Updated on 08/24/2012 1:02PM

York: Frankel cruises in Juddmonte International, longest race of his career


Frankel seems capable of accomplishing anything on a racecourse.

Wednesday, in the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York, England, Frankel raced at about 1 5/16 miles, the first time in his career he had gone beyond a mile, and won by an easy seven lengths, extending his unbeaten streak to 13 races.

A 4-year-old colt by Galileo, Frankel has won eight consecutive Group 1 races since May 2011.
Wednesday’s win launched discussions about Frankel’s autumn campaign, with the Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe over 1 1/2 miles at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris on Oct. 7 entering the thoughts of his connections for the first time.

The British bookmaker Coral quoted Frankel as the 1-4 favorite for the Arc, if he starts.
Frankel would have to be supplemented to the Arc, but Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for owner Khalid Abdullah, said the option would be discussed with trainer Henry Cecil.

The 69-year-old Cecil, who has been undergoing cancer treatment, attended the Juddmonte. He missed Frankel’s previous win, the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood on Aug. 1. Asked how he felt after he saw the Juddmonte result, he said, “20 years better.”

Another option for Frankel this fall is the Champion Stakes at Ascot on Oct. 20. Frankel is the 1-10 favorite in the future book for that race, which is run over 1 1/4 miles on turf.
What was foremost on the minds of observers on Wednesday was the way that Frankel won the Juddmonte, which was sponsored by Abdullah’s farm.

Having previously raced over seven furlongs and a mile, Frankel, the 1-10 favorite, had no difficulty at the longer distance.

Ridden by Tom Queally, Frankel closed from sixth to win by seven lengths over Farhh. St Nicholas Abbey, the winner of the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf, finished third in the field of nine.
Queally rode Frankel with confidence. Entering the stretch, Queally brought Frankel to the rail closest to the grandstand. Frankel moved closer to the front with little difficulty and pulled clear under a few right-handed taps from Queally.

“The best horse won and he won comprehensively,” Queally told the press.

Thought Worthy all the way in Great Voltigeur

In Wednesday’s Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes for 3-year-olds at York, Thought Worthy, a 9-1 shot, led throughout 1 1/2 miles to win his first group stakes.

Owned by George Strawbridge and trained by John Gosden, Thought Worthy, by Dynaformer, is a candidate for the Group 1 St. Leger Stakes on Sept. 15.

Frankel’s brother Noble Mission finished fourth in the field of six.

Bated Breath heads Nunthorpe

The Juddmonte-owned Bated Breath, the winner of the Group 2 Temple Stakes at Haydock Park in May, will be a modest favorite in Friday’s Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes over a straightaway five furlongs at York.

Trained by Roger Charlton, Bated Breath was second in the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. He was entered for the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket last month, but was withdrawn because of a rain-soaked turf course.

Bated Breath faces 19 rivals, including the 7-year-old Australian-bred mare Ortensia, who won the Group 2 King George Stakes at Goodwood earlier this month.

[WATCH REPLAY: Frankel wins Juddmonte International]

