The Frankel hype is an excitement and is great for the industry

Senator is winner number eight

Taken from the Racing Post online:

Frankel extended his sire record to six from eight with two-year-olds first time out in Britain and Ireland as Senator (pictured as a foal) got the hang of things late in the 6f maiden at Leicester on Wednesday night.

The Richard Fahey-trained debutant, out of Fillies' Mile Gr.1 winner Red Bloom, was all at sea at the halfway point but picked up impressively under Tony Hamilton to get up close home.

"He's a big raw horse and you could see at halfway he was completely lost but he was strong at the line and he'd get seven furlongs," said the jockey.

Fahey has achieved two victories with Frankel filly Queen Kindly and Chris Richardson, managing director of Senator's owner-breeder Cheveley Park Stud, was happy to be part of the stallion's amazing start.

"He's a very flashy Frankel and I was worried he might find it a bit much but he was professional and handled it well," Richardson said.

"He'll go home and we'll see how he comes out of the race before deciding where to go next. The Frankel hype is an excitement and is great for the industry."

Frankel, a 10-time Group 1 winner who remained unbeaten in 14 runs and regarded as one of the greatest horses ever to grace the turf, has an overall progeny record of 10 victories from 18 starts.

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The 'Frankel factor' saw a record first day attendance at the Ebor Festival on 22 August 2012, when a total of 30,163 racegoers turned up to see Frankel in the Juddmonte International - 55% more people than on the same day in 2011. The attendance eclipsed the previous best for an opening day of the festival back in 1989, when just over 23,000 racegoers were present.