As Frankel's second season at stud comes to a close, Juddmonte Farms reports that the undefeated champion has been represented by 108 foals—57 colts and 51 fillies—to date from his highly anticipated first crop.
Frankel, a son of Coolmore's leading European sire Galileo, was retired to Juddmonte's Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket, England, for the 2013 breeding season after winning all 14 career starts. He is rated as the world's best racehorse ever on the flat.
The first foal by Frankel to be offered at public auction was sold along with his dam (in foal to the undefeated champion), for £1.15 million ($1,952,437 in United States funds) June 16 at the inaugural Goffs London, England, sale at The Orangery, Kensington Palace. The 3-month-old colt, bred by Qatar Bloodstock and born March 18, was bought by Coolmore's M. V. Magnier on behalf of a partnership.
LEWYN: Frankel Foal Sells With Dam for $1,952,437
"These are exciting times for us all at Juddmonte," Juddmonte Farms general manager Philip Mitchell said in a statement. "Frankel has covered a truly exceptional book of mares in his first two seasons. It seems that whatever Frankel does it is always with sheer class. He achieved 94% fertility and now his foals have an air of superiority together with the horse's great strength and depth, not to mention his easy-going walk. There is plenty to look forward to.
"Reports from breeders around the world have been enthusiastic and their support is vital to Frankel's ongoing success."
According to Juddmonte, among the 133 mares bred to Frankel in 2013 were 38 grade/group I winners and 25 dams of grade/group I winners. Juddmonte reported 118 (88% of the total) of Frankel's first-crop mares were blacktype winners or producers, with an increase in the overall percentage of blacktype winners/producers in his 2014 book of mares.
"A pleasing aspect of Frankel's second book is both the number of leading breeders and of notable mares that have paid return visits to him 2014," said Banstead Manor Farm manager Simon Mockridge.