French double as Frankel three-year-old winners accumulate
Last Kingdom and Middle East break maiden at Maisons-Laffitte
Three-year-old maiden winners for Frankel keep coming thick and fast and the unbeaten dual world champion notched a notable double at Maisons-Laffitte on Monday.
Last Kingdom landed the mile maiden for colts and geldings and Middle East took the fillies' equivalent to make it seven new winners from the debut crop of Frankel since the turn of the year.
Last Kingdom had finished second in both his starts at two last year and was making his seasonal bow for trainer Andre Fabre and owner Prince Faisal.
He was bred by Michael and Reiko Baum out of 7f maiden winner Compelling, a daughter of Kingmambo and Phoenix Stakes winner Damson, making her a half-sister to Flying Childers Stakes winner and promising sire Requinto.
Last Kingdom, who holds entries for the Poule d'Essai des Poulains, Prix du Jockey Club and Grand Prix de Paris, was bought by Hugo Merry on behalf of Prince Faisal for $500,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale in 2015.
FRANKEL'S THREE-YEAR-OLD MAIDEN WINNERS
Count Octave (c. ex Honorine) won 1m4f Wolverhampton maiden
Dream Castle (c. ex Sand Vixen) won 7f Doncaster maiden
Fashion Business (g. ex Icon Project) won 1m2f Lingfield maiden
Lady Frankel (f. ex Lady Vettori) won 1m Saint-Cloud maiden
Last Kingdom (c. ex Compelling) won 1m Maisons-Laffitte maiden
Middle East (f. ex Rose Bonheur) won 1m Maisons-Laffitte maiden
Musikel (g. ex Musical Treat) won 1m Newcastle maiden
Middle East, who had finished second on her debut at Chantilly last month, got up by a head to defeat the Holy Roman Emperor filly Bijin at Maisons-Laffitte.
She is trained by Jean-Claude Rouget for Al Shaqab Racing after being bought by Mandore International for a sale-topping €800,000 at last year's Arqana breeze-up.
Ben Sangster bred Middle East out of the Danehill Dancer mare Rose Bonheur, a dual Listed-winning sprinter in Ireland.
The dam is a half-sister to Group 3 Silver Flash Stakes third Roseraie out of Group 3 International Stakes winner and Moyglare Stud Stakes runner-up Red Feather.
Middle East holds entries in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, Prix Saint-Alary and Prix de Diane.
From a first crop of 111 live foals, Frankel has now supplied 25 individual winners headed by Grade 1 scorer Soul Stirring, a close third in the Japanese 1,000 Guineas on Sunday.