Updated on 06/22/2012 1:58PM

Royal Ascot: Frankel dominates Queen Anne Stakes

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Martin Lynch/Racing Post
Frankel pulls away to an 11-length romp in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Imagine the New York Yankees playing a semi-pro team from rural Wisconsin, and you will get an idea what Frankel is doing to the other milers who have dared face him in England.

Frankel started in the first race of the 2012 Royal Ascot season Tuesday, the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes, and quickly put his indelible stamp on the five-day meeting, storming to an 11-length victory over Excelebration. The Queen Anne probably was the best race of Frankel’s illustrious career and certainly ranks among the top one-mile performances seen anywhere in a long, long time. Timeform, the prominent English racing company, assigned Frankel a rating of 147, the highest in the company’s history, which dates to 1948.

“He’s just amazing,” jockey Tom Queally said in a post-race press conference.

Frankel has now won all 11 of his starts, seven at the Group 1 level, and his two wins this year at age 4 have appeared especially dominant. Excelebration, a Group 1 winner in his own right, has lost five times to Frankel, but never has been so thoroughly humbled as on Tuesday.

“It looks like he’s getting better,” Queally said. “I didn’t think it was possible, but he is.”

The World Thoroughbred Rankings already had Frankel pegged as the best horse on the planet before the Queen Anne, and it would be no surprise if his performance Tuesday improved his rating of 138. And now, as promised by his connections, the time appears ripe for Frankel to finally take at least a small step outside his firmly established comfort zone and try something new.

Plans for Frankel’s next start haven’t been firmly set, but the 1 1/4-mile Eclipse Stakes on July 7 at Sandown Park seems like the leading candidate. Frankel has yet to race beyond one mile, and despite his authoritative performances up to eight furlongs, there remains skepticism from some quarters concerning Frankel’s ability to translate his brilliance into longer races. Moreover, there are probably a handful of stronger 1 1/4-mile horses roaming Europe this year than milers, and Frankel could face somewhat sterner opposition.

Henry Cecil, who trains Frankel for owner-breeder Juddmonte Farms, attempted to let Frankel’s performance Tuesday speak for itself.

“He is a great horse, and you’ve seen him for yourself, so everybody can form their own opinion,” Cecil said.

Cecil said he felt more relief than anything at the Queen Anne result.

“There’s no such thing as a certainty,” he said.

What does seem increasingly certain is that Frankel will not cross the Atlantic. Cecil has steadily downplayed the possibility of Frankel racing in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup, and he threw more cold water on that idea Tuesday, calling Frankel’s participation “very unlikely.”

The Queen Anne outcome offered little suspense once Frankel, who had been racing in fourth position, came out of a pocket with about three furlongs left to run. Nudging Excelebration out of the way for a clear path, Frankel and Queally moved to take the lead, and while Excelebration counter-punched when attacked, a knockout blow soon landed, with Frankel taking a lead of several lengths to the furlong grounds and widening with every stride. The winning margin was Frankel’s largest since he captured a conditions race in the second start of his career in 2010. Time for the mile over good-to-soft going was 1:37.85. Excelebration finished a neck in front of Side Glance, with Indomito third.

Little Bridge wins King’s Stand

In other major Ascot races Tuesday, Hong Kong invader Little Bridge captured the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes over five furlongs, while Most Improved held off Hermival to win the Group 1 St. James’s Palace Stakes.

Little Bridge, a 6-year-old who never had won at the Group 1 level, became the second Hong Kong-based horse to win at Royal Ascot.

