Frankel's brothers to retire to stud for 2015
Frankel's full-brother Noble Mission has been retired and will take up stallion duties at Lane’s End Stud in Kentucky, USA, for next season.
The five-year-old full brother to Frankel won nine races – five this year, including three Group 1s.
The highlight of his fine career was last month’s superb victory in the Champion Stakes at Ascot where he emerged successful from a thrilling battle with Al Kazeem. Lane’s End will stand Noble Mission in partnership with Juddmonte Farms.
Noble Mission's trainer Lady Cecil said: “As a brother to Frankel, Noble Mission was always going to be a high-profile horse, but he became a top-class performer in his own right and gave a series of wonderful performances.
"In several ways, he was like Frankel to train – a very sound individual with a superb, powerful action. On the racecourse, he showed a high cruising speed that he was able to sustain for long periods.
"That was exemplified at Ascot in the Champion Stakes in which he also demonstrated an amazing will to win in that duel with Al Kazeem.
"On a personal level, I will never forget Noble Mission and feel privileged to have had the opportunity to train him. We wish him every success in his new career and are sure he will do very well.”
Noble Mission was awarded the title of Cartier Older Horse of the Year 2014 in a ceremony in London on 11th November.
Frankel's half-brother (by Juddmonte stallion Oasis Dream) Morpheus meanwhile will retire to stand at Tally-Ho Stud, Co. Westmeath, Ireland.
Morpheus recorded three wins as a three-year-old in England at Ascot, Newmarket and Nottingham when trained by Lady Jane Cecil on behalf of Juddmonte Farms.
Tony O’Callaghan of Tally-Ho Stud commented: “We are delighted that Morpheus will be standing at Tally-Ho. Morpheus is an imposing individual standing a strong 16 hands high and will very much appeal to our clients and provide them with the opportunity to avail of the successful bloodlines developed by Juddmonte Farms."
Frankel's dam Kind now has four sons at stud - the other being Group 3 winner Bullet Train, who resides at Crestwood Farm in Kentucky.
Picture: Noble Mission pictured with members of Team Cecil. Courtesy of Tony Rushmer.