Frankel’s three-quarter brother and part-time pacemaker Bullet Train will shuttle to NSW based Bowness Stud this year.
Bullet Train (6h Sadler´s Wells – Kind by Danehill) is serving his first northern season at Wintergreen Stallion Station in Kentucky. He won a Yarmouth maiden in October 2009 and graduated to a G3 in the Lingfield Derby Trial in May 2010.
He and Frankel both raced as homebreds for Juddmonte Farms owner Khalid Abdullah.
Bullet Train served as a bunny in all of Frankel’s five starts last year and was last seen going down 14 lengths in the G1 Champion Stakes on October 20. His jockey Ian Mongan delivered a memorable quote while Bullet Train’s stablemate basked in the adulation of the Newmarket crowd. “I must be the only jockey to ever have punched the air when I crossed the line in sixth.”
Bullet Train and Frankel are from stakes-winning Danehill mare Kind. Bullet Train is a son of Sadler’s Wells and so is Frankel sire Galileo.
“We’re really excited to be standing a horse of his quality as he is by one of the best sires of sires in the world in Sadler’s Wells,” North said. “And, of course, he’s a three-quarter brother to Frankel.”
Young based Bowness Stud is ideally located halfway between the Hunter Valley and Nagambie in Victoria. “We can draw on mares from both of those two large breeding pools,” North said. “Bullet Train is a lovely big horse and can fill a niche in the marketplace. He’s an affordably priced, superbly bred son of Sadler’s Wells whose sire sons have worked all over the world.”
Bullet Train will stand alongside Bon Hoffa (Belong To Me) at a fee of $10,000 (plus gst).