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Fearsome Frankel Returns to Action in Sussex

10 September 25: Frankel (no. 2), ridden by Tom Queally and trained by H. R. A. Cecil, wins the Royal Lodge Stakes for two year olds at Ascot Racecourse in Ascot, England. (Bob Mayberger/Eclipse Sportswire)
THE wait to see Usain Bolt at London 2012 continues but an even quicker athlete will hit the track at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday when the fearsome Frankel returns to action.

Bolt may be odds-on favourite for the 100 metres gold medal but he is a massive price to win compared to Frankel who is as short as 1-20 to make it 12 wins from 12 starts in the Group 1 Qipco Sussex Stakes.

Just three rivals will line-up against the best racehorse in the world as he attempts to win Wednesday's feature for the second successive year and connections are anticipating seeing him in action as keenly as his thousands of supporters.

 

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to be thought very good in Europe, a vcitory in England or France and possibly Ireland is a must.
Wow, so cool that they may put him in France. Glad there moving his workouts around a little bit. lol
STOP THE PRESSES! Frankel in France? Quite possibly so! Racing Post reports: Owner Khalid Abdullah's racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said after Frankel's Sussex stroll: "There are two obvious races left for him, the Juddmonte and the Champion Stakes, but there is a gap of nearly two months between them and Henry may decide to give him a race in between, possibly something like the Prix du Moulin.
Well maybe I'm wrong, but I think that not only is it because of Cecil's "dentist appointment" but maybe he does not travel well. There are a lot of reasons why but I just don't get it.
@UnionRagsRules, Henry Cecil has already said pretty adamantly in multiple interviews that he does not intend on bringing Frankel to America for the Breeders Cup unless Prince Khalid Abdullah over-rules him, which isn't likely at all. The G1 Juddmonte International Stakes over 10f at York will be next for him in a couple of weeks. Depending on how he does at York, the G1 Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown over 10f has been mentioned as a possible September target for him, and then either the G1 Champion Stakes at 10f or the G1 QE II Stakes at 8f at Ascot in October. After that, it's off to the breeding shed for Mr. Frankel, I'm afraid.
URR- the Breeder's Cup is not as important as you seem to think.
rossington- there are many cases of full siblings not performing well at the exact same distance. SHC has always said it is not his ability that he questions, it is the maturity of Frankel;'s mind. He needs to see that he can be patient in a race before he stretches him out. The man knows what he is doing, so there is a very good reason I am sure.
I agree. If he wasn't so afraid, he would take him to a BC race on the turf.
Frankly, I'm starting to believe that Sir Henry Cecil is coddling Frankel a bit too much. His younger full brother with the very same, identical pedigree of Frankel has run 4 straight outstanding races now in listed in group stakes company. 2 at 10f and 2 at 12f. Winning the G3 Gordon Stakes today at 12f, and not finishing worse than 2nd in any of the 4. Honestly, I don't think Frankel should even be running in the Sussex Stakes this year. He should really already have at least one race under his belt by now at 10f. Either the G1 Prince of Wales's Stakes at Ascot or the G1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown, and Cecil should be thinking ahead to the next 10f target like the upcoming G1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York in August. But TJMO.
Anytime he runs, it's exciting! PS, Usain is not the one to beat tomorrow--Yohan Blake will win the 100m!

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