Thursday, 28 June 2012
: Frankel's cavalier performance to win the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot last week by 11 lengths was more awesome than the five lengths victory of the great racehorse and sire Ribot – unbeaten in 16 races and held by many as the World Horse of the Century - in the King George & Queen Elizabeth at the same course 55 years ago.
It was the unbeaten Frankel's eleventh win and seventh at G1 level and added fuel to the opinion of responsible assessors such as Timeform
that he may be the best racehorses of all time.
This can only gain more credence if, in the near future, he wins as anticipated beyond a mile.
Frankel's Royal Ascot win was enjoyable for Australians familiar with his breeding as he represents a cross of two champion sires, Galileo over a Danehill mare, used by Coolmore
Stud in Ireland and the NSW Hunter Valley.
Now regarded as one of the a world's elite sires, Galileo is a Sadler's Wells winner of English Derby, Irish Derby and King George V1 & Queen Elizabeth Stakes while the deceased Danehill is a Danzig champion European 3YO Sprinter who has been a record nine times champion Australian sire as well as a leader in Europe.
Danehill's dual hemisphere use and worldwide success, predictably, will see him appear in more five generation pedigrees than any other sire in history.
Inbred 3x4 to Northern Dancer, Frankel is the second of the first three foals of Kind, a stakes winner of six races in the five to seven furlongs range in Great Britain including five in succession at three.
The other two are Frankel's year younger brother Noble Mission, a winner recently of the Listed Newmarket Stakes over 10 furlongs and his 2007 produced three-quarter Sadler's Wells brother Bullet Train, winner at three of the G3 Lingfield Derby Trial (11½ furlongs).
Frankel is nearly a three-quarter brother to the much travelled Powerscourt, winner in America of the G1 Arlington Million, Ireland 's G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup and England 's G2 Great Voltigeur Stakes.
He was also second at G1 level in England at two and Germany at four and third in the Irish St Leger and US Breeders' Cup Turf.
Now at stud in Turkey, Powerscourt has been used as a dual hemisphere sire in the US and South America with eight of his 11 stakes winners bred in Chile.
Powerscourt's relationship to Frankel flows from his being a half-brother by Sadler's Wells to Kind.
They are the only two successful in stakes winners among the seven winners produced by Rainbow Lake, a mare who won three successive middle distance races in England.
In the Lancashire Oaks she turned in a Frankel-like exhibition to win by seven lengths. And like Frankel she was bred and raced by Khalid Abdulla, the Saudi Arabian Prince who heads the Juddmonte thoroughbred empire, and was trained by Sir Henry Cecil.
Rainbow Lake is by the stamina endowing Blushing Groom sire Rainbow Quest, himself a winner of the G1 Prix de l'Arc deTriomphe and G1 Epsom Coronation Cup and placed in the Irish and French Derbys.
Although he supplied 530 winners, including 59 stakes winners, the now deceased Rainbow Quest took until his last crop got when he was 26 to sire a winner of Europe's premier staying race, the Ascot Gold Cup.
It came this year with the honours going to his 4YO son Colour Vision.
Frankel and Powerscourt are the only performers under the first five dams to win or place at G1 level but the family has been the source of many quality performers since1980.
One of the best has been Desert King, the 1997 Irish 2000 Guineas and Derby winner, a regular shuttle stallion now standing at Bombora Downs in Victoria.
Famous as the sire of the sire of record three times Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva, Desert King is also by Kind's sire Danehill and Frankel's fifth dam Nasira (Persian Gulf x Circassia, by Sir Cosmo) was a half-sister to Nymphet (Nearula), the fourth dam of Desert King.