08/01/2012 12:48PM

Frankel stays unbeaten by cruising in Sussex


Pick your laudatory adjective – breathtaking, awesome, dominating – and simply type it into the blank space in front of the name of the racehorse, Frankel. The ecstatic roar of praise for Frankel has become nearly as rote as his wins, the latest of which came Wednesday at Goodwood, where, it could be said, Frankel turned in another breathtaking performance, scoring an awesome six-length win in yet another dominant Group 1 triumph, this in the Sussex Stakes.

That Frankel’s a special horse is beyond doubt. His second straight Sussex win came just as easily as his first two tallies of 2012, and Frankel now has won all 12 of his starts over three calendar years. But Frankel continues to boss around overmatched opponents in a mile division he has come to rule.

He had just three opponents in the one-mile Sussex, and one of them, Bullet Train, served as Frankel’s rabbit. Bullet Train jumped to the lead out of the gate as Frankel fell in just behind, while the other two, Farhh and Gabrial, ran third and fourth as the quartet went single file round the Sussex’s one bend. About three furlongs from the finish, jockey Tom Queally edged Frankel out for clear running, and by the quarter-mile mark the pair had shaken loose. Frankie Dettori, on second-favorite Farhh, was pumping mightily on the reins as Queally sat nearly still, the mount beneath him drawing clear using his typically overwhelming acceleration. Victory never seemed in doubt, and Frankel was geared down as he crossed the finish, stopping the timer in 1:37.56 while racing on good turf. Runner-up Farrh had 3 1/4 lengths on Gabrial, with Bullet Train dropping to last.

“He’s an unbelievable horse,” said Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for owner-breeder Juddmonte Farms, who stood in Wednesday for trainer Henry Cecil, who stayed home because of health concerns. “He’s much more mature mentally and physically.”

And now, finally, Frankel is set to face a new challenge, with his next start scheduled for Aug. 22 at York in the Group 1 Juddmonte International. That race is contested at a little more than 1 1/4 miles and will be Frankel’s first try at a distance longer than one mile.

“I think it’s hugely exciting that he’s going to step up in trip,” Grimthorpe said. “It’s a new challenge for him and it’s what everybody wants to see him do, and he’s ready to do it.”

Grimthorpe said the 1 1/4-mile Champion Stakes at Ascot on Oct. 20 also was part of the plan for Frankel, but that the 4-year-old Galileo colt might also be considered for the Prix du Moulin on Sept. 16 at Longchamp. Cecil has all year downplayed the possibility of bringing Frankel to Santa Anita for a Breeders’ Cup race this fall.

◗ The Group 2 King George Stakes, a five-furlong dash led by the Australian mare Ortensia, is the highest-class race on Goodwood’s seven-race program Friday.

