The first three days of Royal Ascot have seen 13 stakes races run with Frankel the only sire to have two stakes winners. First season sires have come to the fore with Ardad and Profitable each siring their first stakes winners. The Group 1 races have been won by the progeny of Dawn Approach, Galileo, Kingman, Mayson and Teofilo.
Perfect Power - Norfolk Stakes (Gr 2, 5f)
Thursday’s opening race was the Norfolk Stakes (Gr 2, 5f) which went the way of 14-1 shot Perfect Power (2 c ex Sagely by Frozen Power) who provided his first season sire Ardad (Kodiac) with his first stakes winner.
Ardad has sired 12 winners so far in his first crop that also includes Vintage Clarets who finished third in the Coventry Stakes (Gr 2, 6f) on Tuesday. Ardad heads the leading first season sires table in Europe by winners.
Berkshire Shadow - Coventry Stakes (Gr 2, 6f)
In winning the Coventry Stakes (Gr 2, 6f) on the opening day of this year’s Royal meeting, Berkshire Shadow (2 c ex Angel Vision by Oasis Dream) became the 71st stakes winner for Yeomanstown Stud-based sire Dark Angel (Acclamation). The following day Indie Angel (4 f ex Indigo Lady by Sir Percy) landed the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes (Gr 2, 1m). A Listed winner previously, she provided her sire with his 39th Group winner.
Bred by Cheveley Park Stud, Berkshire Shadow is now unbeaten in two career starts for trainer Andrew Balding while the John and Thadie Gosden-trained Indie Angel is raced by Cheveley Park Stud.
Dark Angel heads the leading sires table in Europe by winners with 76 so far this season.
Poetic Flare - St James’s Palace Stakes (Gr 1, 1m)
The Jim Bolger-trained Poetic Flare (3 c ex Maria Lee by Rock Of Gibraltar) impressed in Tuesday’s St James’s Palace Stakes (Gr 1, 1m) when recording a four and a quarter length victory over the Yulong-bound stallion Lucky Vega (Lope De Vega).
Bred by his trainer and raced by his wife, Poetic Flare has now won five of his eight career starts and Tuesday’s victory was the colt’s second at Group 1 level after winning the 2,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) last month. Poetic Flare then ran sixth in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains (Gr 1, 1600m) at Longchamp two weeks later before backing up the following week in the Irish 2,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) when he finished second, beaten a short-head.
Poetic Flare is one of 15 stakes winners and the only Group 1 winner to date for his sire Dawn Approach (New Approach) who was also bred by Bolger, as was his grandsire New Approach (Galileo). Dawn Approach shuttled to Australia for five seasons between 2014 and 2018.
Kemari - Queen’s Vase (Gr 2, 1m6f)
The Godolphin-raced Kemari (3 g ex Koora by Pivotal) took a step up in class in the Queen’s Vase (Gr 2, 1m6f) and provided Darley’s Dubawi (Dubai Millennium) with his 208th stakes winner and 133rd Group winner. Bred by the Cumani’s Fittocks Stud in Newmarket, Kemari has now won two of his three career starts having finished second on debut at Newmarket last month.
Dubawi’s stakes winners are headed by 44 Group 1 winners and he is firing at a rate of 15.2 per cent stakes winners to runners.
Juan Elcano - Wolferton Stakes (Listed, 1m2f)
Mohaafeth - Hampton Court Stakes (Gr 3, 1m2f)
Juan Elcano (4 g ex Whatami by Daylami) recorded his first victory since he broke his maiden in June 2019 when taking out Tuesday’s Wolferton Stakes (Listed, 1m2f). The Kevin Ryan-trained gelding scored a half length victory over joint favourite Patrick Sarsfield (Australia) and in doing so provided Juddmonte Farm’s Frankel (Galileo) with his 71st stakes winner.
On Thursday, Frankel notched up his 48th Group winner when the William Haggas-trained Mohaafeth (3 c ex French Dressing by Sea The Stars) kept his unbeaten three-year-old career in tack when he won the Hampton Court Stakes (Gr 3, 1m2f). The colt had run twice at two last year and returned in March to break his maiden over a mile at Lingfield, and came into Thursday’s race having won the Newmarket Stakes (Listed, 1m2f) at his last start on May 1. Mohaafeth, started the 11/8 favourite on Thursday and did not disappoint, beating Roman Empire (Galileo) by a length and three quarters.
Frankel will once again be offered to southern hemisphere time this year for a fee of £70,000 at Juddmonte’s Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket. He has sired 15 Group 1 winners to date; three of those coming in Australia in Converge, Hungry Heart and Mirage Dancer while his stats make for impressive reading. He is firing at a rate of 15.2 per cent stakes winners to runners worldwide and in Australia he has sired 25 winners from 36 runners and 19.4 per cent stakes winners to runners.
He currently heads the leading sires table in Europe by prize money.