The St. James’s was marred by the fatal breakdown of The Nile, another Juddmonte runner. When The Nile went wrong at the top of the homestretch, he threw several horses off stride, including the favored Aidan O’Brien-trained runner, Power.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All you brit posters should be ashamed of yourselves with your negative comments.You do realise that we Americans invented horse racing and all your famous races are named after our founding fathers President Derby and President Oaks.I know this is true cos my history teacher in grade 10 told me so
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm American.South American not North American
Bsb Jaws More than 1 year ago
Did your daddy come through the pipeline from germany after the war ?
Bsb Jaws More than 1 year ago
You are british . Only limeZ spell realiZe -realise
Bsb Jaws More than 1 year ago
If you're South American shouldn't that be Dictator Derby & Cartel Oaks ? You are a terrible liar & should go back to 10th grade.
PeterG More than 1 year ago
Secretariat only ran in another country once and it was to Woodbine in Canada in his last race. Not exactly a long journey. Not sure about the quality of that field either. http://www.secretariat.com/past-performances/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beaten by an onion,should have seen the tears
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Secratariat went to Longchamp and beat their best winning the Arc by 10 lenghts I believe.I know this right because my history teacher in grade10 told me so
Bsb Jaws More than 1 year ago
You never had a history teacher in grade 10. You are obviously a grammer school drop out.
Eric Singer More than 1 year ago
I just watched the Ascot Gold Cup - in the US the winner would have come down. As Opinion Poll began to run by him, Dettori came out on him, not once but twice, almost knocking him sideways and certainly affecting his stride. Stewards have different rules to follow in the UK than here - they would have to feel sure the infraction cost the other horse the win. Here - the question would be could it have cost him the win - to my mind it certainly could.
PeterG More than 1 year ago
Don't agree with you. He did come over but it wasn't as bad as you're making it out to be. It was a smart move by Dettori, it got the horse to give a final surge to the wire.
Eric Singer More than 1 year ago
Hi Peter - we can agree to disagree - I thought the bumping completely impeded the other horse's momentum. I think a jock at average track would get days for a maneuver like that. yes it got a final surge because the other horse was thrown off. I am not saying they should have changed the result - I think it was consistent with Brittish racing rules - I just feel that if it was here the result would have been different - and again respect your opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Racing isn't great unless the betting is great . The betting can't be great unless the information is there to make it great.
t More than 1 year ago
imagine a hockey team from alaska playing the new york rangers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No imagine the NY rangers playing a hockey team from LA . LOL.
Chris Anthony More than 1 year ago
Time for Frankel to venture across the Pond. Looks good in the BC Turf Mile Maybe no can beat. How come he didn;t go to Dubai?
Perl More than 1 year ago
Because he is worth $50m+ as a sire and so his connections are coddling him and avoiding any real challenges. It would be too risky to send him to Dubai or the USA. The insurance would probably be through the roof. It's probably a business decision more than anything.
Robert Smith More than 1 year ago
Flying horses is a risky business.
Angela Smirkel More than 1 year ago
Perl15 hours ago Because he is worth $50m+ as a sire and so his connections are coddling him and avoiding any real challenges Your mother must have beat you real hard with the idiot stick
t More than 1 year ago
International Horse Racing > USA Horse Racing
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yea cos we got the patriot act in america So there!
Eric Singer More than 1 year ago
let's leave off the politics and WWII. Agreed there is great racing on both sides of the puddle. here's my thought - our NA horses cannot compete with the world's best on turf. however, our best dirt horses tend to be better than anyone else's dirt horses. if you move to synthetic it's a different story. all horses who can run without medication on race day - in my mind - are superior to horses who need lasix and bute to run - this seems kind of obvious. and a big reason we need to move toward this policy in the US to get our breed back in the right direction. last for the BC to be meaningful - it should rotate between countries - not just tracks in the US - to have it only here is hubris and makes it seem like our horses are better - which they are not.
stevejPS More than 1 year ago
Amazing how so many of these ..er...'untraveled' horse players see everything in terms of the USA. The world of thoroughbred racing does not revolve around the United States. As Frankel's daddy might have said: the sun does NOT revolve around the Earth Usain Bolt is still the fastest man in the world even though he didnt actually break the world record in the USA. Should we not recognize his supremacy until he races in Texas over 400 meters??!! Phooey!! The world is bigger than that now. Take your snidey Tea Party negativity and let us true fans enjoy a great champion
