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Frankel set for Caviar date

World’s top racehorses linked to breeding union at Newmarket

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Dubai: Frankel and Black Caviar, the two highest-rated horses in the world this season, are being linked to a high-profile union at Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Racing’s Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket, England.

The latter, who carved out a niche for herself in Australian racing history by remaining unbeaten in 22 starts, is most likely to visit Frankel at the stud’s breeding barns once he takes up his much-trumpeted position as chief stallion.

Frankel retired to stud after maintaining his flawless 14-win record when triumphant in the Qipco Champion Stakes (G1) at Ascot last Saturday.

There has been no official announcement regarding Black Caviar’s retirement but it is widely believed that her scrambling win in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot was her swansong performance.

“We would consider going to Frankel because he is clearly the best distance horse in the world,” Black Caviar’s co-owner, Neil Werrett, told The Age.

“There would have to be a few conditions that would have to be worked out to make it happen, but the two best horses in the world together — that would be something.

“I might be a little biased, but I would say he is the second best horse I have ever seen.”

Frankel’s stud value is estimated at £100 million (Dh588 million) with a nomination fee likely to figure at around £100,000.