Thursday 8 December 2016

Frankel confirms Guineas status

Will Hayler

Published 17/04/2011 | 05:00

Frankel will be sent off the shortest-priced favourite for the 2,000 Guineas since the great Nijinsky after maintaining his unbeaten record in straightforward style at Newbury yesterday. Despite looking well in the preliminaries for the Greenham Stakes, Frankel again showed an intractable side to his nature in the early stages of the race when pulling for his head, testing Tom Queally's iron grip on the reins.

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But once Queally had the 1/4 favourite on an even keel, he loomed up powerfully alongside the leader Excelebration and galloped clear from the furlong pole, scoring by four lengths, with the runner-up a further six lengths clear of the remainder.

Trainer Henry Cecil admitted finding the build up to Frankel's return "nerve-racking", but there will be plenty more rushes to come this season, firstly at Newmarket in a fortnight's time.

"He'll do a couple more bits of work and that will get him right," Cecil said. "I'd say he was about 80 per cent today, but I said that this run would bring him along a lot and, hopefully, he will be much nearer 100 per cent at Newmarket. There is a lot more to come."

4/6 is now the best price available on Frankel supplying Cecil with a third 2,000 Guineas success.

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