Stage set for another big day for Frankel
Sire has three of five runners testing Classic claims at Sandown
After making a big impression with his more precocious progeny last season, Frankel's first three-year-olds have hit the ground running this time round. From the hard-fought success of Cracksman in Wednesday's Epsom Derby Trial to Eminent's glittering display in the Craven Stakes last week, they are showing every sign of genuine Classic potential.
The bet365 Classic Trial at Sandown on Friday gives his first crop another big chance to shine, as he is responsible for three of the five declarations. They include his first ever winner, Cunco, but by the same token he has a relatively exposed look compared to the hugely exciting Juddmonte homebred Monarchs Glen.
The fifth foal out of the Grade 2-winning Lear Fan mare Mirabilis, Monarchs Glen is a half-brother to the winners Cordial, Oversteer and Ruffled. His dam is a half-sister to top-class miler Nebraska Tornado, who won the Prix du Moulin and the Prix de Diane for Andre Fabre and Khalid Abdullah.
Cunco completed a number of firsts for his sire when he was the first foal born, first runner and first winner for his sire. Like Monarchs Glen, he is trained by John Gosden, and the Don Alberto homebred is the first foal out of the classy Danehill Dancer mare Chrysanthemum.
Chrysanthemum notched victories over seven furlongs and a mile, and got a Group 1 placing when third in the 1m2f Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh.
Completing the trio is Frankuus, a Group 3 winner over 1m1f, who was bred by Ballylinch Stud out of the unplaced Linamix mare Dookus and is a half-brother to Group 3 scorer US Law. He is from the family of Breeders' Cup Turf hero Red Rocks.
What promises to be another big day for the world champion son of Galileo starts with the reappearance of the highly regarded Atty Persse in the bet365 Esher Cup at 1.50pm. Bred by Bjorn Nielsen, he is the first foal out of the Listed-winning Norse Dancer mare Dorcas Lane.