The stars are aligning for a rendezvous between Frankel and Black Caviar later this year.
There’s been a groundswell of support in the Black Caviar camp for another Royal Ascot campaign and that’s coincided with news Frankel will cover a limited number of mares to southern time at Banstead Manor Stud starting in September.
Frankel (Galileo) is currently serving a limited northern book of 130 mares at his Newmarket base for 125,000 pounds. “We are very pleased with the start Frankel has made at stud, and with the great interest being shown from within the southern hemisphere this decision is a natural progression,” Juddmonte general manager Philip Mitchell said. “However, it is our full intention to limit the number of mares to be covered, which can only be of benefit to those breeders who wish to support the horse.”
Black Caviar (Bel Esprit) has extended her record to 24 wins in a row with Group 1 victories in the VRC Lightning Stakes and MVRC William Reid Stakes.
She had been sidelined for 8 months following a heart-stopping victory in the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. Connections haven’t dismissed another trip to England following her next start in the G1 T J Smith Stakes at Randwick on April 13.
Frankel’s fee to southern hemisphere time will be 110,000 pounds (AUD 159,242).