By Simon Jackson.
The first foal of Frankel to be offered at public auction heads the inaugural Goffs London Sale, held in association with QIPCO, at The Orangery at Kensington Palace on Monday.
The colt will be sold along with his dam Crystal Gaze, who is back in foal to Frankel, the champion racehorse who retired unbeaten after a sublime career that included an astonishing victory in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas in 2011.
Crystal Gaze is the dam Caspian Prince, winner of the Investec Specialist Bank Dash at Epsom on Derby Day. The mare and foal will be the last lot to be offered at the sale that is comprised of younger horses and horses in training.
David Redvers, owner and manager of Tweenhills Stud who bred the colt said: “He is a very handsome colt with huge presence and great action.
“He has what I would call a typical Frankel temperament in that he knows he is special and really owns the show.
“At this stage he looks like a speedy type, which is no surprise given his mother has bred some excellent sprint winners.”
Henry Beeby, chief executive of Goffs said, “Monday June 16 will be a day of firsts. Goffs will hold the first thoroughbred racehorse sale in central London, which will climax with the first foal by the greatest racehorse ever, Frankel, to be sold at public auction anywhere in the world. The sale location is stunning and so is the foal.”
Carter Carnegie, international executive of Great British Racing International added: “The first sale taking place at a Royal Palace in central London, is a unique and exciting concept and it seems very fitting that it offers the first chance to buy a son of the world’s greatest racehorse.”
“Frankel was the horse of a lifetime, and the chance to buy this mare who is back in foal to such a great champion and with one of his first crop of foals at foot is something that will draw buyers from all over the world.”
Philip Mitchell, general manager, of Juddmonte agreed: “This is really exciting news and typical of the innovation being shown by the team behind the Goffs London Sale, in association with QIPCO.
“The first foal by Frankel, the world’s greatest racehorse, to be sold at public auction together with his dam who is back in foal to Frankel, is a unique opportunity and is most definitely the complete Frankel package.”
Frankel won all of his 14 starts and amassed prize money of almost £3million. He was retired to stud in 2012 and commands a service fee of £125,000.
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