Joe Palermo More than 1 year ago
Frankel is the best turf horse period. Why travel to U.S to face second rate competition. When it comes to turf racing usa is far behind. none of our horses ever win on turf at the dubai festival. Europe sends horses to the states that cant win there and all of a sudden they are winning high allowance races here. want to see frankel in the arc and watch him have another open length win. nobody has been within 5 lengths of him in his group 1 wins. The horses he beats would come to The US and take our grade 1's. might be the best turf horse of all time
jonathan yarde More than 1 year ago
Up to this point in his career the only horse that can be compared to Frankel is Brigadier Gerard who retired as a 4-year-old with 17 wins from 18 starts, and until recently was the 2nd highest Timeform rated horse behind the legendary Sea Bird. I say that BG is the only one, because his and Frankel's 3 and 4-year-old campaigns have many common races. Both won the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, although I would argue that BG's performance was even more impressive than that eye-popping tour de force put on by Frankel last year at Newmarket. Why? Because BG beat a stronger though smaller field which included the two top rated 2-year-olds of 1970, My Swallow and Mill Reef, while making his seasonal debut in that classic. Can anyone name a KY Derby winner who won it on his reappearance? The Brigadier then went on to win the St James's Palace, Sussex and QE II a la Frankel, but then went one better by winning the Champion Stakes (then run over the 1 1/4 straight at Newmarket) a race that had seen the great Nijinsky bow out of the game the previous year a loser to Lorenzaccio. As Lord Grimthorpe and Henry Cecil decided to limit Frankel to a mile at 3, I give BG's 3-year-old campaign the edge over Frankel's. This year the comparisons aren't quite as obvious. To date Frankel has only raced in two of BG's 4-year-old races, The Lockinge and the Juddmonte. While BG was graduated to longer distances after the Lockinge, winning the Prince of Wales's, Eclipse and King George before his shocking defeat by Roberto in what is now known as the Juddmonte International, Frankel had been up to this point merely repeating his post Guineas campaign. I would admit that the encores have been better than the original performances, and his winning style far more effortless that those of the Brigadier. Based on this observation, the 4-year-old campaign vote goes to Frankel, especially as he has now won the only prize ever to elude BG, and has erased any doubts as to his middle distance capabilities. To those who are still non-believers, nothing short of a mile and a half victory will do. Then and only then would they be able to gauge him against the mighty Sea Bird. Unfortunately I have little recollection of the latter, being in class the day he won at Epsom (the Derby was traditionally run on a Wednesday in the old days), and live TV of the Arc had yet to begin. So I know only of his reputation and what I have seen of grainy footage. I would argue that based on their bodies of work that both Frankel and Brigadier Gerard could be rated higher, Sea Bird having run only 8 times in his career with a modest 5 race win streak during his unblemished 3-year-old campaign. His legend is based on the two big wins (Derby and Arc) both a piece de resistance. Had Nijinsky, who defeated Sea Bird's son Gyr easily at Epsom, not fallen a nose short of winning at Longchamps that October, how high would he, as the UK's longtime last Triple Crown winner, have been rated? Now to those in the USA for whom only a Breeders Cup win would suffice. I ask you what is the record of the European invaders in the Mile and the Turf? And, Goldikova excepted, many of those are the second and third stingers who have won those races. As for racing in the Classic, I remind you that Twice Over finished 2 lengths behind Zenyatta in 2009, although that was on the synthetic surface.
Steven Simonovich More than 1 year ago
We have heard it all before. Rock of Gibraltar, Dubai Millennium, Sea the Stars, and what was the mares name that beat Goldikova 3 times...I forget. Anyway, Rock of Gibraltar lost in the BC and the rest of these were too afraid to run in the States. Goldikova is the only True Champion. The connections of that mare had balls! 3 time Champ! The bottom line is, you cannot call Frankel the best ever. Nobody says that about Ghostzapper and he would CRUSH Frankel.
neigh sayer More than 1 year ago
You're funny stevie. I think your mom's calling, go take a nap.
Derek More than 1 year ago
Steve........you should change your new to Don..............Don Key!!,!
Jack More than 1 year ago
Just wondering about the 140 rating Frankel got for the Juddmonte. Sea the Stars won with a much faster time (well over a second faster) in 2009.Does anyone recall what his rating was for that race ? Was the course playing that much faster in 2009 ?
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
Here are some surprising facts. - Over 90% of DRF's American readers have never watched the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on live TV before. If you have watched the Arc, you would know that it is a race where the best horses sometimes don't win because the 20-horse fields make the trips very influential. Therefore Frankel's connection would never run him in the Arc. They are way too concerned about his unbeaten legacy. - this is more surprising than even the above: over 80% of DRF's American readers have not heard of the British Champion Stakes. Of those who have, over half of them are not aware that it is the UK's top middle distance race for older horses. This is most likely Frankel's next race. Yes, it is a very prestigious race.
Robin Dawson More than 1 year ago
