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.
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.
Racebets.com have already got the one-day old filly down at 100-1 to win the Arc herself. That must be worth a flutter, surely?