Frankel’s career as a stallion got off to a flying start at Newbury today when Cunco his first born son made his racecourse debut a winning one.
The mighty Frankel was retired to Cheveley’s Banstead Manor stud in 2012 as one of the all-time greats, having won all of his 14 career starts for the late Sir Henry Cecil, including 10 at Group One level.
Trained in Newmarket by John Gosden, Cunco, is out of the talented mare Chrysanthemum, and became the first of his offspring to grace the racecourse in the second division of the Welcome To The Starlight Raceday Maiden Stakes.
Previous winners of the six-furlong contest include the multiple Group One winner, Canford Cliffs, who chased home Frankel in the 2011 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.
Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Juddmonte Farms boss Khalid Abdullah, in whose colours Frankel raced, was thrilled with the successful start.
“It couldn’t be better - Prince Khalid’s absolutely delighted. It’s really exciting. To have his first foal be his first runner and his first winner is pretty remarkable,” he said.
“There’s been a mixture of excitement, tension, apprehension - the whole gamut of emotions. We’ve been excited about him, but there’s been a lot of very good racehorses who weren’t good stallions.”
Cunco has been quoted at 6-1 by Paddy Power to win the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot next month.