Saturday 24 March 2018

Frankel's first foal 66/1 for 2017 Epsom Derby

Frankel, seen here with Tom Queally up, has sired his first foal. PA WIRE
Frankel, seen here with Tom Queally up, has sired his first foal. PA WIRE

Thomas Kelly

Frankel's first foal has been born to Group Three-winning mare Chrysanthemum.

The six-year-old daughter of Danehill Dancer gave birth to a bay colt at Coolmore Stud in Tipperary on Saturday. The stud reported that the foal is "a handsome colt with a good head, a white blaze and great presence."

The news has been greeted with great delight at his owner-breeder Khalid Abdullah's Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket, where Frankel stands.

Chrysanthemum, which spent her racing days with trainer David Wachman in Tipperary, was the first mare scanned in foal to Frankel last year.

Frankel, trained by the late Henry Cecil, retired from the track in October 2012 after taking his 100pc record to 16 with victory in the Qipco Champion Stakes.

The son of Galileo, now a six-year-old, mated with 133 mares between February and June in 2013 at £125,000 a time.

The coverings yielded around £15m.

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 land the Derby.

Irish Independent

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