Lenny Mamola More than 1 year ago
Frankel no doubt ..is a racehorse of quality ..but untill he beats an Arc field or a B/C field he will be denied true ................... I say.................. True greatness..If ...your in the racing game and if I am the owner or you are the owner this is what we would do
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why did they move British Champions Day to Oct. 20? That pretty much ensures that none of those horse will be in the Arc or Breeders Cup as Oct. 20 is only two weeks after the Arc and 2 weeks before the Breeders Cup. Bad timing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Frankels owners are about as interested in him running in the Classic as any American owner you want to name is about running in the Arc. The Breeders Cup isn't the goal of European trainers and owners. They care as much about winning our biggest year end event as we do about winning theirs. Stop acting like every country should aim for the Breeders Cup. Frankel should however run in the Arc. He already missed the Epsom Derby. He needs to win the Arc to be an all time great. Right now I'd take Sea the Stars over Frankel as far as recent Euro's go. I think Brigadier Gerard was the best. He won at all distances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He needs to win a Grade 1, 1 1/2 mile turf race in Europe or the Breeders Cup Classic to get everyone's respect. He'd win on Santa Anita's old pro-ride track by 10 lengths if they still had it. Just look what Euro 'milers' Ravens Pass and Henrythenavigator did. Neither had raced beyond a mile in their life and they ran 1-2. He needs to run in the Arc really. I can understand no Breeders Cup but he must try the Arc.
Dan Cronin More than 1 year ago
Cant crown a horse that ducks every decent horse. He ran against 2 horses? And both were bums. Why no Arc? What am I missing? I know his people are scared of getting exposed. No Arc no greatness in my book, unless he comes to BC and wins turf or classic.
Jack More than 1 year ago
You will never see him here,turf or classic. They would love to get him to Dubai next year as well,wont happen. He's done at the end of 2012 for $160 million syndication(rumoured). Not sure about that number,seems high in todays market, but anyway hes done this year
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
160 is chump change for his peeps. The decision is theirs of course but if they go to using adolescents for stallions then their crops will become as fragile as has happened elsewhere.
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Paul_Tuon More than 1 year ago
Couldn't agree with you more, retiring him at the end of his 4yo is ridiculous for an owner that doen't need the money. But mo matter you and I and everybody else scream about this issue, the owner doesn't give a damn. Do I expect them to listen to you and me, the answer is absolutely no. But I wish they do, though.
Jack More than 1 year ago
heres one article , by current pounds to US dollars its $155 million and this was after his 8th win ! His covering fee is now expected to be 200k after this latest win. The formidable Frankel has become the first racehorse in the world to be given a stud value of a staggering £100million! The three year old bay colt has won all eight of his flat races since his career began in August 2010 and is the hot favourite for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Sautday 15th October. The incredible valuation, which is said to be 'conservative', takes into account his unrivalled success on the track and the fact his 'covering' fee (the price charged for him to perform his stallion duties with a mare) is, according to 'bloodstock' experts, expected to be an astonishing £100,000-a-time!
nicola c More than 1 year ago
that was a nice workout today roll on the juddmonte and watch him smash them there too, a mile and a quarter no probs, i will take some of that 1/4 now while its available.
Eric Rickard More than 1 year ago
It is just nice to watch him run. Call me corny, but I love watching him run. Just like I loved watching Black Caviar, Zenyatta, Best Pal, A.P. Indy, Skip Away, Cigar, John Henry, Point Given, Sunday Silence. This is what racing is about; The Horses!
Perl More than 1 year ago
His connections are wussies, plain and simple.
heelman67 More than 1 year ago
Not one american turf horse could come close to him. Daniel you have no idea what your talking about.
Daniel Peters More than 1 year ago
llllllllllllllllllllllllet him face some American horses... Enough said..
Jack More than 1 year ago
which ones ? Acclamation ? He would crush any american turf horse racing now. The Euros routinely send their 2nd and 3rd stringers over here to dominate Breeders cup races
therealdubwhite More than 1 year ago
I agree, other than Goldi and So You Think its common knowledge that the Euros send their 3rd strngers over, Cape Blanco struggled over in Europe and was shipped over and Scared off the supposed best that the US has to offer in Acclamation, instead of taking on the European group 3 horse in America's top races, they played in the allowance quality cali races worth on average $200k. That pretty much says it all right there, Man O War, Arlington Million, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, and where was Acclamation. Hiding like another horse that was too scared to leave Cali more than 3 times in a 20 race career.
Bsb Jaws More than 1 year ago
Cali is in South America . You don't know anymore about horses than you do geography you Twittering Twit
Bsb Jaws More than 1 year ago
She sure did beat hell out of your JCGC winners, Belmont winners, Travers winners ,Beldame winners, Derby winners . You're The real dumb white alright .
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
I agree Daniel, however the mile and 1/4 against more than just his rabbit would tend to convince me more...
Robert Walton More than 1 year ago
No, not enough said. I will therefore add--he would demolish them. Also, as hard as it is to believe, he will be as good or better the longer he goes.
Jack More than 1 year ago
Agreed,he is bred to go long. I just wish,assuming he wins the Juddmonte,that the connections would try the Arc but that wont happen.
Elizabeth More than 1 year ago
Don't know about that, but calling Godikova a 2nd or 3rd stringer as implied by an earlier post is insulting. Frankel has yet to match her all time record for most Group/Grade 1 races won that stands at 14. I honestly don't think we have a turf horse that could beat him on the up and up right now. Will continue to watch Silver Max though.
Jack More than 1 year ago
Never said they didnt send their best,just said their 2nd and 3rd stringers came and still won
therealdubwhite More than 1 year ago
Ok well other than Goldikova what first stringers came over. Zarkava - Nope Canford Cliffs - Nope Sea of Stars - Nope Harbinger - Nope So if the top Group 1 horses, that implying plural dont come over for the BC. What would be the point of that message? BTW, Frankel would dismantle Silver Max and Acclamation without breaking out of a high gallop.
Bsb Jaws More than 1 year ago
Sea of Stars .LOL. Try Sea THE Stars cornholio.
Bsb Jaws More than 1 year ago
Silver Max ! hehehe.