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Surprise At More Joyous Filly Colour
Connections of the Frankel filly foal born to former star Australian mare More Joyous on Friday have expressed their surprise that the new arrival is a chestnut, reports bloodstock.racingpost.com. The filly is the first reported Frankel foal who was conceived at Banstead Manor Stud to southern-hemisphere time last year. Both Frankel and More Joyous are bays, but their foal is a chestnut with two white socks and a blaze. "I certainly wasn't expecting that," Duncan Grimley, manager of owner John Singleton's Strawberry Hill Stud, told breednet.com.au. "More Joyous has a black father and bay mother and Frankel is by a bay out of a bay, so when you're thinking about what the foal will be like, chestnut doesn't really enter your head." He added, "I've done a bit of research now though and 25 per cent of Frankel's first northern hemisphere crop of foals are chestnut and his sire Galileo has left plenty of good chestnuts, including this year's Derby winner Australia." The next stallion to cover More Joyous will be Fastnet Rock.