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Frankel: the son of Galileo is from a family that blends speed and stamina

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Professional Frankel wins Greenham Stakes

FRANKEL made a pleasing three-year-old debut in the Group 3 Greenham Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

Running keenly in the first furlong, jockey Tom Queally allowed the Henry Cecil-trained colt to race prominently and he stretched clear to beat the Exceed And Excel colt Excelebration by four lengths.

It was a fine trial for his major early-season target, the Qipco 2,000 Guineas, in two weeks time.

Trying to divine what distance Frankel will eventually excel over from his pedigree is a difficult task, as it emits mixed messages.

He is by champion European sire Galileo, who flourished over 1m4f in the Epsom and Irish Derbys and was famously tapped for toe by Fantastic Light over 1m2f in the Irish Champion Stakes.

However, Galileo has shown at stud that he is capable of siring progeny who excel over shorter trips than he did, including with 1m-1m2f Goup 1 winners Cape Blanco, LushLashes, New Approach (second in the Newmarket and Curragh 2,000 Guineas before landing the Derby), Nightime and Rip Van Winkle.

Frankel's dam, Kind, a daughter of Danehill and Lancashire Oaks winner Rainbow Lake, was a dual Listed winner over 5-6f but was a half-sister to Powerscourt (by Galileo's sire Sadler's Wells), who won the Arlington Million (1m2f), Tattersalls Gold Cup (1m2½f) and Great Voltigeur (1m4f).

He has a similar profile to last season's Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner Cape Blanco, who is also by Galileo and out of a useful sprinter.

The puzzle is made even more difficult by the fact that Frankel's three-parts brother Bullet Train (by Sadler's Wells) has lost his form, though it looked as though he would excel over middle distances when winning the 1m3½f Lingfield Derby Trial last year.

Kind has a two-year-old brother to Frankel, a yearling colt by Oasis Dream, and was covered by Oasis Dream again last year.




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