Frankel a Tatts Attraction
Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News, 7th October 2016:
The peerless champion Frankel has made a flying start to his stud career this year, and as such it shouldn't have come as a surprise that his second-crop yearlings would be highly sought after at Tattersalls this week.
The Juddmonte resident had 10 sell for 7,335,000gns and an average of 733,500gns, and his three seven-figure lots were headed by Floors Stud's son of dual champion filly Attraction (Efisio) (lot 475). Like the session-topping colt, the bay was hammered down to Angus Gold, this time for 1.6-million guineas.
The Frankel colt, who also was the subject of attention from Roger Varian, is the ninth produce of Attraction, winner of five Group 1s including the Gr.1 1000 Guineas and Gr.1 Irish 1000 Guineas. Attraction has already produced the Gr.3 Sapphire Stakes winner Fountain Of Youth (Oasis Dream) - a 420,000gns buy at this sale - and Cushion (Galileo), twice Gr.3-placed in the USA. Attraction produced a Dubawi colt this year and was bred back to Invincible Spirit.
The Duke of Roxburghe, owner of Floors Stud in Scotland, said after the sale: "It is a feeling of relief. I've watched the horses selling all week and waited for today and have been starting to feel the pressure.
"Frankel is the most exciting stallion, and Attraction was the most exciting thing to happen in my racing life - both of them made all up the Rowley Mile. This could not have been more fitting."
The Duke of Roxburghe explained that he had to wait longer than hoped to breed to Frankel.
"I wanted to use Frankel for her in his first year, but Attraction was on a late pregnancy so we left her that year," he noted.
"This colt was always the coolest horse to work with, a fantastic temperament and outlook and my staff have done a wonderful job all year. It is an honour that Sheikh Hamdan and Shadwell have bought him."
Frankel and Zoffany meet again...
Zoffany (Dansili) was one of only two horses to finish within a length of Frankel when chasing him down in the Gr.1 St James's Palace Stakes of 2011, and on the final day of Book 1 Zoffany's half-brother by Juddmonte's young superstar was an early highlight when selling for 1.1-million guineas.
John Magnier bought Zoffany from Croom House Stud for 220,000gns, and his son MV came back for his sibling (lot 385), continuing Coolmore's list of purchases this season in partnership with the Mayfair Speculators.
"Denis Brosnan is a very good breeder and we've had luck buying from Croom House Stud before, especially with Zoffany," said Magnier. "He's made a great start at stud and we're hoping that Washington DC will either run at Ascot on Champions Day or in the Breeders' Cup. Frankel is also doing really well and this is a very nice colt."
As well as Zoffany, the Machiavellian mare Tyranny has also produced Gr.3 Anglesey Stakes winner and Gr.2 Gimcrack Stakes runner-up Wilshire Boulevard (Holy Roman Emperor) among her five offspring to have saluted the judge.
Moyglare adds a Frankel to the family...
A daughter of Frankel is headed for the racing stable - and later the paddocks - of Moyglare Stud after being snapped up by that nursery's representative Fiona Craig, who outlasted the likes of Roger Varian and Peter Doyle, for 900,000gns late in the session on Thursday. Lot 522, consigned by Barronstown Stud, is the fifth produce of the Gr.3 winner Cassydora (Darshaan), and therefore a full-sister to this year's Gr.3 Prix d'Aumale winner Toulifaut, who cost Katsumi Yoshida 1.9-million euros at last weekend's Arqana Arc Sale. They are half-sisters to dual Group 3 winner Ernest Hemingway, a son of Frankel's sire Galileo.
"I'd better tell the owner [Moyglare's Eva-Maria Bucher Haefner] she bought a filly - she's driving from Zurich airport after spending the day in Paris," Craig said. "It's a shame she couldn't be here today, but she's the one that's been working."
Craig noted the family - which, incidentally, traces back to Zoffany, the half-brother to the 1.1-million guineas Frankel colt sold earlier in the day - was one Moyglare wanted to get into.
"It's a gorgeous pedigree," Craig said. "That's what we need to have, and they're hard to buy. I loved the Galileo filly before [the 2.1-million guineas full-sister to Alice Springs], she was an absolute knockout. This filly will take a bit more time, but she's very Darshaan - she's very nice. We'll get her back to Ireland, give her a bit of time off."
Craig noted the Irish-based Moyglare currently has 38 broodmares, a handful of which are set to be sold.
"We're like everyone, we need to reduce the mares and up the quality,"@ she explained. "Competing with Ballydoyle is not easy, but that's all we can do is keep trying to compete."
She said the Frankel filly will let down at Moyglare for a few weeks before joining trainer Dermot Weld.
Frankel's Northern Hemisphere 2016 yearling average is currently £560,132 for 23 sold and his Southern Hemisphere yearling average is £492,220 with five sold.
He is the second leading sire in Europe and USA by stallion average – ahead of Tapit, Galileo and War Front.