Frankel colt Count Octave hits right note on all-weather debut
Three-parts brother to Treasure Beach breaks his duck
All eyes are on Frankel to see how his first crop perform at three, and, with the British turf season yet to begin, he already has five three-year-old winners on the board.
Fashion Business was first off the mark for her sire, winning a 1m2f maiden at Lingfield in January. Next came Soul Stirring, who followed up on a Grade 1 success in Japan last year with a win in the Group 3 Tulip Sho at Hanshin this month.
Lady Frankel, a half-sister to dual French Classic winner Lope De Vega, won on debut at Saint-Cloud just over a week ago. Then, only last Friday, Musikel improved on his only previous start at Leopardstown to win a mile maiden at Newcastle.
The latest winner is Count Octave, who opened his account in the 1m4f maiden at Wolverhampton on Tuesday. He gradually wore down long-time leader Utopian Dream to score by three lengths, with Elite Icon a further 30 lengths behind in third.
Bred by Qatar Bloodstock, the three-year-old colt is a three-parts brother to Irish Derby hero Treasure Beach and half-brother to the classy Elidor. The siblings are out of the Mark Of Esteem mare Honorine, a half-sister to the 2003 Hardwicke Stakes winner Indian Creek and Group 3-placed Desert Dew.
Honorine has produced five winners from eight runners and also has a two-year-old sister to Count Octave.
Tuesday's winner holds an entry for the Derby in June.