max temp: 8°C

min temp: 7°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Newmarket: Frankel becomes a father as champion racehorse has first foal born

17:09 15 January 2014

Frankel, trained by the late Sir Henry Cecil, retired from the track in October 2012 after taking his 100% record to 14 with victory in the Qipco Champion Stakes.

Frankel, trained by the late Sir Henry Cecil, retired from the track in October 2012 after taking his 100% record to 14 with victory in the Qipco Champion Stakes.

(c) copyright citizenside.com

Frankel, the world’s greatest racehorse, has lived up to his billing as the most valuable commodity in breeding history after siring his first foal.


Despite his unproven libido, breeders from across the world lined up to meet his £125,000 stud demands when it was revealed the Newmarket-born wonder horse was retiring in October 2012 following an unbeaten and record-breaking career on the track.

And today it was announced the thoroughbred, trained by the late Sir Henry Cecil, had become a father for the first time after Group Three-winning mare Chrysanthemum gave birth to a bay colt at Coolmore Stud in Ireland on Saturday.

The stud reported that the foal is “a handsome colt with a good head, a white blaze and great presence”.

The news was greeted with great delight at his owner-breeder Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Banstead Manor Stud in Cheveley, on the outskirts of Newmarket, where Frankel stands.

Juddmonte Farms general manager Philip Mitchell said: “From the reports that I have received, Frankel’s first foal is everything we could have hoped for.

“These are very exciting times for everyone who has supported the horse and we very much look forward to the rest of his first crop of foals.”

Frankel, the son of champion sire Galileo, last year covered 133 mares in his first season, of whom 126 were confirmed in foal.

More than 100 applications for his services were rejected, it is understood.

The coverings yielded around £15million, with his potential stud earnings estimated at £100m plus.

The official best racehorse in history could remain in breeding for the next 20 years if he remains healthy.

He is expected to breed three times a day and cover 130 mares each season.

Other top mares he has already attracted include Alexander Goldrun, Danedream, Dar Re Mi, Midday, Stacelita and Vodka. His covering fee remains unchanged for 2014.



Woman conned by bogus caller (Stock photo)

A Hadleigh woman who lost £2,500 in a police scam has warned others to be alert to the crime.

The Essex and Herts Air Ambulance

A man was air lifted to hospital with chest pains after he was involved in a two-vehicle crash in Essex.

She was last seen in the area of Downside Close in Ipswich.

Concern is growing for a 49-year-old woman who has gone missing in Ipswich.

Essex police are investigating a robbery at Jaywick.

An 88-year-old Essex man suffered a broken hip when he was knocked to the ground by robbers who burst into his Jaywick home.

HGV drink-driver in court

A lorry driver carrying a trailer full of wine has admitted dangerous driving when weaving between lanes on the A14 while three times over the drink-drive limit.

Ipswich Park and Ride. Martlesham.

The two remaining park and ride sites in Ipswich could close in three years’ time if there is not a substantial increase in the number of motorists using them.

Members of the nursing team at Ipswich Hospital.

Carers and visitors of people being looked after at Ipswich Hospital will next month be able to spend more time with patients as new extended visiting hours are introduced.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the East Anglian Daily Times e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24