Updated on 10/23/2012 12:16PM

Frankel getting set for second career as stallion


As far as Frankel knows, nothing is yet fundamentally altered in his life. Sunday, the day after his career-ending victory in the Champion Stakes, win No. 14 without a defeat, Frankel was back in his stall at trainer Henry Cecil’s Warren Place stables in Newmarket, and there he will stay for the next several days.

Unbeknownst to the animal being hailed as one of the great racehorses of all time, this is no break before serious work for the next race begins. This is the end of one phase of life, with Frankel scheduled to be moved to Juddmonte Farms’s Banstead Manor Stud in about a week, Juddmonte racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said Sunday.

There, Frankel will be let down from racing shape and schooled in the life of a stallion, and if all goes well, Frankel-sired 2-year-olds will be flitting about the heath in 2016.

Frankel’s 1 3/4-length Champion Stakes win Saturday wasn’t nearly as dominant as his previous victories this year, but with soft, tiring turf beneath him, the Champion was unlikely to produce a tour de force such as Frankel’s 11-length win over Excelebration in the Queen Anne Stakes this past summer. English ratings systems responded accordingly: The Racing Post gave Frankel a 136+ for his career finale compared with 143 in the Queen Anne and the Juddmonte International. Timeform pegged his performance at 139, well off its best Frankel mark of 147 in the Queen Anne. The British Horseracing Authority ratings for this past weekend weren’t available Monday.

Cirrus des Aigles, the gelding who finished second to Frankel in the Champion, could ship to Hong Kong and run next in the Dec. 9 Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin, according to his trainer, Corine Barande-Barbe. Cirrus des Aigles shipped and impressively won the Sheema Classic in Dubai this past winter but has experienced less success in three previous trips to Hong Kong, finishing fifth in the 2009 Hong Kong Vase and seventh and fifth in the Hong Kong Cup the last two years.

◗ Godolphin announced Sunday that jockey Frankie Dettori would no longer ride on retainer for the powerful Dubai-based operation in 2013. Dettori, who turns 42 in December, has been the principal jockey for Sheikh Mohammed bin Maktoum al Rashid’s racing stable for 18 years. The split was said to have been mutually agreed upon.