ANNIKE BYE HANSEN
Money Mission – bred to improve with age
Money Mission, a son of Frankel's brother Noble Mission, was trained by Tina Smith as a two-year-old and he joined Annike's team late in 2022. He ran three time and was placed once in his first season, when second to Starlight Song over 1370 metres / turf on his racecourse introduction. Starlight Song went on to win the Tattersalls Heatheworld Cup and the Amacitalopning in Sweden, so one can safely say that Money Mission was a bit unlucky in picking the day to make his debut. Money Mission also ran in the Heatherwold, but could manage only fourth place. He next tried the Norsk Kriterium and came home in fifth behind the winner, Ami de Vega, Stripesof Stars, Give Me Space and Chadwick.
Money Mission's pedigree points to improvement with age. Noble Mission, who was much more than a training partner and brother to the incredible Frankel, has done really well as a stallion, and it's well worth noting that he has sired high class performers on dirt in North America as well as on turf in Europe. In fact, his best offspring to date is Code of Honor, who was an absolute star for New York trainer Shug “Easy Goer” McGaughey a couple of years ago. Code of Honor won the Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga – a race often referred to as the Midsummer Derby – and he beat subsequent Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Vino Rosso in the all-aged Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park. He was also part of the controversial 2019 Kentucky Derby (G1), when Maximum Security was disqualified for having caused interference to War of Will – something that handed the win to Country House, with Code of Honor third. Code of Honor was about to gain momentum in his career then, and he got better in the second hand of the season.
Noble Mission was also a good three-year-old but he found his best form at five, when he won three Group One events; the Tattersalls Gold Cup over 10.5 furlongs at The Curragh in Ireland, Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (G1) over 2400 metres in France and finally the 10-furlong Champion Stakes (G1) at Ascot on his swansong.
Money Mission is out of the the lightly raced maiden winner Beckoning (Kodiac). Beckoning is a granddaughter to Hellvellyn, who is best known as the dam of Fast and Furious, a smart turf performer in France and North America, where he was second in the Hollywood Derby (G1) and third in the Shoemaker Mile (G1). GS 200223