Frankel foal fetches £1.5m at London auction

MV Magnier paid £1,462,800 for Crystal Gaze's Frankel foal, for Coolmore Stud.
MV Magnier paid £1,462,800 for Crystal Gaze’s Frankel foal, for Coolmore Stud.

The first foal by superstar galloper Frankel to be offered at auction has fetched £1.15 million at a sale in London.

The Qatari owned three-month-old colt was sold along with his dam, 13-year-old Crystal Gaze, who is in foal to Frankel again. The pair were with two other horses – both stallions – to be paraded at the sale at Kensington Palace, with most of the horses being shown by video link at Kempton Park.

The pair were bought on behalf of Coolmore Stud by MV (Michael Vincent) Magnier, from Tipperary in Ireland. Coolmore owns Galileo, Frankel’s sire.

The bidding opened at £1 million and lasted only about five minutes.

Crystal Gaze (Rainbow Quest x Jumilla) is the dam of Derby day winner Caspian Prince and Group One sprinter Spirit Quartz.

The foal was born at the Tweenhills stud of David Redvers, who told The Guardian newspaper that the colt “couldn’t have shown any better. The extraordinary thing is up until four days ago he had never been out of his field. We bring him up to central London to this, well, cocktail party, and he’s right at home. He has got the most amazing temperament.”

The Goffs London Sale in association with Qipco, on Monday at The Orangery at Kensington Palace, was fully subscribed, Goffs said.

Frankel was unbeaten in 14 starts and retired in October 2012 with earnings of nearly £3 million. Last season he had a book of 133 mares, with a stud fee of £125,000.

• Top price at the sale was £1.3 million for the two-year-old colt Cappella Sansevero (Showcasing x Madam President), who was sold by Glenburnie Stables to Qatar’s Sheikh Fahed Al Thani.

After the Frankel colt, the next highest priced lot was a two-year-old Distorted Humor x Secretariat’s Soul filly, who fetched £600,000 for Mocklershill Farm. She was bought by Stephen Hillen.


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