Frankuus scores at Haydock under jockey Joe Fanning
PICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
By Peter Scargill 8:31PM 9 JUN 2016
FRANKUUS continued the brilliant start to stud for Frankel as a sire as he became the stallion’s fourth winner from just five runners.
Trained by Mark Johnston for owners Hussain Lootah and Ahmad Al Shaikh, Frankuus was unruly in the paddock when jockey Joe Fanning was given the leg up, rearing and attempting to get rid of his rider, but proved much more pliable in the race.
The grey travelled in mid division in the 7f novice stakes before making his effort with two furlongs to run and hitting the front, where he was green but still good enough to beat Arc Royal.
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Frankuus follows in the footsteps of Queen Kindly, Fair Eva and Cunco, who could run at Royal Ascot next week in the Chesham Stakes, by making a winning debut for the unbeaten star Frankel.
Charlie Johnston, assistant to trainer Mark Johnston, told Racing UK: “With every Frankel winner that had gone in the pressure was ramped up a little more and in the paddock beforehand he was the horse people wanted a photo of. We’re over the moon.
“It was a really pleasing performance. There are lots of things he can step forward on mentally as well.”
He added: “The dream is still alive and the bubble hasn’t burst with him yet.”