Frankel’s legacy lives on as Cunco wins debut

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Frankel’s stallion career got off to the perfect start as his first-born son Cunco made a winning debut at Newbury.

The mighty Frankel was retired to stud in 2012 as one of the all-time greats, having won each of his 14 career starts for the late Sir Henry Cecil, including 10 at Group One level.

The John Gosden-trained Cunco, the first foal Frankel produced out of the talented mare Chrysanthemum, became the first of his offspring to grace the racecourse in the second division of the Welcome To The Starlight Raceday Maiden Stakes. Having played up in the parade ring beforehand and looking green going down to the start, the youngster was sent off an easy-to-back 7-2 chance in the hands of Robert Havlin.

Havlin covered his mount up early on and after being asked to mount his challenge, Cunco showed a smart change of gear to run down Isomer and get up by three-quarters of a length.

Previous winners of the six-furlong contest include Adaay, Strong Suit and the multiple Group One winner Canford Cliffs, who chased home Frankel in the 2011 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.

Paddy Power reacted by making Cunco — who was born on January 11, 2014 — the 6-1 favourite for the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Haydock is this week set to host the next offspring of Frankel to hit the track. Next off the production line is set to be the Richard Fahey-trained filly Queen Kindly, who was foaled only three days after Cunco and is bred to be speedy as her dam Lady Of The Desert, who won the Lowther Stakes in 2009 and was runner-up in the Prix de l’Abbaye the following year.

Queen Kindly is understood to be showing plenty of speed on the North Yorkshire gallops at Malton and is entered in a Maiden Fillies’ Stakes over six furlongs on Thursday.

Bruce Raymond, racing manager to Jaber Abdullah, owner of Queen Kindly, said that Fahey had told him, she’s ready to start off, probably over six furlongs at Haydock, although there’s also a race over five furlongs at Nottingham the following week.

Heading to Haydock the following day for a 6f maiden is a Frankel colt out of Drops called Majoris, who is in training with Hugo Palmer.

Like Cunco, Majoris has been showing up nicely in his work on the Newmarket gallops and connections are already talking in terms of the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Newmarket-based trainer Roger Varian is training the first foal, by Frankel, out of champion Danedream. The bay filly is owned in part by breeder Teruya Yoshida, and is one of three Frankel offspring that Varian has in his barn. The others include a half-brother to G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth winner Postponed, and a half-brother to multiple Group 1 winner Regal Parade.

Danedream captured the Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes during her illustrious racing career.