9th June, 2012 - Posted by Elliot Slater - Comments Off
For the first time Sir Henry Cecil has suggested the race that he believes will see the mighty Frankel step up in trip for the first time in his career, and it seems that the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York’s Ebor fixture in August could well be the scene of him tackling a new trip and possibly going head-to-head with the exciting dual classic winner Camelot, writes Elliot Slater.
The feature York contest is sponsored by Frankel’s tremendously successful owner Prince Khaled Abdullah, who won the race 12 months ago with his own Twice Over, (a stable companion of Frankel), and for whom seeing his superstar racehorse enhance his stallion potential in his flagship sponsorship event would surely be a particularly great thrill. Cecil gave the impression that the York contest is much more likely to be the first time his star colt races beyond a mile, knocking on the head the idea that that honour might have come in the Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown a month earlier.
The winner of all ten career outings and rated by some way the best horse in the world at present and many horse racing tips writers are talking of him ranking alongside the sport’s all time best.
The son of Galileo made a scintillating seasonal return when slamming the unfortunate Excelebration by five lengths in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes, the runner-up (a high class performer in his own right), gaining a rear view of Frankel for the umpteenth time in the last couple of seasons. Cecil feels that his stable star has improved since Newbury and could be three or four lengths better on his next outing which is scheduled to be in the Queen Anne Stakes, the opening race on day one of Royal Ascot later this month.
If all goes well and he does arrive at York still unbeaten, a potential clash with the new star Camelot, winner of both the 2000 Guineas and Epsom Derby, would be a race worth travelling a very long way to see. For punters who bet on racing, it won’t get much better than this.