Expensive son of Frankel gets off the mark at Randwick
First-crop son of Juddmonte sire sold for NZ$1.3m
Two years after selling for NZ$1.3 million at the NZB Premier Yearling Sale in 2016, Frankel's son Tangmere shed his maiden tag on his third start for Chris Waller at Randwick on Wednesday.
Having finished last on debut in October and an encouraging fourth on his second start at the end of that month, the colt found space in the closing stages to power home to beat Schoolmates by three quarters of a length.
Pencarrow Stud offered Tangmere, then a yearling, at the auction where he was bought for the sale-topping sum by BBA Ireland, Tom Magnier, Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, the Niarchos family and A Ng.
Sir Peter Vela's operation bred the three-year-old out of the winning Zabeel mare Our Echezeaux and he is a half-brother to the Group winners Pure Elegance and Dolmabache and to the Listed scorer Cote D'Or.
Tangmere's pedigree is laden full of top-class superstars as Our Echezeaux is in turn a sister to Group 1 winner Grand Echezeaux - the dam of champion New Zealand two- and three-year-old Darci Brahma and his Group 3-winning half-brother Burgundy.
She is also a three-parts sister to Group 3 scorer Romanee Conti whose best performer is none other than legendary Pencarrow mare Ethereal who was trained by Sheila Laxon to win the 2001 running of the Melbourne Cup.
His sire is none other than dual world champion Frankel, a stallion who has supplied Vela's Group 2 scorer Eminent, and with such a classy pedigree this colt is surely one to watch for the rest of the year.