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Frankel’s Top 5 Progeny

08 Dec 2021

The best horses that racing superstar Frankel has produced since retiring to stud:

A son of the great Galileo and unbeaten in a remarkable 14-race career that confirmed him as the greatest Flat racehorse of all time, it’s no surprise that Frankel has shown plenty of promise at stud too.

He was crowned Champion sire in Great Britain & Ireland in 2021 – the first time a British-based sire has done so since Mill Reef 34 years ago – and was also the leading sire of three-year-olds in Europe.

2021 saw Frankel sire eight new Group 1 winners, taking his tally at the top-level above 20, and he’s also the fastest ever European sire to 50 Group winners.

Here, we countdown his top five progeny…

5) Mozu Ascot

CV: x2 Group 1s, Group 1 winner on turf and dirt

Mozu Ascot became Frankel’s first Group 1 winner on dirt in 2020, having already scored at the top level as a three-year-old on turf in the Yasuda Kinen.

He may not have been as prolific a winner as some of Frankel’s other progeny, carding seven wins from 25 starts, but winning Group 1s on both turf and dirt in Japan is a big achievement.


4) Logician

CV: x1 Group 1, x1 Group 2, unbeaten 3yo, St Leger winner 

Now about to embark on a stud career of his own, stunning grey Logician is a horse that many fell in love with.

He was a fine, big beast, who had inherited his grey looks from the Daylami line on his dam’s side, and plenty of class from the great Frankel.

He went unbeaten in five starts as a three-year-old, including winning both the Great Voltigeur and St Leger Stakes, but then struggled with injury at four and five.

Had he not been as fragile, he may have been higher up in this list.


3) Hurricane Lane

CV: x3 Group 1s, x1 Group 2, third in Derby, St Leger winner

A strong stayer with a preference for softer conditions, his performances on the track don’t exactly scream ‘Frankel’.

But being out of a dam by Shirocco, the Godolphin-owned chestnut has a wonderful mix of attributes, and now has a CV that displays wins from 1m-1m6f on ground ranging from good to heavy.

Having proved his stamina in winning the St Leger, he could be an exciting horse to follow in the big ‘Cup’ races over two miles in 2022 and beyond.

2) Adayar

CV: x2 Group 1s, Derby winner

Last year’s Derby winner, who also went on to beat the older generation in the King George, could be the best Frankel has ever produced, but we’ll have to wait until the end of 2022 before reconsidering the No.1 spot.

His Derby win came as a slight shock at odds of 16/1, but he proved it was no fluke when following up at 9/4 in the King George, beating a top-class field.

He looks like a true middle-distance top-notcher, who could add more Group 1s to his name in races like the Coronation Stakes, Prince of Wales’s Stakes and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

1) Cracksman

CV: 1m winner as 2yo; champion 3yo colt & four-time Group 1 winner as 3-4yo, inc dual Champion Stakes

Of all the 20+ G1 winners Frankel has produced thus far, Cracksman has been the most consistently brilliant.

He’s a Group 1 winner at 1m2f and 1m4f at three, four, and five, and is the highest-rated of Frankel’s progeny at 130 (still 10lbs behind dad…)

Adayar may sustain a challenge to Cracksman’s crown as the best son of Frankel in the next 12 months or so, but for now, the 2018 Arc winner sits on top.