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Frankel 'just one of the boys'Headlines
Frankel at his new home

Frankel is adapting well to life after racing with Banstead Manor Stud reporting enquiries from around the globe for his services as a stallion.

Just two weeks after leaving Sir Henry Cecil's Newmarket stable, the horse regarded by many as the greatest of all time is settling into his surroundings at his owner Prince Khalid Abdullah's premises in Cheveley, just four miles outside the renowned training centre.

His next-door neighbour in a brand-new box is Oasis Dream, already an established stallion, while the likes of Champs Elysees, Dansili and Bated Breath are further down the row of red-brick lodgings.

No other male member of the Juddmonte band has, though, arrived with such a gilded reputation or would have been able to command a fee of £125,000 with their prowess unproven.

But breeders are already queuing up with blue-blooded mares, and such names as Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Danedream, Stacelita, Zagora and Vodka are already scheduled to meet him between mid-February and June next year.

"He's the most intelligent horse, very curious to see what's going on," said Banstead's general manager, Philip Mitchell.

"He's settled in well and is just one of the boys. He's no longer up there (at the top), he's the new kid on the block."

Mitchell knows there is no guarantee Frankel will be a hit at stud, as the likes of George Washington and Starspangledbanner failed because of fertility issues and many others have not passed on their ability.

He said: "You've got to be realistic. The statistics tell us only one in nine or 10 horses to go to stud are successful. But not every horse is going to cover the class of mare Frankel will."

Mitchell went on: "This horse is the ultimate and he just has the most wonderfully intelligent outlook on life. There has been an incredible amount of interest from as far afield as America and Japan, while we have also been approached by Australian breeders."

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