Love - Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (Gr 1, 1m2f)
Love (4 f ex Pikaboo by Pivotal) returned after a 300 day break to win Wednesday’s Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (Gr 1, 1m2f). Bred by Coolmore and trained by Aidan O’Brien for Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs John Magnier, Love showed tenacity to record her fourth Group 1 victory following her Moyglare Stud Stakes (Gr 1, 7f) win as a juvenile and 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m), Oaks (Gr 1, 1m4f) and Yorkshire Oaks (Gr 1, 1m4f) victories last season as a three-year-old.
Love is one of 337 stakes winners and 90 Group 1 winners for the peerless Galileo (Sadler’s Wells).
Loving Dream - Ribblesdale Stakes (Gr 2, 1m4f)
Lordship Stud homebred Loving Dream (3 f ex Kissable by Danehill Dancer) handled the step up in class in Thursday’s Ribblesdale Stakes (Gr 2, 1m4f) to become the 13th stakes winner for her sire Gleneagles (Galileo).
Beaten last start in the Oaks Trial Fillies’ Stakes (Listed, 1m3.5f), the John and Thady Gosden-trained Loving Dream beat Eshaada (Muhaarar) by three quarters of a length.
Chipotle - Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed, 5f)
Tweenhills Stud-based Havana Gold (Teofilo) recorded his eighth stakes winner when Chipotle (2 c ex Lightsome by Makfi) returned to winning ways in Wednesday’s Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed, 5f).
The Eve Johnson Houghton-trained colt suffered his first career defeat at his previous start in the National Stakes (Listed, 5f) at Sandown on May 27 but put that behind him to record his third career victory when he beat Dig Two (Cotai Glory) by two and a quarter lengths. The Seymour Bloodstock bred and raced colt Boonie (Brazen Beau) finished another head further away in third.
Havana Gold’s stakes winners include one Group 1 winner in Flying Five Stakes (Gr 1, 5f) victor Havana Grey.
Palace Pier - Queen Anne Stakes (Gr 1, 1m)
Palace Pier (4 c ex Beach Frolic by Nayef) recorded his fourth Group 1 victory in Tuesday’s Queen Anne Stakes (Gr 1, 1m). The John and Thady Gosden-trained colt justified his favouritism and beat Lope Y Fernandez (Lope De Vega) by one and a half lengths.
Frankel’s barnmate at Banstead Manor Stud, Kingman has sired three other Group 1 winners in Persian King, Domestic Spending and Schnell Meiseter while his overall stakes winners tally stands at 37, 19 of those winning at Group level.
Oxted - King’s Stand Stakes (Gr 1, 5f)
Oxted (5 g ex Charlotte Rosina by Choisir) added a second Group 1 victory to his record in Tuesday’s King’s Stand Stakes (Gr 1, 5f) after he emulated his sire in winning the July Cup (Gr 1, 6f).
Trained by Roger Teal, Oxted has now won five of his 14 career starts and on Tuesday won going away, beating Arecibo (Invincible Spirit) by a length and three quarters.
Oxted is one of nine stakes winners and the only Group 1 winner for his Cheveley Park Stud-based sire Mayson (Invincible Spirit).
Quick Suzy - Queen Mark Stakes (Gr 2, 5f)
Quick Suzy’s (2 f ex Snooze by Marju) Queen Mary Stakes (Gr 2, 5f) victory handed her first season sire Profitable (Invincible Spirit) his first stakes winner.
Trained by Gavin Cromwell and raced by Eclipse Thoroughbreds, Quick Suzy ran on well in the closing stages to record a one and a quarter length victory over the Wesley Ward-trained favourite Twilight Gleaming (National Defense), who is raced by Stonestreet Stables.
Profitable, who won the 2016 King’s Stand Stakes (Gr 1, 5f), stands at Darley’s Kildangan Stud in Ireland where his 2021 fee was set at €10,000. His first crop includes eight winners and he currently heads the leading first season sires table in Europe by earnings.
Subjectivist - Gold Cup (Gr 1, 2m4f)
The Mark Johnston-trained Subjectivist (4 c Reckoning by Danehill Dancer) caused an upset in Thursday’s Gold Cup (Gr 1, 2m4f), recording his second victory at Group 1 level following his win in last year’s Prix Royal-Oak (Gr 1, 3100m) at Longchamp.
The son of Teofilo (Galileo) pulled away to record a five length victory over Princess Zoe (Jukebox Jury) with another half length back to Spanish Mission (Noble Mission) in third. Stradivarius, who was shooting for his fourth consecutive victory in the race, was a well-beaten fourth.
Subjectivist is one of 98 stakes winners and 21 Group 1 winners for former Darley shuttler Teofilo. He has sired 18 individual stakes winners in Australia including Happy Clapper, Humidor, Palentino, Kermadec, Sonntag and Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) winning duo Twilight Payment and Cross Counter.