Perl More than 1 year ago
Typical nonsense, categorizing all Americans as tea partiers. And what the heck does the Tea Party have to do with this anyhow??? Believe it or not, many of us can appreciate international sports. I would suspect few people here think the "world of thoroughbred racing" revolves around the US. In fact, most people know the Euros are better on the grass. Heck, Desert Blanc was a gift in the 2012 Manhattan at 6-1. But please stop with all the generalizations and hyperbole. It makes you look bad. Also, although US racing has suffered greatly, try spending a day at Churcill Downs, Santa Anita, or Belmont Park, or Saratoga, or Keenland. These are beautiful tracks and although the product has suffered, you will still see great racing on the major race days. Plus, you should be grateful that we decided to save your hides in WW2. Peace.
Angela Smirkel More than 1 year ago
Yea you saved the world alright.It was all yankee pilots that flew in the battle of Britain and defeated the Lutwaffe for them.Then after that major victory you all jumped on a big steamer and rushed to the Russian front to defeat the Mighty Wermacht for the ever grateful Russian people lol There were five armies that landed at Normandy ,2 British 1 Canadian and 2 yankee and.It was the Canadians that made the most inroads that day.If you care to read your history ,the contribution made by American capitalism to German war preparations before 1940 can only be described as phenomenal. It was certainly crucial to German military capabilities ,examples Standard Oil of New Jersey transfer tech to IG Farben,General Electrics co-operation with the nazis[Cemented tungsten carbide is one example of this G.E.-Nazi cooperation.]I.T.T. gained access to the profitable German armaments industry and bought substantial interest in German armaments firms, including Focke-Wolfe aircraft 1938, just before the outbreak of war in Europe, the German Luftwaffe had an urgent requirement for 500 tons of tetraethyl lead[used to bomb British cities]. Ethyl was advised by an official of DuPont that such quantities of ethyl would be used by Germany for military purposes. U.S. multi-nationals under the control of Wall Street profited handsomely from Hitler's military construction program in the 1930s that these same international bankers used political influence in the U.S. to cover up their wartime collaboration Henry Ford provided the Nazi regime with rubber and critical war materials needed in 1938 and 1939ets etc.I could go onand on Just remember you people have never acted out of Altruism only for finacial gain PS in case you didnt realise it you only entered the war because Germany declared war on you. Peace
Bsb Jaws More than 1 year ago
I'll give you credit for this post which is basically truthful & knowledgeable outside of a couple errors. . Pity you don't know a damn thing about racing.
Angela Smirkel More than 1 year ago
Forgotten more than you know yankee boy.And yes I have been to races there,seen hippos wading around in less mud than those bull rings you call , err race tracks?LOLNow get back to yer food stamp line up or you will be late for supper
Bsb Jaws More than 1 year ago
@ Smirky , Not sure where you are getting this Yankee boy stuff from ? I'm an Angel . Forgetful are you ? Well I'm not ! I know more than you do about the non racing subject you broached and when it comes to racing you don't know jack as evidenced in your posts. BSB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bsb Jaws8 hours ago @ Smirky , Not sure where you are getting this Yankee boy stuff from ? I'm an Angel . Forgetful are you ? Well I'm not ! I know more than you do about the non racing subject you broached and when it comes to racing you don't know jack as evidenced in your posts. Proverb "When a man dies. a library burns to the ground,/ To put it bluntly JAW JAW when your turn comes nobody will be rushing to put out the fire to save anything.With regards to racing my family was involved with horses long before some obscure bunch of euros decided to invent your country
stevejPS More than 1 year ago
Angela Facts are all very well, but most (of us) Americans....TPers again.... are really not too big on history or facts. Americans make up their own . Good try though
stevejPS More than 1 year ago
Whats with all the 'saved YOUR hides???! Who are you talking at? I'm an American so dont even start on that But clearll we struck a nerve with the TP reference. So own it
Perl More than 1 year ago
Take a basic grammar lesson before pointing your plastic finger at anyone, and be thankful that I wasted as much time as I did with you. As for the nutty miss smirkel, her doc may wish to double her meds. Peace.
Angela Smirkel More than 1 year ago
Still thinking yer saved the world perly LOL
PeterG More than 1 year ago
Never been to any of them but European race tracks seem a lot more interesting and beautiful to me. Oddly shaped tracks, uphill, downhill, curves and bends, long straight racing, beautiful grass and country views. Interesting grandstands and buildings. Here we just run in a circle.
Bsb Jaws More than 1 year ago
Ever see the San Juan Capistrano Pete . It is 14 f not just around a circle .