High fertility & outstanding quality - Frankel's first book
By Martin Stevens. Taken from the Racing Post 6/7/13:
Figures from Frankel's first season at his owner-breeder Khalid Abdullah's Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket show the dual world champion is proving as successful in his stallion career as he was on the track.
Frankel covered 133 mares, with the last covered on June 13. Of those, 126 have been scanned in foal for a fertility rate of 95 per cent - a figure all the more impressive for the fact six of the seven mares not in foal were pregnant before suffering early foetal deaths.
Twenty-four mares in Frankel's first book belonged to Prince Khalid's Juddmonte operation. If the owners of all the other mares pay the full £125,000 stud fee, and the covering results in a healthy foal, the son of Galileo will generate revenue of £13,625,000 in his first year at stud.
Frankel covered a stellar first book that included 38 Group or Grade 1 winners and 26 dams of Group or Grade 1 winners, with two mares fitting in both categories.
In all, 113 of the mares (85 per cent of the book) were winners and 92 (69 per cent) earned black type on the track. Fifty-two (39 per cent) of the mares are dams of black-type winners.
Showing the high esteem in which Frankel is held by breeders, 117 mares in his first book - a lofty 88 per cent - are either black-type performers, black-type producers or both.
Among those blue-chip mares were Alexander Goldrun, Danedream, Finsceal Beo, Midday and Stacelita. The average age of Frankel's first mares was ten.
Juddmonte general manager Philip Mitchell said: "Frankel has been a true gentleman throughout the season and great credit for this has to go to his handler Rob Bowley, plus Banstead Manor Stud manager Simon Mockridge and his team."
On the subject of the mares who had lost their foals, Mitchell added: "This demonstrates how important to the industry a better understanding of early foetal death is and the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association is to be congratulated in taking up this initiative with Dr Amanda de Mestre and the Royal Veterinary College with a project entitled ‘Risk factors and pathologies associated with early pregnancy loss in thoroughbreds'."
Frankel's next job will be to cover a limited number of mares to southern-hemisphere time.