|Frankel Stud Fee Announced
Frankel, the Cartier Horse of the Year for this year and last, will begin his stallion career at Khalid Abdullah’s Banstead Manor Stud near Newmarket, England, for a fee of £125,000 (approximately $198,500 in U.S. funds). Bred by Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms, Frankel won all 14 of his starts while earning $4,789,144 for Abdullah.
“The fee for Frankel reflects his merits as being perhaps the greatest racehorse we have ever witnessed,” said Juddmonte general manager Philip Mitchell. “He is by Galileo, who is now recognized as the best sire in the world, and out of Kind, a winner of six races and herself a daughter of one of the most influential stallions in the history of Thoroughbred breeding, Danehill.”
Four-year-old Frankel closed out his career with a 1 3/4-length score in the QIPCO Champion Stakes (Eng-I) at Ascot Oct. 20.
A racing marriage made in heaven appears on the cards after the owners of Black Caviar expressed their desire for the unbeaten Australian wonder mare be mated with Frankel.
The union of the best sprinter in the world with an unblemished 22-race record and the unbeaten best racehorse on the globe, who was retired after his 14th win in Saturday’s Champion Stakes at Ascot, would produce a priceless foal.
Black Caviar, a six-year-old, has not raced since narrowly landing the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in June but any possible mating is unlikely to happen until 2014 at the earliest.
Black Caviar’s managing owner Neil Werrett said: ‘We would consider going to Frankel because he is clearly the best distance horse in the world.
‘There would have to be a few conditions that would have to be worked out to make it happen, but the two best horses in the world together – that would be something. I might be a little biased, but I would say he is the second best horse I have ever seen.’
Information courtesy www.bloodhorse.com