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Frankel - - Newmarket Guineas Meeting 30.4.11

Frankel became Juddmonte Farm's ninth homebred Classic winner when winning the 2,000 Guineas on Saturday

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) 

Can Frankel stay
the Derby distance?

Qipco 2,000 Guineas (Group 1), 1m, 3yo

FRANKEL (c Galileo - Kind by Danehill)

Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Ltd in GB

FRANKEL became the ninth Juddmonte homebred winner of a Classic when demolishing the 2,000 Guineas field on Saturday in a manner even more impressive than the operation's previous homebred winner of the race, Zafonic.

In the process, he became the sixth three-year-old Classic winner by last year's champion sire Galileo.

The burning question now is whether Henry Cecil's brilliant colt can stay 1m4f.

There is cause for encouragement; Galileo, was a dual Derby winner who has since sired a host of good runnersover 1m4f plus including Derby winner New Approach while his dam, Kind, has already produced a smart - but temperamental - colt to Galileo's sire, Sadler's Wells, in Bullet Train, who saw out 1m 3 1/2f well when winning his last year's Lingfield Derby Trial.

In addition, Kind is a half-sister to Arlington Million winner Powerscourt while her dam, Rainbow Lake, was successful in the 1993 Lancashire Oaks. Although it is difficult to imagine Frankel repeating today's winning tactics around Epsom in the Derby, you would expect him to relish a step up in trip.

However, doubts arise from the race record of Kind. Like her sire, Danehill, before her, Kind proved best over 5-6f, notably when taking the Listed Kilvington Stakes at Nottingham over 6ffor Roger Charlton.

The cross of Galileo - who stands at Coolmore at a private fee - over mares by Danehill has developed into one of the most strikingly successful nicks. It is also responsible for Group 1 winners Cima De Triomphe (Italian Derby), Roderic O'Connor (Criterium International), Teofilo (National, Dewhurst Stakes), as well as sisters Cuis Ghaire and Gile Na Greine, who have finished placed in the last two 1,000 Guineas renewals.

Another highflying cross is that of Darley's exciting young sire Dubawi over Green Desert mares. It was represented by last year's 2,000 Guineas hero Makfi and by this year's runner-up Dubawi Gold.

 

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