Race of the Week 2017

Frankel Looms Large in St James's Palace


Juddmonte Farms’ Frankel was among 13 early entries for the Gr1 St James's Palace Stakes, co-feature on opening day of Royal Ascot, which runs from Tuesday, June 14 through Saturday, June 18.


The ease with which Frankel crushed the opposition in his most recent start, the Gr1 2000 Guineas at Newmarket (UK) in late April, will ensure he is sent off an overwhelming Royal Ascot favorite. British bookmakers are quoting odds as short as 1-4 for the homebred son of Galileo to take his winning streak to seven on Tuesday.


Reports of Frankel's outrageous performances during morning workouts are nothing new but he looked in typically powerful shape when pulling a couple of lengths clear of workmates on Wednesday. Trainer Henry Cecil sent his unbeaten colt to the Watered Gallop on Newmarket Racecourse Side to exercise with his usual lead horse, Bullet Train.


Named in honor of the late Bobby Frankel, Juddmonte’s trainer in the USA, Frankel (the horse) will again be challenged by Dubawi Gold in the St James's Palace (Ascot Race 3; post time 10:45 am EDT).


Dubawi Gold got closest to Frankel at Newmarket, some six lengths adrift, before trainer Richard Hannon shipped to The Curragh seeking compensation in the Irish 2000 Guineas. Under a hold-up ride from Richard Hughes, he was unable to reel in Roderic O'Connor.


Tim Jones, racing manager for Dubawi Gold's owner Andrew Tinkler, said: "The St James's Palace has always been in our minds as the next step, and the only other option for three-year-olds over a mile for a long time is the Prix Jean Prat [in France] in early July.


"So weighing up the pros and cons, we couldn't see any reason to sidestep the St James's Palace.


"He came out of the Irish Guineas in good order and seems tremendously well. Mentally he has really grown up."


Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O'Brien, who won the Irish Classic with Roderic O'Connor, relies on Alexander Pope and Zoffany.


Richard Fahey is keen to give star two-year-old Wootton Bassett another chance after he could only finish fifth in the French 2000 Guineas.


Marco Botti has entered his German 2000 Guineas winner Excelebration, who was second to Frankel in the Gr3 Greenham Stakes at Newbury in mid-April.


Grand Prix Boss represents Japan while Temps Au Temps is the sole French entry.


The William Haggas-trained Fury, Godolphin's Neebras, Barry Hills’ Rerouted, David Simcock's Dream Ahead and Tazahum from Sir Michael Stoute's stable complete the list of acceptors for the St James Palace. Final entries will be drawn Sunday, June 12.




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I remember when Giant's Causeway came to the 2000 BC Classic, first time to run on dirt. Ran a champion race in a close losing effort to Tiznow. A friend of mine mentioned prior to the race that he was going with GC & Tiznow, stating that although it was GC's first effort on dirt, he was on the extreme outside, and he wouldn't have any dirt kicked in his face. Maybe Frankel can draw the outside, and not be fazed.
Ya it will be interesting to see. Or Canford, goldi, frankel, gio ponti mile would be great!! Hope they do stay sound for sure!
  • xMystix · Listing all those horses, the Breeders Cup Mile looks to be a goldmine of impeccable talent :). I've never been more excited about the Mile since Artie Schiller won it back in 2005. · 2353 days ago
One thing is Ive heard people upset about Frankels rating.I dont think he is a top 10 horse yet. I agreed 47 is too low but he is still learning the game
Enbarassing that he is ranked just 47th here.....come on folks
  • xMystix · Agreed. At the very least, he should be in the top 15, but I'm just being very conservative here as I haven't looked at the other competition. · 2353 days ago
Agreed, although, Frankel is also bred for the distance, being sired by Galileo. He just needs to learn how to relax and not use that burst up in the middle of the race. Whether he or Animal Kingdom could beat each other would be interesting as one has mostly raced on dirt (though, Animal Kingdom clearly, by pedigree, would relish the turf) and the other has raced on turf (whether Frankel could race and win on dirt remains to be seen). Frankel vs Animal Kingdom, though? That will most definitely add intrigue to this year's Breeders Cup if both horses show up at the same dance ;). I just sure hope that both will remain sound and safe so that they can dance their dance in the fall.
  • xMystix · Oops! Sorry, made an error in my post here. Animal Kingdom has run on all three surfaces, but only won on two of them. He hasn't won on turf, but his pedigree definitely suggests otherwise, that he has a very good chance of being a good turfer, too. But as far as racing in highly graded stakes races, he has raced only on dirt. I would love to see more of his versatility both on dirt and turf this year if he gets the chance :). · 2353 days ago
Not the greatest performance.. Id take Animal Kingdom at anything over a mile,
I can't wait to see this tomorrow! I'm so exited =D!

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