Frankel fires to seven length Juddmonte success‏

August 24, 2012 01:41pm
Photo: Emma-Louise Kerwin/
The somewhat surprisingly nervous tension surrounding York Racecourse was settled in a matter of strides on Wednesday as Sir Henry Cecil's superstar four year old colt, Frankel, surged clear for an emphatic seven length success leaving eight rivals in his wake with exceptional style. Such was the manner of Frankel's victory, that the unprecedented prospect of an entry in the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe now looks a real possibility on the first Sunday of October, a race which would likely bring the curtain down on the career of the people's champion. 

Slow out of the starting gates, Frankel showed his versatility as Tom Queally anchored the son of Galileo in an unfamiliar fifth place behind St Nicholas Abbey as Robin Hood and Windsor Palace began their tag-team pacesetting, as expected, on the front end. With Bullet Train settled off the pace in third, St Nicholas Abbey was perfectly poised in fourth despite the overbearing presence of the people's champion, Frankel, keeping close tabs on him just a length back. Swinging into the Knavesmire straight, Queally began to angle Frankel to the wide outside and along the stands side rail. Silence covered the York stands as Sir Henry Cecil's superstar slingshot off the bend seemingly readily to deliver his effort. The roar of the crowd began to kick in louder and louder with each passing second as Frankel, under a tight double handed grip from Queally, began to make smooth process alongside St Nicholas Abbey before kicking on with unbelievable ease. In a matter of strides, Frankel surged clear to the sound of emphatic applause from all corners of the racecourse to run out a facile seven length victor of the Juddmonte International to the delight of the record opening day crowd. 

Returning to a racecourse for the first time since a recent session of chaemotherophy for a stomach cancer that has troubled him for many years, Sir Henry Cecil was a welcome returning sight to the crowd after missing Frankel's dominant defence of the Sussex Stakes at the Glorious Goodwood meeting three weeks prior. With a stick in his right hand to support his movement, Cecil was applauded at every moment he entered and exited the parade ring in both the Great Voltigeur Stakes - in which he saddles Frankel's full brother, Noble Mission, to a fourth-placed finish - and Frankel's race, the Juddmonte International.  It was somewhat fitting for Sir Henry Cecil to be interviewed in the winners enclosure by UK Channel Four's Derek Thompson. who himself has been recovering from bowel cancer and was had also only returned to the racetrack in the last few weeks. A vocally faint Cecil said "That was great wasn't it? It's great for Yorkshire, they are very supportive of racing. I feel twenty years better now". "Three cheers for Sir Henry" the crowd bellowed after showing similar appreciation for Frankel. Vocally unable to express himself in his normal appreciative and eloquent manner, Cecil tipped his hat in appreciation as he exited the parade ring fully in the knowledge that his last superstar may be his best ever. 

Aboard for each and every one of Frankel's scintillating thirteen victories, Queally is enjoying every moment of Frankel's career as the stunning colt continues to improve as each race passes. A horse of a lifetime for the public, things cannot get any better than this for Sir Henry Cecil's stable jockey. "He's not even gone yet and I miss him already" said Queally after the race, "He's the ultimate miler and today he proved he's the ultimate ten furlongs horse too. It's some achievement. He was relaxed all the way and was really rhythm and that's important, especially with the step up in trip.". Twelve months ago, doubters quipped that Frankel would struggle to stay the ten furlong distance due to his inability to settle - today they were proved wrong. 

Emphatic in victory over today's distance of ten furlongs, Frankel was not stopping at the wire with Queally, as is Frankel's trademark exuberance at the end of his races, struggling to pull him up for a significant distance. The prospect of Frankel taking on the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe - a race over one-and-a-half furlongs further than today's trip - is now a very real possibility. A race Sir Henry Cecil is yet to win, the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp would be Frankel's first foray on foreign soil would be a race Juddmonte Farms would have to supplement Frankel for. As with all of his previous thirteen races, Frankel will tell the team at Warren Place if and when he is ready to race next. 



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So I guess Sir henry's Cancer and his inability to travel is why they kept Frankel in england and not headed for France. give Sir Henry a break. Champions Stakes is just fine. Where are all the top 10f horses over there dodging him like at York?. The Champions will be a sham of a field because regardless of where Frankel runs, the others will run to the other race. He goes to the ARC the others will run The Champions, and Japan Cup, if he goes to the Champions....everyone else runs for the ARC.
I don't follow the Euro racing to much but would like to know when Frankel may return to action?
Beautiful song but what timeline?
Thinkin' it fits the timeline given 5 months ago.
Dare I ask why?
Looking forward to it for months now, loran. 5 months.
A few days ago I posted that horses like Frankel come along once in a blue moon. I just found out that there's a blue moon Aug 31st!
I don't profess to know a hell of a lot? But this much I do know. Frankel handled 10-1/2f at York with as much ease as he's handled 8f everywhere else he's been. He disposed of two 130 Timeform rated horses in Fahrr and St Nicholas Abbey by an easy 7 furlongs with contempt. What I saw out of Frankel at York at that distance makes me feel confident in saying that even if the Juddmonte International had been ran at 12f instead of 10-1/2f, Frankel would've still had a minimum of 4 to 5 lengths on a 2-time G1 Coronation Cup and G1 BC Turf winner, IMO. Short of a British SAS sniper popping up and plugging Frankel the next time he pops out of the starting gate, there's not a doubt in my mind that Frankel retires undefeated, and I don't care if he goes to the Arc De Triomphe over 12f at Longchamp? Or the Champion Stakes over 10f at Ascot? Tom Queally proved once and for all at York that this beast can be ridden with restraint early on in the race and still produce that devasting turn of foot when it's called on!!
  • ILuvTurfRacing · Typ-o on my part in this comment. I meant to sayFrankel disposed of Farhh and SNA by an easy 7 LENGTHS, not 7 furlongs, LOL. · 2463 days ago
;) I giggle at your sometimes bad language, footy. I enjoy many of your comments--all of the ones I agree with, LOL.
Mary Z.- you always put a smile on my face ;P
ARC why not? for me. come on
For the moment. But may I add, Frankel, W.I.N.Z. He's Frankel.
I just wanted you to know that Bris was quoting Racing Post ratings. Others are using Timeform and there are the IWR ratings also. As far as anything else about the subject of Frankel, I have no comment anymore.
She requires a magic wand to do that.
PS the tooth is under the pillow , I really hope the fairy comes.
Im with icy.. I selfishly want to see more.
ty footlick, Brisnet was right then. I misunderstood. I know I make a fuss like a child"but I want more." I don't think I'll see another like him, fitting he was named Frankel. A muslim naming the horse of a generation after a jew, maybe there is hope.
I wasn't going to post anymore, but just to clear up the confusion for icy, this is the second consecutive 140 Racing Post rating for Frankel. It is a different rating system than Timeform.
Sometimes it’s not the number of races, but the number of years that a horse has been in training. Frankel is in his third year of competing and that can be tough mentally on a horse and sometimes make them dull and uninterested. Secretariat raced two years, the Bid, Slew, Affirmed and many others raced until four. The days of Kelso and his 8 year career are long gone, at least for quality horses that aren’t geldings. To me, Frankel is like Ghostzapper. Wowed by their performances, waiting patiently for their next race, and then before you know it, they’re gone. At least we have YouTube.
It was a lot more common then, Ruffian. Yeah, you never see it now. I think we're getting close to the point where the voters for HOY will have to choose between horses that have only had 2 or 3 starts for the year.

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