Frankel is owned, trained and managed by some of the savviest people in racing. They've done very well so far, so why second guess them? As for The Arc...its often run on very heavy ground and can be a rough race. So The Champion Stakes at home (Newmarket) is a logical target. What impresses me about this horse, apart from his talent, is his amenable character (he never turned a hair and went to post like a pro at York, in front of a big crowd) and you know that his performance is down to good old fashioned horsemanship...something that's virtually unheard of in North America these days.
Vinod Jhangimal More than 1 year ago
Where did you get those percentages? Was a survey done or, more than likely, you just made up the figures to what you believe would be something that sounded logical to you? If it were the latter, then it doesn't count as a "fact"; surprising or not.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Americans should pay attention to reality and stop being so biased,the breeders cup and the k derby may be the holy grail of american racing but its not seen the same way by Europeans and others a horse like Frankel has nothing to gain by flying halfway around the world for a race that has a comparable purse to the prix de arc de triomphe,and is much less prestigious,if I had a choice of wich I would prefer to win it would be the arc over any breeders cup race any day.frankel just whipped st Nicholas abbey a breeders cup winner so what else is there to prove,especially since the best horses are going to go to the arc not the breeders cup that's probably going to be won by a second srtinger euro anyway .seriously even the triple crown is kind of lame the Kentucky derby is a great race then the Preakness is ok and the Belmont is usually a joke,with very little quality.i propose a new triple crown with a 10 million bonus for the winner of all 3 legs and 5 million for the best results over the series,it would start in Dubai with the UAE derby 1 1/4 then move to the Kentucky derby also at 1 1/4 miles and would end with the epsom derby at 1 1/2 miles.this would be a truly phenomenal achievement 3 different surfaces synthetic,dirt,grass in 3 different country's and much better spaced than our triple crown,about a month between each race.
Paul_Tuon More than 1 year ago
In horse racing nowaday, $10 million is pocket change and it won't move the tiniest needle. How about $25 million, which is equal to the sum of the total Breeders' Cup? That would attract world wide participations. Anything less than $20 million isn't going to do much good nowaday.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
How incredibly shallow. Here's news for you. The Kentucky Derby could offer the G1 minimum purse of $250,000 and it would still draw a 20-horse field every year. The only reason the UAE has to offer $10mil for the Dubai World Cup is because that's what it would take to lure people to the desert. That's the original thinking behind the Breeders Cup races. They had to offer overwhelming high purse structures to make horsemen accept it as the "World Championship". Classic races throughout the world do not need staggering purse rewards to draw quality fields. Tradition always trump inflated purses in this industry. The day that tradition dies in this industry will also be its formal demise.
D More than 1 year ago
The Breeders Cup needs this horse badly if they are going to have a sell out crowd. Frankel is a monster and its a shame we will never get to see his talents in person here in America. The fields he has beaten over there are so much better then anything we could put up against him over here. I mean Little Mike! lol His speed demon ways has shown the world how weak our horses are.
Derek More than 1 year ago
...but to be fair to American horses D, there does not seem to be the same emphasis on breeding horses for turf as there is for dirt........and that speaks to the lack of depth and variation in the turf racing programme. I think Frankel has captured the racing public's imagination in Europe the same way as I believe the great secretariat did in the States. Is he the daddy of all the north American greats? Frankel is considered the daddy of all the European greats since timeform ratings began in 1948.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
Secretariat is the daddy of the Triple Crown races. Beyond that, hes just another very good horse.
Derek More than 1 year ago
So who is the daddy?
Wonderagain More than 1 year ago
If Frankel is the best horse to have ever lived, well then run him in the Arc and some other top international races (come to LA for BC and I may just have to go). Until then let's not get too carried away. I read connections planned to run in Champion Stakes where he is 1-10 in the future book then retire him to the breeding shed! That would not be very sporting after he destroyed that Juddmonte field. Do Saudi princes need to base decisions on economics these days, also?
Cheryl More than 1 year ago
It was sporting to keep him in training at 4, instead of retiring him. Connections have said that he will NOT go to BC. If the Classic were on ProRide they said he would have gone, but they won't even entertain the idea of running him on a dirt surface.
D More than 1 year ago
I would bet against him in the BC Classic on Pro-Ride going 1 1/4.... But that would be about the only way I would bet against him!
Steven Simonovich More than 1 year ago
Run him in the Turf Mile or Turf at 1 1/2 miles in the Breeders Cup. Sounds like the connections are afraid.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
In case you don't know, the British Champion Stakes is indeed one of the top international races
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excelebration wins against a good field in France after getting trounced 5 times by Frankel who beat him by a combined 30 lengths in those races.Please send this horse to France to run in the Arc.No sense running him again in England as he is unbeatable there and it would add nothing to his resume.
Gee More than 1 year ago
He just destroyed breeders cup winner St Nic Abby. He has unbieliveable turn of foot that is scary??