"Roger is being pleased by her more and more each day. Roger describes Palafou has doing well physically and has improved in her coat. He describes her as more motivated."
This daughter of FRANKEL was purchased from the 2019 October Tattersalls Book 1 Sale and is our second Frankel filly to be syndicated with Nick Bradley Racing after success with Frankel's Storm as a 2yo.
She is the second foal out of the mare PALIMONY who is a half-sister to no less than five 100 rated performers who all raced over trips around 10 to 12 furlongs. PALIMONY was placed twice from her only two starts.
Our filly came recommended from her consignor New England Stud. She is a good model and is an attractive filly. She is an April foal and is still upbehind so she will grow and we expect her to be around average size, possibly slightly above average by the time she finishes growing.
She has good drive from her hind quarters and is an athletic filly. On looks, she has the physique of a 8 to 12 furlong horse in our opinion and we expect her to have a similar campaign to that of FRANKEL’S STORM in terms of trip.
She has a couple of faults, she is an occasional box walker, the consignor told Nick that she hadn't done it all at the sales and only did it in the front half of her box during prep for the sales. All consignors have to announce such behaviour to potential buyers and it can put a lot of buyers off, particularly at Book 1 where the best of the best are being sold.
Her second fault is that she wouldn't have the best walk. In 2018, I said the very same thing about FRANKEL’S STORM so that wouldn't be of concern to Nick. Furthermore, having seen her lunge, her walk is of less significance as you can see from her video she is a very good mover, trotting and cantering.
Without these faults she would have made between 300,000 and 500,000 Guineas in Nick's opinion.
In 2018, There were 26 colts and fillies catalogued in Tattersalls Book 1 by FRANKEL. They sold for an average price of 336.000 Guineas. Nick selected FRANKEL’S STORM for 130,000 Guineas. On today's date (11th October 2019), FRANKEL’S STORM is the second highest rated of the 26 with JUAN ELCANO, rated 108 the highest rated progeny of FRANKEL to come from the sale.
She has a Grade 1 scope.
SIRE - FRANKEL
Frankel is a stallion who takes no introducing at all. He was quite simply the greatest racehorse we have ever seen. He won all of his 14 starts between the age of 2 and 4 at trips from 7 to 10 furlongs. It’s probably fair to say that on no occasion did he ever look like getting beat either.
Since retiring in 2012, Frankel has had to prove himself as a stallion rather than a racehorse. His first crop of foals received a mixed reception in the sales ring as people looked to knock Frankel from the very top perch.
Frankel ‘s first crop soon silenced the doubters with their achievements on the racetrack and the sales ring soon reacted. 2016 saw Frankel’s fillies excel on the track with the likes of Toulifaut, Mi Suerte, Fair Eva and Queen Kindly all winning Group races as 2yos.
2017 saw Frankel’s colts show their ability as 3yos with the likes of Cracksman Group 1 winner and Elarqam Group 2 winning on the biggest of stages.
By the end of 2019 Frankel had sired 80 Stakes performers, of which 38 had won Group races and 10 won Listed races from just 4 racing crops. Frankel’s progeny statistics suggest they are better suited to faster ground and excel at all trips from 5 furlongs upwards.
Our own NBR daughter of Frankel, Frankel’s Storm picked up a £25,000 Tattersalls BOOK 1 BONUS and a £10,000 PLUS 10 BONUS when winning at Carlisle and this filly also qualifies for both Bonuses as well which means she will be picking up around £40,000 for winning a Class 4 Novice. She went on to finish 2nd in a Listed race in Dusseldorf and see her value soar from the 130,000 Guineas Nick paid for her as a yearling.
2019 saw Frankel’s stock in huge demand in the sales ring. His yearlings averaged just over £400,000, over three times his covering fee. His fee has now risen to £175,000 in 2020 so expect Frankel’s progeny to be even harder to buy in years to come.
FRANKEL FILLIES - RESIDUAL VALUE
Frankel’s daughters are in high demand after their racing careers are finished and this filly is going to carry a huge residual value.
