Frankel colt makes $800,000 at Keeneland September
Frankel was leading sire by average for Book 1 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, with two colts selling for an average of $650,000.
Hip 571, a colt out of Rose Of Summer, sold to bloodstock agent Ketta Tsukamoto on behalf of Teruo Ono for $800,000, and looks to be heading to Japan.
"The Japanese people love Frankel. He's the best Frankel here, that's why we bought him" commented Ketta Tsukamoto.
The grey colt is a half-brother to Gr.1 winner Laragh and multiple graded stakes winner Summer Front, and was consigned by Indian Creek.
Indian Creek's Shack Parrish told the TDN that it was the colt's walk and his demeanour, as well as his great mind, that made him stand out. "I hope [the Frankels] sell great worldwide. We're big fans."
The colt's breeder Mike Ryan was pleased with the price. "We thought that was around the range we figured he'd bring," he said. "I think he stood out for himself in the market. He has a great pedigree and is an imposing individual. I think the market dictates what you're going to get for them. On the sales grounds he reminded me so much of Frankel - the only thing different was the colour. His demeanor and his constitution physically and mentally is impeccable. I'm very confident that the sky is the limit for this horse."
Rose of Summer foaled a Frankel filly this spring.
Hip 183, a colt out of Compelling, sold for $500,000 during the first session earlier in the week. Out of a half-sister to Gr.2 winner and sire Requinto, he was consigned by Relko and Michael Baum's Man O'War Farm and sold to agent Hugo Merry, bidding on behalf of Prince Faisal's Nawara Stud. Merry commented: "Prince Faisal has been trying to buy a Frankel. He looked at them in Deauville. He liked the look of this horse on the video and in photographs and we liked the horse.
"Americans like a big strong horse," Merry continued. "He was only 15.1 and a half. He was a nice medium-sized horse. I think if he had been another inch bigger, he would have made a lot more money. He's a horse that looks like he'll develop and end up a lovely size."
Frankel was also the leading sire by average at last month's Arqana August Yearling Sale (with more than one lot sold), with an average of €566,666 for six yearlings sold.