Saturday 3 December 2016

Frankel can go further

Published 25/09/2011 | 05:00

Henry Cecil already has one eye on next year's major prizes for Frankel as the unbeaten star prepares to sign off for the season in the Qipco-sponsored Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

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The Galileo colt justified the winter hype with a scarcely believable performance in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket. And while he was not as flashy in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, he annihilated top older miler Canford Cliffs with an awesome performance in Goodwood's Sussex Stakes last time out.

He sticks to a mile for his final start of the year at Ascot on October 15, but Cecil is considering stepping him up to 10 furlongs next season -- with a trip to the Breeders' Cup a possibility. "He could, I'm not saying he will, as it's a long year, go to the Lockinge (for his first run as a four-year-old) as I like to start them off over a shorter distance," Cecil said.

"Then there's the Prince of Wales's or the Queen Anne at Ascot, and you could do the Sussex or the Eclipse. There are a lot of choices. If he's retired next year, maybe the Prince (Khalid Abdullah, owner) will decide to finish in the Breeders' Cup, as he loves the Breeders' Cup. I'm not sure I'd be too happy running him on dirt, but time will tell."

Frankel was accompanied by two work companions for a spin in Newmarket on Friday, with big-race jockey Tom Queally doing the steering.

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