Frankel in Japan

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Japan-based Soul Stirring becomes the world's first grade 1 winning progeny of Frankel

Frankel in Japan

When the first-born first-raced Frankel progeny Cunco won on his debut,
people expected Frankel will soon have graded stakes winner.

When Queen Kindly and Fair Eva made appearance and won graded stakes in their following starts,
people thought Frankel could record a grade 1 winner within a year.

And as majority of people have anticipated, Frankel, from his freshman year, has sired a grade 1 winner .

However, only few would have ever imagined Japan,
the land of rising sun where Galileo and his progenies have disappointed racing fans for long,
to become the first region to train Frankel-sired grade 1 winner.

On December 12th at Hanshin Racecourse, a historic moment for Frankel has finally arrived
as Soul Stirring, a daughter of six-time grade 1 winner Stacelita, wins Hanshin Juvenile Fillies.

(video: 2016 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies )

Unbeaten in two starts, Soul Stirring was backed up as a 14-5 favorite in the field of 18,
despite several concerns surrounding her.
While the race is contested with 18 runners,
she had no experience of racing in the field larger than 10 before.
Moreover, it was her first time racing under nine furlongs,
and these lack of experience were thought to be crucial by several racing fans.

But, unlike Queen Kindly and Fair Eva, Soul Stirring blew all these doubts away
and successfully got her fame as the world's first grade 1 winning progeny of Frankel.

Guided by her regular rider Christophe Lemaire, Soul Stirring broke nicely from stall 2,
took the position near the rail, and tracked the pace from 5th position.
Turning for home, she scooped inside of the long-time leader
and easily took command with a furlong to go.

After taking the lead the race was all for hers.
She kept strong gallop to the finish and prevailed from Reine Minoru on her outside.
Then she fended off Lys Gracieux, who came flying from the rear
and moved up to second with less than 100 meters to go .

The final time of the race was 1:34.0
with Soul Stirring marking the final three furlongs sectional time of 34.8 seconds.



Frankel sires first graded stakes winner in Japan

Frankel in Japan

After witnessing numerous dissapointing performances from Galileo foals in Japan,
who could have guessed Frankel, the son of Galileo, to show his presence as a sire in Japan so early.

Believe it or not, from his first year in the stud, Frankel has done what his father could not achieve:
siring a graded stakes winner in Japan.

On November 5th, Mi Suerte, a Frankel filly who made a stunning debut on September 24th,
has shown another fascinating performance in Fantasy Stakes,
the filly's grade 3 race run at Kyoto racetrack.

Mi Suerte, strongly backed 2-5 favorite ridden by Yuga Kawada,
did not have an ideal trip in the race.
She unexpectedly missed the start and lost couple of lengths,
forced to race from last in the field of 12.

However, the trouble did not stop brilliant Frankel filly from winning.

Although she managed to catch up with the pack and passed several horses by the top of the stretch,
it seemed like she had too much work to do.
But, without getting any whip strikes from her jockey, Mi Suerte flew down the center of the track,
swallowing all the horses that was in front of her, and zipped 33.6 seconds for final three furlongs.

The final time of the race was 1:21.8.

With the win in Fantasy Stakes, Mi Suerte now has 2 wins out of 2 starts.

Her next start will be grade 1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies run on December 11th.


Frankel filly Soul Stirring wins stakes race in Japan

Frankel in Japan

Soul Stirring, the Frankel filly who became the first japanese winner for her sire on July 31st,
has scored another win in the Ivy Stakes, a 9 furlong stakes race for 2 year-olds
held at Tokyo racetrack, on October 22nd.

Supported as the 5-2 second favorite among 9 horse field,
Soul Stirring, guided by Christophe Lemaire, settled patiently in 4th for most part of the race.

When Lemaire finally shook reins just after passing the final 2 furlong marker,
Soul Stirring responded sharply.
She took over the lead from Etre Digne with a furlong to go,
and denied the challenge from hard chasing Persian Knight, the 12-5 favorite,
winning the race by 1 and 3/4 lengths in the time of 1:48.9.

