Frankel Frighteningly Phenomenal in Queen Anne Stakes
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The world’s best racehorse Frankel put 11 lengths between himself and his 10 rivals to open Royal Ascot on a brilliant note as he stormed away with the Queen Anne Stakes.
Trainer Sir Henry Cecil admitted the Galileo colt was still improving but felt that those watching - rather than himself - should assess the breathtaking performance.
“It’s a relief. Things have got to go right and no horse is a certainty. He is a great, great horse and you needn’t ask me about him - you have seen him for yourselves so everyone can form their own opinions. I prepared him as well as I could and he couldn’t have done any more so you be the judges,” said Cecil.
“I don’t understand the comparisons between different countries, generations and distances and how people say one horse is 1lb better than another. It’s double dutch to me. People have seen him and can judge for themselves.
“I’ve been lucky to have trained a lot of good horses like Wollow, Bolkinski, Bosra Sham and Kris and I have my view where they would have finished in a race together but people can decide themselves.
“Black Caviar and Frankel are both champions in their own right over different distances and exceptional. You can’t compare them and it makes no sense to race one against another. Well done to both of them and they are good for racing around the world.
“You have to unleash Frankel in good time and then gallop the others into the ground. He’s got that long stride and I wanted him produced between two and two and a half furlongs because he takes some catching. He keeps going when other horses don’t.
“He did exactly what I thought he would but he is still improving and Tom said he is getting better. He looks as though he is going to stay a mile and a quarter and we will leave our options open. He is in the Eclipse, the Sussex, the Juddmonte - which is important - and he will be in the two races here at the end of the year. He could have three more race or he could have four.
“I would think he will go stud at the end of this year and it would be entirely up to the Prince (Khalid Abdulla) if he wanted to keep him in training at five but I think it’s unlikely.
“If the horse wants to go to Sandown (for the Eclipse) I’ll go and if he doesn’t I won’t. He’s telling me he’s getting better, it’s just a case of how he takes the race. We will feel our way and he will tell me what to do - I don’t tell him, he will tell me what to do next. I will discuss it with Teddy Grimthorpe but the ultimate decision will be the Prince’s.
“He’s getting stronger and learning to race properly and he’ll definitely get a mile and a quarter, it’s just a matter of when we go - whether it’s in the Juddmonte or earlier.
“It was a pretty good run at Newbury last time given he’d had 10 days off beforehand and he always improves for a run.
“This is very good for everybody and the horse has been a great help to me. He has a lot of followers and it would have been sad if he’d got beaten. People from outside racing have latched on to him. My staff have also been marvellous and this is a team effort, I just steer the ship and sail the boat.
“I think the horse enjoyed himself this afternoon and she will have said to himself that this has been a good day.”
Queen Anne Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (Str)
EXCELEBRATION RUNNER-UP TO FRANKEL FOR A FOURTH TIME
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