June 2021



It had already been a fine afternoon for FRANKEL (GB), with a stakes one-two and an ultra-promising newcomer among a Newmarket hat-trick, before the Juddmonte stallion received another career highlight with a first Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.

HURRICANE LANE, who was third behind his paternal half-brother and Charlie Appleby stablemate ADAYAR when Frankel claimed a maiden Derby at Epsom three weeks ago, provided a neat Classic double as he caught the enterprisingly-ridden LONE EAGLE (GALILEO) close home.

He is now a 16th worldwide Group 1 winner for a sire very much on a roll after leading the standings at Royal Ascot with three winners. One of that trio, the Hampton Court Stakes scorer MOHAAFETH, came from the same breeder as Hurricane Lane in Philippa Cooper.

Cooper's Normandie Stud operation, now run as a virtual entity with boarding mares after the sale of her West Sussex nursery, produced the consistent three-year-old out of the SHIROCCO mare GALE FORCE (GB).

Hurricane Lane, who is her second foal, was bought by Godolphin for 200,000gns as a yearling at Book 1. His older sister, FRANKEL'S STORM, won twice for Mark Johnston and was stakes-placed in Germany. Cooper has kept his two-year-old close sibling, the SEA THE STARS colt SWEET WILLIAM (GB), in training with Roger Charlton, while Watership Down Stud has bred a yearling filly by AUSTRALIA (GB) and sent the mare to TOO DARN HOT (GB).

Frankel's day began with a bang on the July Course through Cheveley Park Stud's INSPIRAL (GB), a two-year-old filly out of the 2012 1,000 Guineas runner-up STARSCOPE (GB) who showed plenty of flair on her racecourse debut for the John and Thady Gosden stable.

He also secured a one-two in the Listed Close Brothers Fred Archer Stakes as his reborn six-year-old OUTBOX (GB) and Hollie Doyle upset the 2019 St Leger winner and odds-on favourite LOGICIAN (GB).

Tom Peacock, Racing Post, 26/6/2021

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