Frankel: supplied 18 winners from his first crop of two-year-oldsPICTURE: Asuncion Pineyrua
Fabre filly Lady Frankel wins on debut in France
THE regally bred Lady Frankel, a daughter of dual world champion Frankel, duly obliged on her debut when she landed the Prix Calandria at Saint-Cloud on Sunday.
Trained by Andre Fabre, the three-year-old filly showed signs of greenness during the race but as the field entered the home straight Pierre-Charles Boudot asked her to knuckle down on the outside of the pack. Once finding her stride she picked up impressively to lead close home.
A Gestut Ammerland homebred out of the Group 3-winning Vettori mare Lady Vettori, she boasts a classy pedigree as she is a half-sister to dual French Classic winner and exciting young sire Lope De Vega. She is also a half-sister to Group 3 scorer Bal De La Rose and the Listed-winning Lord Of The Land.
Frankel, unbeaten in 14 races, made a big impression with his first crop of two-year-olds on the track last year. He supplied 18 individual winners worldwide.
He notched his first top-level success when Soul Stirring won the Grade 1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies Stakes in December and was also represented by the Group performers Queen Kindly, Fair Eva, Frankuus and Toulifaut.
Frankel is standing the current breeding season at a fee of £125,000 at Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket.