07/28/2012 2:11PM

Goodwood meet begins; Frankel to run in Wednesday's Sussex

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Frankel, with Tom Queally riding, wins the Queen Anne stakes at Royal Ascot.

Chachamaidee, a 5-year-old mare who was second in the Group 2 Windsor Forest Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, can win the most prestigious race of her career in Tuesday’s Group 2 Lennox Stakes at Goodwood Racecourse in England.

Tuesday’s program is the first day of the track’s famous five-day Glorious Goodwood summer meeting. The focus of the week will be Frankel’s appearance in Wednesday’s Group 1 Sussex Stakes over a mile, a race he won in 2011. Frankel is unbeaten in 11 starts.

Chachamaidee is trained by Sir Henry Cecil, who also trains Frankel.

Chachamaidee won the Group 3 Oak Tree Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last year, but has never won a race at the Group 2 level. The Lennox Stakes is run over seven furlongs and has drawn a field of 13.

Other leading contenders are Libranno, the winner of the Criterion Stakes at Newmarket in June; and Aljamaaheer, who was third in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

Strong Suit, who finished 10th in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs last November, is the defending champion of the Lennox Stakes, but is an outsider on Tuesday.

A 4-year-old Arkansas-bred colt by Rahy, Strong Suit is winless in two starts this year, finishing 10th behind Frankel in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in June and eighth in the Group 1 July Cup on very heavy ground at Newmarket earlier this month.

York: Sri Putra upsets

In Saturday’s Group 2 York Stakes at York Racecourse, Sri Putra, a

12-1 outsider, upset 9-4 favorite Afsare by a neck in a race over 1 5/16 miles.

Sri Putra was ridden by Neil Callan for trainer Roger Varian. Afsare drifted to the outside with a furlong remaining and then back to the inside rail and was beaten in the final strides.

Sri Putra, a 6-year-old horse by Oasis Dream, was seventh behind Nathaniel in the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park earlier this month. The York Stakes was Sri Putra’s first win in a Group 2 since the Prix Guillaume d’Ornaro at Deauville, France, in August 2009.

chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Gotta wonder what Sir Henry's latest thoughts are regarding the Breeders Cup - - - Classic Turf... He's just a miler so far.
Paul_Tuon More than 1 year ago
From my understanding, Sir Henry and owner have said all along the BC Turf or Mile iwas not nor will not be on Frankel's plan. No matter what he does from here on to his retirement, he won't come to the U.S. This is well -understood a long time ago. I know everybody is dying of seeing Frankel in one of the BC races, but the fact of the matter is that his connections have no desire to come to the U.S.