Frankel fee unchanged at Banstead Manor Stud

Frankel will stand the 2014 breeding season at Banstead Manor Stud for an unchanged fee of 125,000 pounds (AUD 213,415).

“We were delighted with Frankel’s first season at stud,” general manager Philip Mitchell said.  “His fee continues to reflect his status as a world champion.”

Frankel (Galileo) retired unbeaten in 14 starts for Juddmonte Farm’s Khalid Abdullah.  He covered 133 mares in Newmarket earlier this year and 126 have been confirmed in foal.

His initial book included Eclipse Award winners Zagora and Stacelita, Japanese Horse of the Year Vodka, Breeders’ Cup winner Midday, 2011 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Oatsee and Group 1 winners Dar Re Mi and Balance.  The latter is a half-sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta.

Four mares in foal to Frankel were sold at recent Kentucky sales conducted by Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland averaging $1.43 million.  Group 1 Spinster Stakes winner In Lingerie (Empire Maker) topped the quartet making $2.40 million to the bid of Shadai Farm.

Following his first northern season, Frankel was made available to a limited number of mares to southern hemisphere time and they included Australian pin-up More Joyous.

Three mares in foal to Frankel are catalogued at the Goffs November Sale in Ireland next week including Song, a Sadler’s Wells sister to Irish classic winner Yesterday.

Ten mares in foal to Frankel are catalogued at the Tattersalls December Sale.  The group includes Cape Blanco’s half-sister Laurelei (Oratorio).

When announcing its fees for 2014, Juddmonte revealed Gone West sire Zamindar had been pensioned due to declining fertility.  Now rising 20, he reached a career-high with 2008 Arc de Triomphe winner Zarkava.