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Frankel - Ascot - 115/10/2011

Frankel: his QEII romp continued an outstanding year for his sire Galileo

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Pedigrees behind the Champions Day heroes

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Group 1)

PHENOMENAL Frankel blew away the opposition in what was likely his last start as a three-year-old before racing again next year. Two horses out of the very top-drawer, Excelebration (Exceed And Excel) and Immortal Verse (Pivotal), chased him home but could never land a blow.

The QEII is the 20th Group or Grade 1 race won by a son or daughter of Galileo this year.

TheCoolmore stallion has enjoyed a phenomenal year, with Frankel, Golden Lilac, Misty For Me, Roderic O'Connor and Treasure Beach winning Classics and Nathaniel scoring in the King George.

Frankel was bred by his owner Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms out of the Danehill mare Kind, a Listed winner over 5-6f out of Lancashire Oaks winner Rainbow Lake.

Kind is a half-sister to Tattersalls Gold Cup and Arlington Million winner Powerscourt (by Galileo's sire Sadler's Wells) and her first foal was last year's Lingfield Derby Trial winner Bullet Train, who was on pacemaker duties for Frankel here.

Noble Mission, Frankel's two-year-old brother, is with Frankel's trainer Henry Cecil.

Champion Stakes (Group 1)

Cirrus Des Aigles - who beat two superstars in So You Think and Snow Fairy to land the Champion Stakes - possesses a rags-to-riches pedigree.

He is one of only two winners in Britain and Ireland for Even Top, who was trained by Mark Tompkins and failed by just a nose to win the 1996 2,000 Guineas, when second to Mark Of Esteem.

Even Top originally stood at Clara View Stud in Ireland - his last recorded fee there was the peanuts price of €1,525 - but was later transferred to the Haras des Loges in France, where he covered small books. He has only three two-year-olds to represent him this year.

In addition to French-bred Cirrus Des Aigles, he is the sire of several winners over jumps including the French Listed-placed jumper Tresor Du Chateau.

Cirrus Des Aigles is one of two winners from five runners out of his unraced dam, the Septieme Ciel mare Taille De Guepe, and the best performer within three generations of his family.

British Champions Long Distance Cup (Group 2)

Fame And Glory made most of the running, with runner-up Opinion Poll (Halling) and fast-finishing third Colour Vision (Rainbow Quest) never able to land a blow.

Fame And Glory continues a brilliant year for his Coolmore-based sire Montjeu, who has also been represented by the winners of the Derby (Pour Moi), Coronation Cup (St Nicholas Abbey), St Leger (Masked Marvel) and Irish St Leger (Jukebox Jury).

Bred by Kirsten Rausing and Ptarmigan Bloodstock, Fame And Glory is out of the winning Shirley Heights mare Gryada. His sister, Yummy Mummy, won only once, in a 1m2f maiden at three from seven starts.

Gryada was bought at the 2005 Tattersalls December sale for 160,000gns from Plantation Stud, where the breeding operation of her breeder, Lord Howard de Walden, was formerly based.

Gryada was sold as a foal by Lanwades Stud at the same sale a year later, for 180,000gns to agent Amanda Skiffington.
While at Plantation Stud, Gryada produced Grampian, who placed twice at Listed level, and Guaranda, who was third in the Listed Upavon Stakes at Salisbury.

British Champions Sprint Stakes (Group 2)

Deacon Blues made it five wins on the trot with victory in this Group 2, formerly the Diadem Stakes. Ballylinch Stud’s filly Wizz Kid (Whipper) was second, with Librettist (Libranno) in third.

Deacon Blues is by July Cup hero and Whitsbury Manor Stud stallion Compton Place, whose stud record includes another fine and popular sprinter in Borderlescott.

Compton Place, a son of Indian Ridge who stood at £6,000 this year, is also responsible for Group/Grade 2 winners Godfrey Street, Passified and Prolific.

Deacon Blues was bred by co-owner Peter Hopper with Mr and Mrs Grundy and is the first foal out of the Bishop Of Cashel mare Persario, a dual 6-7f winner and thre-parts sister to Warningford, a triple Group 3 winner over 7f.

British Champions Fillies’ and Mares’ (Group 2)

Dancing Rain added this event to her big prize haul this year that also includes the Oaks and Preis der Diana. Bible Belt, a homebred for Cristina Patino by Irish National Stud new recruit Big Bad Bob, was second, with Gertrude Bell (Sinndar) in third.

Dancing Rain is another high-class daughter of Coolmore sire Danehill Dancer after the likes of Alexander Tango, Lillie Langtry, Miss Beatrix and Speciosa.

She was bred by Swettenham Stud out of Rain Flower, an unraced Indian Ridge three-parts sister to Derby hero Dr Devious.

This family has been on fire this year, as Sumora, Dancing Rain’s Listed-winning three-parts sister by Danehill, is dam of champion juvenile filly-elect Maybe, winner of the Debutante and Moyglare Stud Stakes.

Dancing Rain was bought by bloodstock agents Liam Norris and William Huntingdon for €200,000 at the 2009 Goffs Orby Yearling Sale, where she went through the ring early as lot 4.




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