05/20/2012 7:09PM

Royal Ascot's Queen Anne next target for Frankel


Frankel, the unbeaten European superstar, is expected to make his next start in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in England on June 19, trainer Henry Cecil announced on his website on Sunday.

The 4-year-old Frankel won his 2012 debut in Saturday’s Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury Racecourse in England by five lengths.

Frankel is unbeaten in 10 starts.

The Queen Anne Stakes is the top race for older milers at the Royal Ascot meeting.

“Over the last two seasons, he has come on a good deal from his first race, and hopefully he will do the same this season,” Cecil said. “He has strengthened and grown up a great deal mentally. All being well, his next start will be at Ascot in either the Queen Anne or the Prince of Wales, the former being my first preference at the moment, but we will see.”

The Group 1 Princes of Wales Stakes over 1 1/4 miles on turf will be run on June 20.

Owned by Juddmonte Farms, Frankel won the Lockinge Stakes despite missing 12 days of training last month because of a minor injury.

“I went to check on him this morning and he seemed very well and pleased[with] himself,” Cecil said on Sunday.

The Lockinge was Frankel’s fifth consecutive win in a Group 1 race, a span that includes the St. James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot last summer.

Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
The only US horse I can just think that could run even within 5 lengths of Frankel is The Factor ( assuming we never saw him run in Dubai this year ).
Michael D More than 1 year ago
Remember Frankel is a 4 year old and too early in the year for 3 year olds to run against especially one as talented as Frankel and he lost 12 days of training before his comeback race. Very very impressive
TriniLoo More than 1 year ago
A Bodemeister vs Frankel race would be one worth seeing.
Ronnie G More than 1 year ago
LOL why bodemeister?? ill have another is the best 3 year old
Bwell More than 1 year ago
And they'd both lose to Frankel by at least 5 lengths!
Robert McLaughlin More than 1 year ago
I'll Have Another would have a fighters chance of beating him on dirt or syn, but on turf both he and Bodemeister would be toast. Despite what many American's think not all the best horses run in the US. In fact I would say when it comes to distance horses, especially distance horses on turf, the Euros beat us 8 times out of 10.
Peggs Wathen More than 1 year ago
if anyone doubted that Robert, just look at the BC turf races......Euros hammer US ;)
akhiym james More than 1 year ago
Any person that knows about horse racing should know that US has the bet dirt horses and Europe has the best turf horses. I really hope this horse comes to the US and run in the breeders cup but I highly doubt it. He will definitely be tough to deal if he can handle distance
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
Run Frankel on Dirt at 1 1/4.... IHA beats him a length or two. Run them on Dirt at a mile, Frankel beats him on the wire. Run them both on Turf at a mile, Frankel beats him 4 lengths. Run them on Turf at 1 1/4, Frankel beats IHA or Bode or any other US horse 8-10 lengths. Come on people, he is a powerhouse.....