08/20/2012 2:26PM

Europe: Frankel going beyond a mile in Juddmonte International Stakes

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Martin Lynch/Racing Post
Frankel will stretch out to 1 5/16 miles in the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York.

For all he has accomplished in his unbeaten 12-race career, Frankel has only run two distances – seven furlongs and a mile.

That will change Wednesday, when the 4-year-old Frankel starts at a middle distance for the first time in the Group 1, 1 5/16-mile Juddmonte International Stakes at York, England.

While the distance may be different, other trends are the same: Frankel will be a very heavy favorite. As of Monday, Frankel was 1-8 with British bookmakers to win the Juddmonte. The race is sponsored by Khalid Abdullah, the owner of Juddmonte Farms and the owner of Frankel.

Trained by Sir Henry Cecil, Frankel has raced a mile in his last seven starts, all Group 1 wins. This year, he has made three starts, winning the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in May, the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, and the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood on Aug. 1.

In the Sussex, Frankel was the 1-20 favorite and faced just three rivals. He stalked a stablemate who set the pace for the first five furlongs, took the lead with a quarter-mile remaining, and won by six lengths with ease.

“He has grown up a lot mentally and took it all like a true professional,” Cecil said on his website after the Sussex. “The idea was to be as easy as we could with him as it was a warm-up to the Juddmonte International at York.”

Already considered one of history’s finest milers, Frankel will merit respect among Europe’s middle-distance runners should he live up to expectations in the Juddmonte. Tom Queally, Frankel’s regular rider, has the mount Wednesday.

The Juddmonte will be Frankel’s first start at York.

Cecil has three starters in the Juddmonte, including pacesetter Bullet Train and multiple stakes winner Twice Over, who was third in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita. Farhh, second in the Sussex Stakes, and St Nicholas Abbey, winner of the BC Turf at Churchill Downs last fall, also are part of a field of nine.

St Nicholas Abbey, trained by Aidan O’Brien, is the biggest threat to Frankel. A 5-year-old, he won the Group 1 Coronation Cup at Epsom in June and was third in the Grade 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot last month.

◗ Earlier on the York program, Noble Mission, Frankel’s 3-year-old full brother, starts in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes for 3-year-olds over 1 1/2 miles. The Great Voltigeur is a prep to the Group 1 St. Leger Stakes at Doncaster on Sept. 15.

Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a great race. He is THE one - dominant and still undefeated. None were close to him at the wire.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
I applaud.
Mine thatbird More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a performance.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Give credit where due. Frankel is the dominant horse to beat in any race. He hasn't lost one yet!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
People saying he needs to come to America to prove himself are wrong. Did Secretariat, Man O' War or Citation go oversees to prove themselves? Does that mean they aren't great? Europeans invented the sport and we copied it. Just like Americand invented basketball and Europe copied it. Think about European basketball fans saying LeBron must go to Europe and play to prove himself. That's what you sound like when you say Frankel must come to America to prove himself. If anything American horses should have to prove themselves in Europe, just like how European basketball players must prove themselves in America. Not many American horses prove themselves oversees.
Frank Altieri More than 1 year ago
To suggest that a horse that has not yet won beyond a mile is the greatest of all time is absurd. This is a wonderful and talented colt. But a cream puff campaign will never propel him above the likes of Ribot and Dr. Fager.
charming idiot More than 1 year ago
another dr fager fan. i consider him the best american horse at any distance from 5f to 10f. i'm convinced he could beat any horse that ever lived in a match race at any of those distances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fager, although a GREAT miler could win at longer distances. I'm pretty sure he won at 1 1/4 miles more than once.
charming idiot More than 1 year ago
that being said, frankel is a brilliant colt and perhaps the best miles in european history.
neigh sayer More than 1 year ago
Haven't heard anyone say greatest of all time yet. The general consensus is one of the best milers in history. And we're about to find out if he's even more than that. Hardly a cream puff campaign. His last seven races were all group 1's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've heard a lot of people say greatest of all time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
True. Imagine if people in America were claiming a horse who had never gone past a mile was the greatest ever. It wouldn't fly. I hope he goes in the Arc and proves himself as truely great.
neigh sayer More than 1 year ago
Well Frank, he just won at 1 5/16. He came from well off the pace, he moved to the lead on his own and won off with little encouragement trouncing the field. The horse that ran third won our breeders cup turf last year.
George More than 1 year ago
Seen him run on the television a few times and while he does look brilliant when running, if doesn't run across the pond and take on Americas best, he won't be "The Best Ever" in my mind!! Just my opinion, but come to Santa Anita for Breeders Cup and show us why we should call you "The Best"!
Eric Rickard More than 1 year ago
We do not have a race for him here. 1 and1/2 on turf would be the closest. Let us see how he runs at York for the first time . The new track and distance should pose a problem. If he wins, than he deserves the respect and admiration of all. I, for one , will be rooting!!
Carson Wiest More than 1 year ago
breeders cup turf mile?
Cheryl More than 1 year ago
but why does America have the right to claim that horses can only be declared the best if they run on US soil? At a time when US racing is becoming more and more isolated from the rest of the racing world you could argue the exact opposite were true. Others have already said on this very page that the best US Turf horses do not compare to the best European horses, so what is the point in running him in the US? He has a European pedigree, has raced solely on turf and will stand at stud in Europe. There is no logical reason to run him in the US.
Steven Simonovich More than 1 year ago
Sorry Cheryl. The United States has the biggest media outlets and the biggest stage is the Breeders Cup races. Send him over here to run against WISE DAN in the BC Mile. If he wins that, he will be an American favorite and an Icon. If he ducks the competition, he will fade off into oblivion and only western Europe will remember him.
Steven Simonovich More than 1 year ago
BTW, Goldikova is loved by Americans because she came over here and raced. She won 3 straight BC Mile races - Immortality!
neigh sayer More than 1 year ago
How is Frankel not coming over here ducking the competition? See if you can talk Wise Dan's connections to send him over there to run in the Juddmonte. Good luck with that.
Derek More than 1 year ago
absolute nonsense Steven. Whilst your firstvpointbmay be true, American turf racing rates a distant second to its dirt racing. The worlds most important turf races are the Derby and the arc de triomphe. It just so happens that frankel is brilliant at a mile and possibly will be every bit as good over further. We will see to some extent later today. There is no doubt he has produced some of the greatest mile performances in history....ratings prove that! Btw to put it into perspective for you, wise dan is rated at least 18 pounds inferior to frankel on pformances to date......tHats 9 lengths at a mile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Euro's don't care about the Breeders Cup as much as we think they should. They have their own races to win over there that have been around a lot longer than the Breeders Cup. He needs to run in the Arc though. Think if someone from Europe was sitting at his computer saying, 'well if Zenyatta is so good bring her for the Arc then.' Did Z have to go oversees to prove herself? Did Secretariat, Man O' War or Citation? Horses don't have to go oversees to be great.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
I'm picturing what 'Peb' may have done for this race,Top Hat and Tails for the Wabbit too?
David Voelker More than 1 year ago
1 & 5/16 mile is a lot further than one mile. 1-8 favorite under these circumstances. Don't cry when he looses.
Steven Simonovich More than 1 year ago
If he doesn't come to America for all to see, he will disappear from the casual observer just like Sea the Stars has.
Cheryl More than 1 year ago
Perhaps more horses from the US should consider travelling to Europe first. How many US Champions have ever travelled overseas? Running in the US alone does not a Champion make. Sea the Stars has yet to have any runners, so of course he will appear to have "disappeared" for a short time. However, any racing fan worth their salt will read racing news sources and follow bloodstock sales to find out how he is doing. He was creating headlines just this weekend with one of his sons topping the Arqana Yearling Sale in France, finishing the sale as leading sire with his 5 yearligns selling for an average of just over €400,000.
Steven Simonovich More than 1 year ago
I don't expect people from Ireland or England to know who Zenyatta or Ghostzapper is, however, I feel that the very best horses need to run in the Breeders Cup Classic or the Dubai World Cup. The Arc is a tremendous race but it, along with the Melbourne Cup, just doesn't stack up to the races I mentioned.
Cheryl More than 1 year ago
So only dirt/synthetic races count as the "World's Best". How very patronising!
Perl More than 1 year ago
There is no economic reason for American turf horses to go to Europe. They would get trounced and they can be much more competitive here. Seriously, who was the last great American turf horse? Lure? I mean, Gio Ponti was a very good horse, but he showed time and time again he was a cut below the best from Europe. As for Frankel, it would be nice if they sent this superstar to the US. But I applaud them for trying to stretch him out.
Steven Simonovich More than 1 year ago
English Channel was a tremendous Turf horse from America. Little Mike just crushed in the Arlington Million and Wise Dan is a freak on Turf. Wise Dan would give Frankel everything he can handle.
Perl More than 1 year ago
The horses you mention are all good, not great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just like Secretariat, Citation and Man O' War have disappeared from the minds of casual British horse racing fans. They all stayed in the U.S. their whole career. I guess they aren't great since they didn't go to Europe. The British invented the sport and we copied it. If anything Americans should have to go to Europe to prove themselves.