She was very professional in the race

Frankel's half-sister wins her first race

Frankel's two-year-old half-sister, Joyeuse, won her very first race yesterday at Lingfield.

Joyeuse (pictured here as a foal in 2011) started favourite for the 6f maiden race, not surprising given her illustrious pedigree.

She showed an enthusiastic running style not dissimilar to that of her famous half-brother, but once she settled she drew clear of the field to win by an impressive three-and-a-quarter lengths.

Like Frankel, Joyeuse is trained by Sir Henry Cecil and was ridden by Tom Queally. Tom said after the race: "I was happy with the way she did it. The ground was on the slow side and better ground would bring out more in her. She was very professional in the race."

Joyeuse may now be aimed at the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot next month.

Her sire is Frankel's 'next door neighbour' at Banstead Manor Stud, Oasis Dream, who is currently the leading sire in Europe by winners and the leading British-based sire by prize money. You can read more about Oasis Dream here.  

Joyeuse's win comes just days after Noble Mission - Frankel's four-year-old full brother - won his first race of the season, the Listed Tapster Stakes at Goodwood.

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Frankel's victory in the 2000 Guineas marked the 25th Classic success for his trainer, Sir Henry Cecil.