What a stud! 125k-a-time Frankel settles into his new home as he prepares for his career change
17:18 GMT, 22 November 2012
It is not often a horse commands a stud fee of 125,000 so Banstead Manor Farm have every right to show off their prize possession.
Unbeaten Frankel was paraded round the grounds before he goes to work.
Rated as the greatest horse in the world, Frankel was expected to stand for around 100,000 after retiring on the back of a 14-race unbeaten career — but his fee was announced last week as 125,000.
A real stud: Unbeaten racehorse Frankel in his new home at Banstead Stud in Newmarket
He will be based in Newmarket at owner Khalid Abdullah’s Banstead Manor Farm, where he is pictured in these photos.
Juddmonte Farms general manager Philip Mitchell said: ‘We believe our stallion roster is the best we have been able to offer breeders – and we are very excited with both of our new arrivals.
‘The fee for Frankel reflects his merits as being perhaps the greatest racehorse we have ever witnessed. He is by Galileo, who is now recognised as the best sire in the world, and out of Kind, a winner of six races (from five to seven furlongs) and herself a daughter of one of the most influential stallions in the history of thoroughbred breeding, Danehill.
Expensive business: Frankel will command a stud fee of 125,000
Getting used to new surroundings: Frankel settled in his new home
‘Bated Breath (8,000) will give breeders the opportunity to use a most genuine sprinter who was placed second in four Group One races. Ironically, his father Dansili started his career at the same fee and he also just failed to win a Group One race.’
Dansili and Oasis Dream, Juddmonte’s two previous standard bearers, will stand for 80,000.
Mitchell added: ‘We have made minor adjustments to the fees of our two major stalwarts Dansili and Oasis Dream as we believe both of these world-class sires to be equally successful.’