ch g Frankel - Binche (Woodman)
Initially trained in France by André Fabre, Finche did not race as a two-year-old but signalled his talent by winning on debut in May of his three-year-old year at Deauville. His next run saw him step up to blacktype company in the Listed Prix Ridgway, Compiegne, where he achieved a third-place finish in a closely-run race. In his third race of the season, the Gr.2 Prix Eugene Adam at Maisons-Laffitte, he took a narrow lead 400m out from the line and stayed on strongly to win by half a length. His victory extended Fabre’s record in this race to a remarkable 15 wins.
He raced one more time in 2017 in the Gr.2 Prix Niel at Chantilly, putting in a front-running performance from the break. He was passed by another son of Frankel – a subsequent triple Gr.1 winner Cracksman – at the 400m mark but stayed on strongly to claim third.
Finche achieved another Group win for Juddmonte in August of his four-year-old year. He led the Gr.3 Prix de Reux (Deauville) from start to finish. Settling into his enormous stride he galloped remorselessly to the line with a length and a quarter to spare over his nearest rival. This was to be Finche’s final race in Europe before being sold to race in Australia, with Juddmonte retaining a 25% interest in the horse.
Finche began his Southern Hemisphere career under trainer Chris Waller in October 2018 by adding some more blacktype to his record with a third place in the Gr.3 Geelong Cup. His next target was the iconic Gr.1 Melbourne Cup. Despite breaking well and running prominently through the race he was headed in the final furlong to finish an honourable fourth.
The following year, the son of Frankel continued to regularly run at Group-level. The highlights were a win in the Gr.3 Kingston Stakes at Randwick and a second place in the Gr.1 Turnbull Stakes, Flemington, where he was beaten a short head by stablemate Kings Will Dream
In 2020, Finche placed in both the Gr.2 Chelmsford Stake at Randwick and again in the Gr.1 Turnbull Stakes.