Frankel half-brother to Zoffany off the mark at Gowran Park
Expensive yearling buy Rostropovich notches first success
Hot on the heels of supplying his first winner at Royal Ascot with Atty Persse, Frankel was represented by a new two-year-old winner when his regally-bred son Rostropovich broke his maiden over 7f at Gowran Park on Sunday.
The colt, who had finished seventh on his debut last month, needed some encouragement in the early stages of the race from his jockey Seamie Heffernan. Two furlongs from home, he was kept up to his work as Medal Of Honour headed the field, but he slowly reeled in the leader to win by half a length.
His handler Aidan O'Brien knows the family well as he trained his talented half-brother Zoffany to win the Phoenix Stakes as a two-year-old - and, memorably, to run Frankel to three-quarters of a length when a fast-closing second in the St James's Palace Stakes.
Rostropovich is the ninth foal bred by Croom House Stud out of the Machiavellian mare Tyranny and he is also a half-brother to Group 3 winner Wilshire Boulevard.
It was at the Tattersalls December Mares Sale in 2007 that Tyranny came into the stud's possession when, through agent Hugo Merry, they paid 230,000gns for her.
She was being offered by Philippa Cooper's Normandie Stud in foal to Dansili, the result of which turned out to be Zoffany.
Croom House Stud offered Rostropovich at Tattersalls last year and he was snapped up by MV Magnier, Mayfair Speculators and Peter and Ross Doyle for 1.1 million guineas.
According to Weatherbys, Tyranny's last known foal is a yearling filly by Darley's flagship sire Dubawi as the mare died as a 16-year-old last year.
Frankel, a nine-year-old son of Galileo, is the sire of Japanese Grade 1 heroine Soul Stirring and a host of other Group performers including Derby third Cracksman and Group 2 scorer Queen Kindly.