Frankel’s first foal arrives

Frankel at Banstead Manor Stud.
Frankel at Banstead Manor Stud.

Newmarket’s Juddmonte Farms has been celebrating the arrival of the first foal by world champion racehorse Frankel.

Dual Group-winning mare Chrysanthemum produced an attractive bay colt at 8.30pm on Saturday at Coolmore Stud in Ireland.

A spokesman for Juddmonte Farms, which owns Cheveley’s Banstead Manor Stud where Frankel has completed a successful first season as a stallion, said the stud had confirmed the foal was “a handsome colt with a good head, a white blaze and great presence”.

It is the first foal for Chrysanthemum, who was the first mare scanned in foal to Frankel last year.

Philip Mitchell, general manager at Juddmonte Farms, said: “From the reports that I have received, Frankel’s first foal is everything we could have hoped for.

“These are very exciting times for everyone who has supported the horse and we much look forward to the rest of his first crop of foals.”

Frankel, the world’s highest-rated racehorse, left Newmarket’s Warren Place to return to his birthplace of Banstead Manor Stud at the end of 2012 and began his career as a stallion in February last year.

The outstanding and unbeaten racehorse retired to stud as the winner of all 14 of his races.

No less than 10 of those victories came at Group 1 level and in his glittering racing career he became the first horse to twice run to an official rating of 140.

Esteemed independent form assessors Timeform gave him a rating of 147 – the highest figure the organisation has ever awarded.