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Breeders' Cup 2017

Breeders' Cup not likely for Frankel

Sir Henry Cecil has mapped out a plan for Frankel, officially rated the world's best Flat horse, which will include a step up in trip to 1m2f, but is unlikely to feature a trip to the States for the Breeders' Cup at the end of the year.

Cecil, who trains the brilliant Galileo colt for Khalid Abdullah, attended a press conference at Sandown on Monday in which he confirmed the JLT Lockinge Stakes over 1m at Newbury on May 19 as the starting point for the horse who lit up last year's Flat season.

Frankel's final appearance would likely be the Qipco Champion Stakes or the same day's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot in October, with Cecil not convinced about the Breeders' Cup.

"The Breeders' Cup is not ruled out completely," said Cecil, who revealed the seven-year-old Twice Over remains in training this term.  Read More


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Frankel was Juddmonte's trainer in the US. They thought the horse would be special and wanted to honor their former trainer.
Why name a horse for an American trainer then never run him in the United States?
I'm pretty sure this is his last year racing. Sir Henry also said that there would be nothing gained by sending him to the BC since he was going to be standing stud in Europe.
spot on footlick
IMO if Frankel doesnt win at 10F this year it will hurt his legacy.
  • ILuvTurfRacing · @timgsmith10, I suspect the Juddmonte team will likely only work up the nerve to gamble Frankel's unbeaten record in a 10f race only one time? And I don't think that will even happen if he were to run below what expectations are for him in his 2012 seasonal debut at Newbury. Which will be the G1 Lockinge Stakes over a mile in May. I saw a clip of a short interview with Sir Henry Cecil on the Racing Post web-site a couple of month's ago, and Cecil indicated that the G1 Prince of Wales's Stakes is the first possibility of a 10f start for him at the Ascot meeting in June? But Cecil went on to say the G1 Queen Anne Stakes at a mile at that same meeting was probably the more likely target. Cecil also keyed in on the G1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown in early July, and the G1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York in August as other possible 10f G1 targets in 2012? · 2026 days ago
If Sir Henry Cecil and Prince Khalid Abdullah don't send Frankel stateside for the Breeders Cup in 2012? Then he'll never race in America at all. Because I strongly suspect that 2012 will be the final season of Frankel's career. Especially if he just continues to maul the competition in Europe the way he did during his 3yr.old campaign in 2011? His stud value will simply be off the charts with another dominate season. Not that it's not already off the charts, anyway? But just can't see Prince Khalid Abdullah and Juddmonte risking anything beyond one more season that could effect that? But TJMO.
Europe celebrates their milers. We do not.
There have been a few top European horses come over for the Breedeers Cup, Miesque, Dancing Brave, etc. but if we want the top Europeans the purse for the Turf and Mile need to be increased. Why not eliminate a few of the 2 year old races, the 2 year old sprint for example and increase the Turf purses.
Miler course in the Uk are completely froreign with crazy turns and up hill stretches....It would require a long term adaptation....Goodwood alone is a course for horse.
Stylish brow band.
Gio Ponti aside, have there been other successful milers from the US to travel abroad? If Frankel wont come to us, I would like to see ours go face him (however unlikely...its still fun to dream)
He'll be facing world class competition in the Lockinge!
@ajmindiola- He will be facing better horses in Europe than he ever will in the BC. Sir Henry said as long as he is relaxed and his mind is right they will stretch him out to 10 furlongs. euro analysts feel if he does that successfully they may try him in the Arc.
If your not willing to face the best in the biggest race then you cant call yourself the best!
I'm just glad we'll at least get to see him on TV. I wouldn't have blamed them if they had retired Frankel after his 3yo season.

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