The decision was made two weeks ago for undefeated champion racehorse, and first season sire, Frankel to serve 25 mares to Southern Hemisphere time after his first season at Juddmonte Farms’ Banstead Manor Stud in England.
Frankel left trainer Sir Henry Cecil’s stables for Banstead Manor Stud, where he was born, in early November and where he will stand at a fee of £125,000.
Owner-breeder Prince Khalid Abdullah will be sending as many as 40 of his own broodmares to the Galileo sire said Juddmonte Farms’ Ric Wylie last week in Hong Kong, with some 100 outside mares selected for arguably the finest racehorse of the modern era.
“In essence Frankel will be covering 100 mares in Northern Hemisphere time plus the Prince’s. After that come March, applications will be made for people to mate mares to Southern Hemisphere time,” said Wylie.
“The applications will be via me. It will be restricted to only 25. The price will be £100,000 with no live foal guarantee.
“The breeder must insure the foetus. Assistance will be given to help manage that, and for the right farms to go to, or Juddmonte will accept the mares on their own farm as well.
“The £25,000 discount is basically an acknowledgement that they must insure the foetus themselves and that there will be some travel costs,” he said.
New Zealand based Wylie said that already Waikato based Pencarrow Stud had booked two services which had been accepted by Juddmonte Farms and that he was hopeful that other good mares will be put forward.
The applications are for all Southern Hemisphere mares to be given the opportunity to be bred to Frankel.
“Any good mare from anywhere will be considered.
“No confirmation will be done before March to make sure he is fertile, but all things being equal he looks fantastic at the moment and I am not expecting any hick-ups.
“But if there are only 12 mares that are of a good enough quality, there will only be 12 covered,” he said.
Wylie said that Juddmonte Farms were also looking for owner/breeders, in particular, who would be considering racing the progeny of their mares after they had been served by Frankel.
Juddmonte general manager Philip Mitchell said at the time Frankel’s fee was announced: "The fee for Frankel reflects his merits as being perhaps the greatest racehorse we have ever witnessed. He is by Galileo, who is now recognised as the best sire in the world, and out of Kind, a winner of six races (from five to seven furlongs) and herself a daughter of one of the most influential stallions in the history of thoroughbred breeding, Danehill.”
Wylie was in Hong Kong for the Longines Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin last Sunday but Juddmonte’s four-year-old Beat Hollow colt Sea Moon, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, had to be withdrawn from the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Vase (2400m) due to not recovering in time from the trip from England.
Frankel after winning the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, picture Liesl King