20th April, 2012 - Posted by Elliot Slater - Comments Off
Even as the runners were preparing to go to post for the John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, one piece of breaking hews completely overshadowed ‘ the world’s greatest steeplechase’ as the BBC reported that the outstanding Sir Henry Cecil-trained Frankel would be retired after sustaining an injury in training, writes Elliot Slater.
Shock waves rippled across Merseyside and Betfair Guineas betting markets until Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Frankel’s owner Prince Khaled Abdullah, came out and categorically stated that the rumours were false and that although the brilliant undefeated son of Galileo had suffered a setback, no decision about the extent of any injury to the horse or the consequences to his racecourse career would be taken until a scan is performed on the four-year-old later in the week.
It appears that the BBC, (along with many other media sources), were fooled into believing rumours on the ‘Twittersphere’ that Frankel’s racing days are already over, but at the time of writing that is certainly not the case and the hopes of such as Royal Ascot that Cecil’s great horse will be there in June to possibly take on So You Think for the first time over 10 furlongs in the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes, remain alive.
Epsom derby betting fans around the globe will be waiting anxiously on the news and hoping that something positive comes out of the next reports to suggest that not only might Frankel race again and go to Royal Ascot, but that he may also be up to the challenge of facing the outstanding Australian mare Black Caviar over a mile at Glorious Goodwood in July in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes, a race to which the sponsors are prepared to add £700,000 to the original prize money of £300,000 to make it the first £1 million race in the history of the sport in Britain if both horses face the starter.