Updated on 05/19/2012 11:44AM

England: Frankel crushes in Lockinge at Newbury

Email

When an elite racehorse suffers any kind of injury, one immediately wonders if he has raced for the last time, a situation doubly true when a horse has never lost. So, when news came that Frankel had rapped the tendon on a foreleg while training in April toward his 2012 debut, it was fair to consider the chance the colt would never start again.

But 4-year-old Frankel has made it back, and from the look of the J.T. Lockinge Stakes on Saturday at Newbury in England, he is just as good as ever.

Despite missing 12 days of training with what turned out to be a fairly superficial injury, Frankel was on his game in the one-mile Lockinge. Pulling slightly more than desirable in the early stages of the straight-course mile, he nevertheless let jockey Tom Queally rate him behind stablemate and pacemaker Bullet Train for the first six furlongs of the Lockinge. And when, about two furlongs from the finish, Queally said ‘Okay,’ Frankel made short work of the race.

Getting low to the ground and stretching out with powerful strides, Frankel quickly opened a clear lead in the final quarter-mile. The Group 1 winner Excelebration had shadowed Frankel’s every move, but he had no answer for Frankel’s acceleration. Frankel beat him by five lengths to run his career record to 10 wins – six in Group 1 competition – without a loss. Dubawi Gold rallied from last to get third. Strong Suit, who wants firmer turf than the good-to-soft going found Saturday at Newbury, was scratched. Time for the mile was 1:38.14.

Frankel, a Galileo colt bred and owned by the Juddmonte Farms of Khalid Abdullah, has twice been a champion, and odds as low as 3-5 are being offered by English betting houses on Frankel completing his career without a loss. There seems to be no horse in the Western Hemisphere who can challenge him over one mile on turf. Black Caviar, the unbeaten Australian sensation, is scheduled to race in England next month, but she has so far been more sprinter than miler. To find any sort of challenge, Frankel, who has never raced beyond one mile, will need to step up in distance, something his connections have said is in the cards this season. But that distance test might not come right away. Frankel is expected to start next month at Royal Ascot, but could wind up in the one-mile Queen Anne rather than the 1 1/4-mile Prince of Wales’s Stakes.

Arnie More than 1 year ago
I cannot wait to see this potential superstar compete in the Breeders' Cup mile!
pstuon More than 1 year ago
According to sir Henry Cecil, the racing manager of Juddmonte Farms, Frankel is likely to stay at 1 mile race at least until Royal Ascot, and then he could step up to 1 1/4m in the Coral-Eclipse on July 7 or the Juddmonte International on August 22. So Frankel's long term goal is to stretch out and see if he can handle longer distances. I see no problem at all for this son of Galeilo and if he wins convincingly in longer races, he won't come to the BC Mile but rather the Turf Classic instead. Either race would be an exciting race to watch with Frankel in. lol!!!
Douglas Rutherford More than 1 year ago
My friend : Keep Dreamn , because it isnt going to happen . The connections WILL NOT tempt to bring Frankel to the United States . Not that they are affraid to , because the connections dont have the desire too . Our racing connections in the United States are too crooked . We need to clean up our drug policy before anything like this will ever happen , or a purse of 15 Million Pluss
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
He comes, he sees, he wins any place he's entered.
Kevin More than 1 year ago
Alas, if only the British and Europeans would institute universal sectional timing and thus, open themselves to the bulk of the U.S. market. They've already got the "going stick"--couple that with some sectional times and one might be inclined to dabble.
pstuon More than 1 year ago
I agree, European and Australian racing are still in the "stone age" and will stay in the stone age for a long time to come. It is very sad that they don't think that technology can offer their fans better experience. To be honest, here in the US they still haven't caught up to the technology speed either. They are not ahead of the European or Australian by much--they still need to do more though. One technology that comes to mind is the Trakus system where real accurate sectional times are tracked and captured as is done for a small number of tracks. Need an industrywise adoption of the Trakus technololgy. lol!!
Dave Schuler More than 1 year ago
Frankel +caviar+ANY one of five from the USA==we have the (best in the world-lolk
Kevin More than 1 year ago
Sea the stars...Now THAT was a Champion. Black Caviar seems to be a bonifide "freak" , as well...the genuine article. Has she come from "down under" to compete yet? I stopped following after a while.
Kevin More than 1 year ago
Agreed, I tried following "International" form for a year, or so, and just gave up. Time isn't the end all, but it does offer that single objective starting point from which one can begin. While "who beat whom, and under what conditions" type "form study" might be adequate for win betting, how can a bettor possibly hope to engage in exotics, say a trifecta, without an idea of each horse's pace preferences and capabilities? While I find the recording and reporting of dirt pace times sufficient in the U.S. (especially since they've begun reporting the run-ups) I find the handling of sectional timing of turf races to be woefully inadequate. We can use the gravity of Mars to sling-shot a probe onto an intercept route with an asteroid halfway across the galaxy but we can't accurately time a turf race if somebody moves the little plastic rails...come on? I do wish we'd adopt that "going stick" and the detailed reporting of turf course conditions that the British provide for their "punters", though.