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Frankel to stay in England

Photo: Emma-Louise Kerwin/Goodtosoft.co.uk

Saying thanks, but no thanks to much hoped for races either in America of France, It was announced this morning that the “best horse in the world” would be staying in England for his next and likely final race. Frankel will will be pointed for the 1 ¼ mile Champion Stakes on October 20 according to a press release from the stable’s racing manager Lord Teddy Grimthorpe. The Group 1 race at Ascot was always on the connections radar, but race fans were hoping for something a little more outside the box after the son of Galileo’s electrifying victory in the 1 5/16-mile Juddmonte International earlier this month. Grimthorpe said the choice was made “following discussions with [trainer] Sir Henry Cecil.”

Owned by Juddmonte Farms, Frankel has thrilled the racing world with 13 consecutive victories to begin his career. Most of them have come in Group 1 company, and have been won with devastating ease. Never has Frankel’s stock been higher than since his last win, in which he not only beat world-class horses by seven lengths, but he did it in a race much farther than his previous distance barrier of one mile. It seemed now may be the time to send Frankel to America for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, or perhaps more likely, a trip across the English Channel for the 12 furlong Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, still considered the world’s most prestigious turf race. We now know the answer to be no.

While certainly understandable that his connections wish to keep Frankel at home, and at a distance and on a surface they know he can handle, the sporting side of most of the racing world was looking for something more for the horse that many have on their short list of greatest racehorses to ever live.

Frankel will undoubtedly be a prohibitive favorite to win the Champion and likely will win once again for fun to keep his record unblemished in 14 career starts, but I have to wonder if his team have not shortchanged his greatness just a little by not giving him an ultimate challenge while he is still clearly in the peak of his wonderful career.

Frankel in the Breeders’ Cup Classic or Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe … Now that would have been fun to see!


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Older Comments about Frankel to stay in England...

But it is kinda crappy that they wont take on the ARC.. How can it not? Is he better than Danedream? Orfevre? SnowFairy? We will never know..BOOOOOO
Count me out of we. I don't laugh at Frankel, and I don't call all of his competition "tomato cans".
Once again Frankel will faces the same tomato cans he always faces, stop calling him the greatest horse in the world..Go ahead and retire him cause we just laugh at him in America
I get ya, footy. There's a situation to a different degree right here in the States. I se which comment you were referring to now; just didn't think it was as cold, just about being competition minded..
They don't have to do anything to prove Frankel is a top notch horse, best running today, no doubt, but to say he is the greatest of all time and act as though he is the second coming of Christ**** Well, that takes alot more proving in my book.
Sometimes, Mary Z., you have to have enough compassion for someone suffering that what you want and what you think a horse NEEDS, as was emphasized, is transcended by the situation at hand. I thought the comment that only cares about what somebody else wants without any compassion for what the trainer is going through was crass and cold. Maybe I'm the only one, but there are some lines in my opinion you don't cross. This horse is obviously very special to Sir Henry and if he wants to be where the horse runs, then that's fine with me. If others, who have no connection whatsoever with the horse, feel differently that is their prerogative. I just rubbed me the wrong way.
I don't understand why they need to fly him all over the world to prove to some people that he is the best, just leave him where he is and let him run where he is accustomed to
Was it deleted?
So nice to see that you have such a big heart timgsmith10. Let's hope you never know what he is going through. A very crass, cold comment.
P.S., MM, You'd have to come up with some new combination of profane words before I'd even notice you might be ticked off.
Where were you thinking Frankel would face Orfevre and Danedream at 12f, MarcelloM?
So because his trainer ALLWAYS travels with his horse and cant make the flight to France we should as fans not care to see Orfevre,Frankel,Danedream,SnowFairy etc?? Send him with your brother sister aunt or mother I could care less he NEEDS to be in the Arc..
I love assholes like Joseph who don't realize Sir Henry always travels withFrankel, and considering he has stomach cancer, and has been battling it you would show some F**KING RESPECT. Nobody give two Sh!ts what your opinion is and trust me if Frankel went in the ARC the other would run and hide.....
Everyone knew this was coming... dissapointing but at least he will race 1 more time,,, AAAAH what could have been.
whatever Sir Henry Cecil decides is fine with me. My prayers are with him in his battle with cancer.
I agree with everyone and anyone who wishes to see Frankel The Freak in the ARC or Breeders Cup (Turf Race at least) but it is funny how the only people who want Frankel to race in those races is all of us who have watched him dominate everything he does. Do you really think any trainers for horses in the ARC or BC want Frankel there? I think Baffert, Pletcher, and the Likes would pull out horses in the race Frankel entered. I wish I wish I wish he would run here in the states once, but my only hope is he isn't ready to retire after the year and the race him at Dubai or something. I am selfish, and just want to see him race more anywhere to tell the truth!
Like most, I feel like the 10 to 10-1/2f question got answered at York. It would've awesome to see Frankel put that greatness on display at 12f at Longchamp in the Arc De Triomphe. Nathaniel, Cirrus Des Aigles, or any other horse that runs against Frankel at 10f at Ascot in the Champion Stakes will play second fiddle that day, IMO. You can bet the farm the Champion Stakes will also be Frankel's final race of his career. He will not come to Santa Anita in November for the Breeders Cup. IMO, he'll win the G1 Champion Stakes in October and be retired unbeaten within a few days after the race.
Also think for now I'll just stick to the races on my side of the pond ;-)
Thanks Candice, I read it incorrectly in the Wiki...anyways lets hope C wins the ST Ledger it!
It takes great aability and LUCK to win both the Arc and the K Derby...They know that as much as we do. Trainers, the good ones, are aking to boxing amnagers: they find the situations that make their horse look good.

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