After Frankel’s astounding performance yesterday, he has stamped himself firmly as one of the best racehorses we have seen in the last 30 years of racing and his Timeform Rating of 147 reflects his phenomenal achievement, with whispers of him being the next Secretariat. He is the epitome of what every racehorse breeder in the world aspires to breed, a champion of champions – and this is our goal at the beginning of every breeding season when we sit down and begin planning the matings for our mares.
Frankel, has a regal pedigree to start with – an amalgamation of two champion sires (Galileo and Danehill) who have descended from a world champion sire themselves – notably to the famous Northern Dancer and his dam, Natalma. Frankel has gone onto achieve beyond expectations.
By Galileo out of Kind by Danehill, there was almost no question he would be a reasonable racehorse but what he has achieved to date leaves fans breathless, he is a shining beacon of hope for what every Thoroughbred breeder in the world hopes to achieve. Galileo, by Sire-Of-Sires Sadler’s Wells, is a half-brother to Sea The Stars. Kind, a very good-looking mare by Danehill out of Rainbow Lake by Rainbow Quest, bears a resemblance in her conformation and leg markings to her famous great-grandfather, Northern Dancer.
KZN is fortunate to have access to these pedigrees, with King Of Kings (by Sadlers Wells), Spectrum by Rainbow Quest and plenty of Danehill blood – the likes of Bush Hill Stud’s new addition to their stallion band in Curved Ball(AUS), a grandson of Danehill through Australia’s champion sire Fastnet Rock, Newton, Overlord, Requiem, Rocky Street (through Danehill’s son Rock Of Gibraltar), Spanish Harlem, Solksjaer and Way West. We are fortunate in South Africa to have witnessed the amazing feats of Igugu(AUS), herself by Galileo.
Frankel was the only horse in history to have his own TV advertisement put out recently before his run in the Juddmonte, and now has his own website.
Jim Power, the man who helped bring him into the world, however doesn’t agree with a popular label the great horse has been given. “I’m not sure I agree with people calling Frankel a ‘freak’. He is the epitome of what you want to achieve when you breed the best to the best. He’s not a freak, he’s a true racehorse – he lives to run.”