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Breeders' Cup 2017

Can Frankel Beat the Big Boys?

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)
FRANKEL is going to find life significantly more difficult against the "big boys" in the eagerly anticipated Qipco Sussex Stakes, according to connections of last year's winner, Canford Cliffs, who goes for a repeat.

Frankel has carried all before him in his seven starts against his contemporaries, including a magnificent front-running win in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas, and is disputing favouritism for the 1m Group 1 Sussex Stakes with the year older Canford Cliffs.


However, Richard Hannon jnr, assistant trainer to his father, believes Frankel will be vulnerable when he faces the older horses for the first time.

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I don't know about you guys but I'm backing up the fact that Frankel is the best turf miler in the world sure he's going to face the third best miler in the world but I feel superb about Frankel's chances in the sussex!!!!!
  • medlocke · @Jerry12929, Not sure how you figure that Canford Cliffs is the 3rd best miler in the world? Given the ease in which he defeated Goldikova at Ascot in the Queen Anne Stakes, and given he's won 5 straight major G1 races over a mile on turf in the UK? · 2285 days ago
For the record, I think Frankel is an incredible horse!! Very freakish in nature, and he makes some of the other very talented 3yr.old's in Europe look very ordinary. That said, among those 3yr.old's, I don't believe that Frankel has faced a horse with anywhere near the level of speed and tactical ability that Canford Cliffs has. It's no accident that Canford Cliffs beat Goldikova in this year's Queen Anne Stakes, and it's also no accident that Canford Cliffs has reeled off 5 straight major G1 win's at a mile on turf. He'll be very hard for Frankel to try and beat in the Sussex Stakes, IMO.
Real tough call.. arguments for both.. Can he beat the big boys? Canford Cliffs is tough... so tough. I have not seen the rest of the field. I will take... hmmmmm it s close, but I hope Frankel keeps the unbeaten streak alive... I would not bet my house on it.. but that is my choice. Good luck to both horses.
I will agree with horsisars win or lose still have respect for Frankel and his team. But for the record i do believe he will lose.
Regardless of the outcome.. I salute these two horses and there connections.. just for making this happen. It is a race we all want to see and far to often horses, or more like owners duck. Right on Frankel and Right on Canford Cliffs.

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