions Gold Coast.

Magic Millions has run a catchy promotional theme for this year’s National Sale with the slogan, “Where Can You Go With A June Yearling”. And the answer? “Anywhere You Want”. That follows the success of the sale’s high profile graduates in a number of local and overseas locations.

The Magic Millions National Sale – featuring over 2,300 horses in total, will be held across nearly two weeks, with the break-up of categories and dates as follows:

  • Monday 27 May to Tuesday 28 May: Weanlings
  • Wednesday 29 May to Friday 31 May: Mares
  • Tuesday 4 June to Thursday 6 June: Yearlings
  • Friday 7 June: Racehorses


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