Ever since the great racehorse was retired, he has been ‘covering’ like there was no tomorrow.
In a week when the Coolmore stud operation was mourning the death of St. Nicholas Abbey, they also had happier news to impart.
They announced that a colt is the first foal out of dual Group winner Chrysanthemum, who was the first mare confirmed in foal to Frankel last year. The pair got it together on St.Valentines Day. How romantic!
Standing at his birthplace Banstead Manor for an advertised fee of £125,000, the son of champion sire Galileo covered 133 mares in his first season, of whom 126 were confirmed in foal.
So it’s clear Frankel, now aged 6, has not been firing blanks!
He retired from racing in October 2012 after taking his 100% record to 16 with victory in the Qipco Champion Stakes.
Other top mares he has already attracted include Alexander Goldrun, Danedream, Dar Re Mi, Midday, Stacelita and Vodka.
The coverings yielded around £15 million, with his potential stud earnings estimated at £100m plus.
Bookmakers have been swift to price up markets on Frankel’s offspring, with Betfred quoting the first foal at 5-2 to emulate his sire and win on his racecourse debut.
The colt is 33-1 with that firm to win the 2016 Dewhurst Stakes, 40-1 to land the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in 2017 and 66-1 to lift the Derby.
Betfred spokesman Andrew Griffiths said: “Frankel’s first-born has huge shoes to fill, but we don’t think he will be a late bloomer with a debut win just 5-2.”
William Hill gave a 4-1 quote that Frankel sires a Classic winner in the UK in 2017.
I wouldn’t bet against it.
Keep it up Frankel!