Three Bridges Thoroughbreds owner Peter Liston reckons he’s privileged to sell Frankel’s first Super VOBIS yearling at the Inglis Easter Sale.
Catalogued as Lot 237, the Frankel – Chocolicious filly will go under the hammer next Wednesday morning, April 6. Three Bridges offers her as agent for Darren Dance’s Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock.
“There are five Frankels entered for the Easter Sale but our filly is the only one from a Group 1 winner,” Liston said. “Her sire and dam were both Group 1 winners at two and she’s a precocious type, too.
“She’s short-coupled, moves well and has a nice attitude. Anyone inspecting her won’t be disappointed and it’s gratifying to know she is showcasing Victoria and Super VOBIS.
“Obviously, I haven’t seen anything else by Frankel but he’s on the right track if they’re all like her.”
The Three Bridges studmaster did have the pleasure of seeing Frankel at Royal Ascot. “It was the day he won the Queen Anne by 11 lengths,” Liston remembered. “I watched the race with Peter Orton and Mick Malone and he was awesome.”
The filly’s South African bred dam Chocolicious (Kahal) was acquired by Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock and partners in 2012. “We raced her on that year in South Africa and then went ahead with a transfer to Marco Botti at Newmarket,” Dance recalled. “The long quarantine period and other delays with her departure meant she arrived too late for Royal Ascot in 2013.
“We were then approached by Juddmonte Farm to see if we were interested in breeding her to Frankel. He covered 21 mares to southern hemisphere time and we were lucky enough to get an early service and have her test positive first-up.”
Dance reiterates Peter Liston’s comments about seeing the filly in the flesh. “She’s very correct in front, really good leg underneath with a great head and body.”
Three Bridges is also selling a So You Think – Dreamalittledream colt (Lot 273) as agent for Burnewang North Pastoral owner Cathy Hains. He is from an Irish-bred Danehill Dancer mare who won at Down Royal for Coolmore Stud partner Derrick Smith.