Unbeaten £100 million racehorse champion Frankel recently retired to stud, and it has been announced that his stud fee has been set to £125,000, ($200,000, €156,000).
Frankel will have Special Live Foal termsoperating on a no foal, no fee basis. During his race career, Frankel won almost £3m however, with an expected 100 mares in his first year, he could make £12m in his first year, and an overall £100m during his stud service.
Frankel seems to have it all – great heart and lung capacity, good looks and speed. However, there is no guarantee that he will perform well at stud.
In the thoroughbred industry, embryo transfer and artificial insemination is not permitted, therefore his means of service will only be live cover. The mare will be washed and ”teased” with a low value stallion over a ”teasing board” to get her in the mood, and then the precious stallion will come in and do his work… Three people are required for the… main event, shall we say, one to hold the stallion, one to hold the mare, and another to “help him get an accurate shot”.
Frankel moved from trainer Sir Henry Cecil’s Warren Place to Barnstead Manor Stud last week, where he will serve at stud. Funnily enough, Frankel’s stud career will commence from St Valentine’s Day 2013, a rather appropriate date! Owners from around the globe are queuing up to have their mares serviced by this great stallion.