Soul Stirring recorded final three furlong split of 33.9 seconds,
which tied with that of the runner up Persian Knight, and was the fastest among the field of 9.

According to several reports, Soul Stirring is likely to head for Hanshin Juvenile Fillies,
the grade 1 mile race for 2 year old fillies run on December 12th at Hanshin racetrack,
though her connections state her future plan is still uncertain and undecided.


Mi Suerte, another Frankel winner in Japan

Frankel in Japan

Progeny of Galileo trained in Japan becomes a very poor performer.
This has been a long held assumption, as non of Galieo's crops have ever won a graded stakes race in Japan.

However, after Soul Stirring became Frankel's long awaited first winner in Japan,
making her connections and racing fans dream of next year's classic,
it didn't take long for another Frankel filly to come into the classic picture.

(video: Mi Suerte winning comfortably on her debut)

The Frankel filly called Mi Suerte, out of Pulpit mare Madcap Escapade,
proved her brilliant tallent on September 24th at Hanshin race course,
breaking a maiden on her debut without breaking a sweat.

Sent off as 3-10 short priced favorite in the mile race on turf rated as good,
Mi Suerte, ridden by Yuga Kawada well known for his ride on Harp Star in 2014 Arc,
settled in middle of the pack in the early stages, and was sent for clear run at home stretch.

Once she found a daylight, there was nothing to stop her.
Without being seriously asked for speed by the jockey,
Mi Suerte easily cruised two lengths clear from her hard ridden rivals,
completing final three furlongs in 33.7 seconds and a mile in 1:37.2.

According to comment from Yasutoshi Ikee, a trainer of Mi Suete who trained Orfevre few years ago,
Mi Suerte plans to have two more runs by the end of the year,
with grade 1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies run on December 11th as a major target.

Her next start will be Fantasy Stakes, the grade 3 fillies' race run on November 5th.


Soul Stirring provides Frankel his first winner in Japan

Frankel in Japan

Frankel, the highest-rated horse in recalibrated IFHA's standings with 140 pounds,
has finally sired a winner in Japan.

In contrast to England and France, where Frankel already has sired winners,
Japan did not have any winner of Frankel.

Rise Eagle, the first ever Frankel starter in Japan, out of Rose of Summer,
made a debut on July 2nd as a short-priced favorite.
But despite of high expectation from his connections and fans,
Rise Eagle could only manage to finish 5th, well beaten six lengths behind the winner.

Given Galieo crops' poor performance record in Japan, it was said after the race that
Frankel will continue to sire winners all over the world, except for Japan.
Some people on the internet even joked; Japan could be the first country to hold
a contest to determine the worst high-priced first year crop of Frankel.

(video: Rise Eagle finishing 5th on debut)

However, these recognitions were soon blown away as Soul Stirring, a daughter of Frankel
out of mutiple grade 1 winning mare Stacelita, wins on her debut at Sapporo racetrack on July 31st.

Sent off as a 7-10 odds on favorite and ridden by Christophe Lemaire,
Soul Stirring faced seven rivals in 9 furlongs race on turf.
Racing in middle of the pack, Soul Starring gradually starts to make move at far turn.
Then she kept on closing the gap between the leader,
and managed to strike the front just at the line to win by a neck in a time of 1:51.4.

(video: Soul Stirring winning on her debut)

The winning performance of Soul Stirring may not seem visually impressive,
but the fact that she recorded even sectional time for the last 3 furlongs at least proved her talent,
and does give her fans and connections some bright future prospects .

(cited tweet above: Soul Stirring's sectional times for last 5 furlongs estimated from race video
12.3 - 11.9 - 11.4 - 11.4 - 11.4)

With Soul Starring's victory, Frankel adds the first winner outside of Europe,
and now has a winner in three different nations.