So heated were the airwaves that chief executive for Juddmonte Farms, Douglas Erskine-Crum was forced to put out a statement to quash some of the more fanciful notions that were suggested. He said, “His Highness is going to make some disposals over the next few months, but his interest remains undiminished and he will continue to race. It is very early days and a process that will take many months.”
Some people had come to the conclusion that Frankel might be on the market, but the statement went on, “The name Frankel has not been mentioned here. There is a review of the whole operation but His Highness’ interest in racing remains undiminished. There’s months to go and we’ve hardly started. We’ve got nothing else to say.”
With nine stud farms spread across Britain, Ireland and America, Prince Khalid has built up his empire over the past 35 years and now has around 900 horses. Champions such as Dancing Brave, Rainbow Quest, Commander In Chief and Midday carried the green, pink sash and white sleeves with distinction, and have gone onto prove themselves top quality when it comes to breeding as well.
Now some choice horses both in and out of training will soon be on the market, and there will be no shortage of buyers. If the dispersal is spread over the next year, there’s the possibility that it could include one or two first season Frankel foals.
Fiona Shaw, a bloodstock agent in the past has bought horses that have gone over to America, was very excited at the news of the sale. She said, “Everyone will be keen to see what they are going to offer and how they are going to disperse their stock. The interest will be global and knowing how Juddmonte operate, I’m sure it will be dealt with professionally. It remains to be seen how they will do it: whether it’s a one off sake at Tattersalls or just put into the general catalogues at the different sales around the world. But whatever happens, I’m sure the interest will be immense.”
Stephen Hillen, who counts Marwan Koukash amongst his clients, thought it would boost the end of year sales. He said, “They (Juddmonte) usually put a lot of mares and fillies through the December sales so it will be interesting to see if the numbers in those are up. We will have to see what happens but it will certainly give the bloodstock industry a boost.”