Son of Frankel set for hurdling career after Elliott snaps him up
£30,000 purchase boasts some classy relations
Five years after Frankel amplified his brilliance with a seven-length demolition of his rivals in the Juddmonte International, Gordon Elliott snapped up a son of the dual world champion at the Tattersalls Ireland Ascot August Sale on Tuesday to go juvenile hurdling.
Commentariolus, who had been campaigned in France, was sold for just £30,000. While his best effort on the track was a fourth-placed finish over a 1m6f maiden at Clairefontaine, he boasts a number of classy relations.
He is a half-brother to Group 2 winner Curtain Call and Listed scorer Nature Spirits as well as a three-parts brother to Galileo's dual Listed-winner Launched. His dam, the Darshaan mare Apsara, is a half-sister to the Group 1 performers Hernando and Johann Quatz.
Of his new purchase, Elliot said: "Mouse O'Ryan and myself bought him on spec to go juvenile hurdling. He's got size and scope and goes on soft ground, so we're hoping to find an owner."
He will not be the first son of Frankel to go hurdling as at the Tattersalls July Sale, Musikel was bought by Richard Venn for 21,000gns for trainer Chris Gordon.
York on Wednesday could yet prove the scene of more joy for Frankel as he is represented by four of his progeny in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes.
The quartet includes Cracksman, who came within a neck of providing his sire a first Group 1 win in Britain and Ireland when beaten by Capri in last month's Irish Derby. Prior to that, he had also finished third in the Derby at Epsom in June.
Count Octave, Atty Persse and Mirage Dancer strengthen his hand and will all bid for their chance of a first victory at Group Level and perhaps provide their sire with his 14th individual stakes winner.
At the close of trade at Ascot, from the 130 lots catalogued 84 had sold for a total of £585,500 - up 32 per cent on 2016's figure of £448,900. The average rose 30 per cent from £5,281 to £6,970 and the median increased from £2,000 to £4,000.