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Frankel's first winner Cunco to take up stud duty in South America

Cunco gives Frankel his first winner with victory at Newbury
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Cunco, who wrote his name into the history books by becoming Frankel's first winner with a successful debut at Newbury in May 2016, will take up stud duties at Haras Santa Monica in Chile in the forthcoming southern hemisphere breeding season.

Bred and raced by Don Alberto Corporation, Cunco followed up that memorable debut effort with a string of solid performances in stakes company. He gained his second career success on his three-year-old reappearance when landing the Group 3 bet365 Classic Trial at Sandown.

Following a sixth-place finish in the Chester Vase, Don Alberto switched Cunco from the care of John Gosden to the US, where he originally joined Chad Brown before being moved to the stable of Bill Mott.

The four-year-old made three starts in the US, but was unable to finish any nearer than sixth.

Frankel: Cunco will become the unbeaten champion's third sire son
While Don Alberto has its own stud in Chile - Haras Don Alberto, where the likes of Midshipman, Tourist and Lookin At Lucky will stand in 2018 - Cunco has been leased to Haras Santa Monica, located near the small rural town of Linderos, and is due to arrive on Wednesday.

Cunco, who was also Frankel's first foal, is the first produce of Chrysanthemum, a daughter of Danehill Dancer who won a pair of Group 3s and three Listed events while in training with David Wachman.

Chrysanthemum was bought on behalf of Don Alberto for 800,000gns at Tattersalls in 2013 while carrying Cunco in utero.

Cunco is not the first son of Frankel to retire to stud, with Straight Shooter - a half-brother to Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere winner Naaqoos - standing at Hadjiyiannis Stud in Akaki, Cyprus, and Tango Fire taking up residency at Alias Warriach Stud near Sargodha in Pakistan.


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