Examples from the 2019 Breeding Sales at Arqana, Deauville, France include the unraced Fashion Family, who sold for 460,000 Euros in foal to Siyouni. Semera had ran just once and was then retired, she made 150,000 Euros as a filly to cover in 2020. Topping the entire sale itself was the Listed winning mare, Frankel Light who made 1,300,000 Euros in foal to Dark Angel.
Timesaver fetched 750,000 Guineas at Tattersalls as an unraced filly who could be covered in the 2020 breeding season. Another unraced daughter of Frankel, Truly Honored made 170,000 in foal to Havana Gold.
These figures outline the huge returns on offer for Frankel fillies whether or not they are successful on the track. Just this month, January 2020, the first yearling out of a Frankel mare was offered for sale in Australia. The son of Exceed and Excel out of the Frankel mare ‘Dream in Colour’ made 1.1 million Australian dollars (£578,000).
DAM - PALIMONY
Palimony is an unraced daughter of Oasis Dream. She was owned by Bjorn Nielsen when in training and was trained by David Lanigan. She sold for 100,000 Guineas to Rabbah Bloodstock in December 2015. She was covered the following year by the Rabbah owned Night of Thunder and that progeny was to sell for 13,000 Guineas to the Italian agent Marco Bozzi as a yearling. She was covered in 2019 by Churchill, another son of Galileo.
Palimony is the 12th foal out of the broodmare Palmeraie. She is therefore a sister to no less than 10 horses out of the mare Palmeraie who have ran to 90 or above. Quite simply, Palmeraie as a broodmare is as good as it gets.
Palmeraie’s best foal was the four time Group 2 winner Policy Maker who is currently standing as a stallion in Ireland and covering NH Mares. Palmeraie also produced the Group 2 winner Pushkin who also stood as a NH stallion in Ireland. Place Rouge was the best daughter of Palmeraie, she was successful at Group 3 level but unfortunately died before she could prove herself as a highclass producer herself.
Urban Sea is undoubtedly the greatest broodmare racing has ever seen, Palmeraie isn’t up to that level, no other mare is, but her success certainly puts her in the Breeding Hall of Fame.
BROODMARE STALLION - OASIS DREAM
Oasis Dream was a Group 1, Middle Park winning 2yo trained by John Gosden. He went on to win the July Cup and Nunthorpe as a 3yo before he was retired to stud. He has been a phenomenal stallion for Juddmonte and reached a career high when standing for £85,000 between 2011 and 2014.
Oasis Dream as a broodmare stallion will continue his success long after he retires from Stud duties. 2019 was a great year on the track for Oasis Dream mares with the likes of Siskin (Phoenix Stakes, Group 1), Daahyeh (Rockfel Stakes, Group 2), Twilight Payment (Curragh Cup, Group 2) and Sir Dragonet who won at Group 3 level and was beaten less than one length in the Derby. Our filly has inherited some of her dam’s sires looks as she is well furnished and has the make and shape of a sprinter.
TRAINER - ROGER CHARLTON
Roger Charlton is a multiple Group 1 winning trainer. He has trained the likes of Bated Breath, Time Test, Al Kazeem, Thistle Bird and Cityscape all to win at the highest level.
Roger is no stranger to success with the progeny of Frankel having trained many of his progeny to Group success since 2016.
Fair Eva is a filly from the first crop of Frankel who Roger trained to win the Group 3 Princess Margaret and place in the Lowther and Rockfel Stakes. Atty Persse and Herculean both won big races at Ascot for Roger and Frankel but the most exciting progeny of Frankel to be trained at Beckhampton has to be Quadrilateral. The unbeaten Frankel filly out of Nimble Thimble won 3 times as a 2yo for Roger and his team, culminating in the Group 1 Fillies Mile at Newmarket in October.
Roger is a very hospitable host as a trainer and the Owners days we host at Beckhampton are very special experiences for the owners involved.
NICK BRADLEY PREDICTIONS:
Debut distance - 6 or 7 furlongs
Debut month - July 2020
Optimum distance - 7 to 8 furlongs
Early closing race entries - None - focus will be to win the £35,000 in bonuses and then target Stakes races.