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England: Frankel faces only three in Sussex Stakes at Goodwood
By Marcus Hersh
It was in the 2011 Sussex Stakes that Frankel was supposed to face his greatest challenge. Frankel was 3 then, and the older horse Canford Cliffs was in royal form, having just comfortably beaten Goldikova. But that showdown turned into a letdown, as Frankel dashed away from Canford Cliffs like a deer racing a woodchuck, winning by five lengths and sending Canford Cliffs into retirement.
A similar result will be widely anticipated Wednesday at Goodwood in the 2012 Sussex, where Frankel will be overwhelmingly favored to defeat just three foes.
Besides Frankel, the Group 1 Sussex, a mile around one bend, includes Bullet Train, who is Frankel’s brother, stablemate, and pacesetter; Farhh, a solid performer who is rated close to 20 pounds below Frankel by international handicappers; and Gabrial, who never has won a race of any real import.
Frankel has won all 11 of his starts, winning his two races this year at age 4 by 16 lengths combined, and he will have little to gain and everything to lose in the Sussex, where a victory has become all but a foregone conclusion.
Since an injury scare during his comeback preparations this spring, Frankel has done nothing to suggest he doesn’t deserve his ranking as the world’s best horse. After beating Excelebration by five lengths in the J.T. Lockinge Stakes, his first start of the season, Frankel handed that same rival an 11-length defeat in the June 19 Queen Anne at Royal Ascot.
“Everything has gone as we could have wished with Frankel since the Queen Anne Stakes,” trainer Henry Cecil said on his website. “We gave him an easy time immediately after Royal Ascot before bringing him back into fast work.”
Cecil, who has fought cancer in the past, said he wouldn’t attend Wednesday’s race because he has been “undergoing some treatment.” Cecil said he is well enough to train his horses but is “not quite racing fit.”
Godolphin’s Farhh will be turning back to one mile after finishing second to Nathaniel and third behind So You Think in longer Group 1 races his last two starts. Farhh is 3 for 3 at one mile and shorter while never facing anything close to the likes of Frankel in those wins.
Black Caviar’s return uncertain
Black Caviar won’t race during the spring season – the fall in the Northern Hemisphere – in Australia, trainer Peter Moody has announced, and a decision on whether the undefeated mare will be retired or start again in the fall won’t be reached for a couple months.
Black Caviar, a winner in all 22 of her starts, has recovered from the muscle injuries she sustained while narrowly winning the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, Moody said, but could not properly be readied to race again in coming months, and will also bypass what had been considered a possible start in Hong Kong this December.
The owners raced Dancing Brave some two decades ago and got some experience. Why racing against stock that is fuelled, by race enhacers like lasix???
To quote a fine DRF analyst/columnist 'not much Frankel excitement today'. Let me ask, would it be more credible without the rabbit?
I find it a bit funny that on race day for him that I had to dig Frankels' story out of the back pages... Luck and safe trip to all.
4 horse field -- sounds like CA racing!
Two quick points. Fair or unfair Frankel will never be viewed as a "legend" (ie Spectacular Bid, Affirmed, and Seattle Slew) in North America until he races here in the US. The owners are being foolish. If he were to win a BC race he would probably bring the largest stud fee ever. Running in 3 horse fields is only keeping him fit. Black Caviar- Since the purses in Asia and Australia are so large it makes sense to keep a mare racing. Shes probably worth $2-3 million as a broodmare but she can easily win over $1 million by racing another year.
has he ever raced in a two-turn race in a large field? many grass races are won and lost on the turns when there are large fields. I don't know the answer to this question, not having seen all of his races, just curious.
Wow, Frankel's connections are really going for it with this colt.
Comparing Silver Max and Summer front to Frankel is BY FAR the stupidest post iIhave ever read on here. And there have been some real stupid ones.As for Acclamation,at least that is debatable,but since we'll never see it,just speculation. But seeing the EASY dominance of Euro turfers vs. U.S counterparts....
Wait a minute people. There is another turf horse that nobody wants to run against and his name is Acclamation . He can go 10 f in sub 2:00 & 12 f in sub 2:25 & he ain't as easy to pass as Bullet Train is by any means. :-) As far as being the Best Miler Ever goes , Horses like Swaps & Dr. Fager might not agree with that. Spectacular Bid was 24 for 24 between 7f & 10 F almost all of them in graded stakes. He REALLY did have a race by himself. Those guys really did set world records. Not speculated records with calculated adjustments made for tilt of ground. Horses can only run so fast and thats it. That 31 change last 3/8ths was speculation.They admitted that. Lets see him go 31 change last 3/8ths on flat firm ground around 2 turns even going a mile. He isn't going to beat Acclamation going 10-12f if he can't pick his feet up at the beginning a hell of a lot more than he does so far. His early fractions would be so far behind Acclamation that it wouldn't matter if he could run the last part in 31 change. Which he couldn't do especially around 3 bends ! Acclamation is a rabbit that don't stop !!! He runs racehorse times and he comes home in 24 or less like clockwork. Frankels rabbit ain't gettin' anywhere near Acclamation and even if he could Acclamation would dust him off just like he dusted the Dude or use him for his own rabbit. Frankel is good buttZ... until he beats Acclamation he's 2nd best. Now,for whoever was mentioning Silver Max & Summer Front lets not get premature. Those guys just ain't ready for the likes of Frankel yet, if ever. Siver Max is a good horse buttZ.. he doesn't deserve to be included in Frankel's league until he does a hell of a lot more than he's done so far.
Well, it seems that Frankel has sooo out classed his rivals that, they won't dare get into the gate with him. He is one fabulous colt. Like many of the commenters on here, I would love to see what he really has. Meaning, how far can he carry that high cruising speed and turn of foot. I do recall, somewhere, bloodhorse or something that Cecil said that he is going to stretch him out sometime this year. Man, I would love to see that! As far as Nelly, whatever they choose to do with her, it will be for her best interest. However, it is was up to me, I would retire her. She's got nothing else to prove.
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