Click above to watch So You Think winning the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Gr1)…
(Image : Herald Sun - Footage : At The Races UK)
On our Twitter account yesterday, we speculated on two things: would the handicappers at last recognise Frankel’s performance at Royal Ascot for what it was, and how would you be betting on his opening stud fee when he is eventually retired. The previous highest Timeform ratings belonged to Sea-Bird (145, earned in 1965), Brigadier Gerard (144 in 1972) and Tudor Minstrel (144 in 1947,) which means that in the past forty years, no racehorse has been able to emulate the performances of these three giants.
At last, it seems that both Timeform and the British handicappers have arrived at what we’ve suspected for some time now. Frankel is the best racehorse since Phil Bull started his famous ratings system 64 years ago, and Timeform have rewarded him with a provisional rating of 147. Quite often though, these great horses aspire to one really great performance, yet in Frankel’s case he’s performed at 140 plus on no fewer than five occasions. Besides, he’s grown into one of the most spectacularly impressive specimens of a thoroughbred I’ve set eyes on. He’s not only the perfect specimen, big and powerful in the Jonah Lomu mould, but he has the gears of a Ferrari. There are few horses I’ve ever seen that can find the tactical speed he does in the early stages of a race, and who can then accelerate not once, but several times off their gate speed when they go for home. Normal horses, even very good ones, have difficulty doing that.
As to the betting, he’s 8-11 to kick off at a stud fee of £100,000 - £150,000 for his first season, and he’s even money to stand for £150,000 plus. If you’re an investor in any commodity, given that he’s likely to serve of the order of 150 mares, and allowing for live foals, it means he’ll pull in something beyond £20 million (R250 million) in stud fees in his first season. Banking was never quite like this, was it? What do you think? And many thanks for the many replies we received, the world over, to our Twitter tweet. The popular starting price looks around £170,000.
Whilst you’ve got your thinking cap on, did you see So You Think’s performance in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Gr.1) last evening? Like our new stallion barn inmate, Golden Sword, So You Think is a son of High Chaparral, who sired no fewer than six Group One winners in his first year at stud, emulating his own famous father, Sadler’s Wells in that department. Like Golden Sword, So You Think is an elegant, perfectly sculpted specimen who was claiming his tenth Group One victory yesterday, surpassing £5 million (R65 million) in earnings to date. If you haven’t already cottoned on to the High Chaparral legend, you can do so now. All we say is, don’t miss the boat. Our fellow, so the line goes here, is the most exciting news of a sword since King Arthur pulled one out of a rock!