A racing tip for the future

29 January 2014

10:04 AM

29 January 2014

10:04 AM

Here’s a tip for the gamblers among you, albeit one that you’ll have to sit on for a while. Danedream, winner of the 2011 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, has given birth to a filly foal sired by Frankel, the legendary hero of flat racing. With lineage like that, the filly already has a fair bit of weight upon her shoulders. Tweet: With lineage like that, the filly already has a fair bit of weight upon her shoulders.

Last week, her half sibling (the first filly foal of Frankel’s) made the front pages as she gambolled in her field days after her birth. But although the mare, Song, is well bred, she has never raced and therefore doesn’t have the same prestige as Danedream. The only other Frankel foal to have been born so far has been a colt, born on 11th January to Chrysanthemum, both of whom have been kept hidden away in Ireland.


At a cost of £125,000 a time, and having mated with 133 mares last summer, Frankel has certainly been earning his keep. When Dancing Rain – another mare in foal to the undefeated stallion – was sold at Tattersalls in December, she went for a cool 4 million guineas (£4.2 million), even before the foal was born. have already got the one-day old filly down at 100-1 to win the Arc herself. That must be worth a flutter, surely?

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  • David Kay

    i wonder of the foals will end up in tescos burgers in a couple of years time

    • Doggie Roussel

      My experience, David, from my professional involvement in the racing industry is that they normally ended up being fed to the hounds in the local hunt kennels or else turned into soap or glue.

      Our friends, the camel drivers, used to sell some of their best loved and most successful horses to wretched outposts like Japan, once their much-loved horses had proved failures at stud etc.

  • Doggie Roussel

    Some of the greatest racehorses have been flops in the breeding shed… it’s all a lottery…

    The same with humans… some of the greatest men have sired only wastrels … for example, Winston Churchill.

    Time will tell whether Frankel imparts the racing spark, which he undoubtedly possessed, onto his offspring… the proof of the pudding will be in about three years time, when the first of his progeny appear on the racecourse.

    Our Middle-Eastern friends lashed out over US$ 13 million on a yearling, subsequently named Snaafi Dancer at the Keeneland Sales in the 70s. The horse was useless on the racecourse and subsequently proved to also be infertile… but what’s US$ 13 million down the tubes to our profligate benefactors from the sands of Dubai?