TOM QUEALLY put himself in the shoes of most of his weighing-room colleagues yesterday by watching Frankel disappear into the distance in a racecourse gallop at Newmarket.
HENRY CECIL'S colt, who is very likely to round off his incredible and so-far unbeaten career in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday week, was partnered by his usual work rider Shane Featherstonhaugh on the Rowley Mile.
His professional rider Queally set the pace on Midsummer Sun, leading for six furlongs of the near-mile exercise before Frankel breezed past him and finished well over a dozen lengths clear.
Cecil had taken the world's top-rated horse to the same track the Saturday before last for another outing, where he was watched by a large crowd before racing, blitzing away from two stablemates before returning to applause in the winner's enclosure.
"This was more informal - he only had one lead horse this time - but he came away nicely clear as he always does," said Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Prince Khalid Abdullah.
"Shane was on Frankel, Tom was on Midsummer Sun and everything went very well, it was a good bit of work and we were all very happy. It's so far, so good."
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Solemia could bring down the curtain on her racing career with one final run in the Far East.
Trainer Carlos Laffon-Parias and her owners the Wertheimer brothers have decided a trip to America for the Breeders' Cup will be too much, too soon for their filly, who memorably caught the Japanese runner Orfevre in the final few strides of Sunday's race.
"What we know now is that Solemia will not go to the Breeders' Cup, it comes quite quickly.
We will see how she comes out of the race but we think if she has one more run, it will be in Japan or Hong Kong. Next year she will probably be a broodmare," said the Wertheimer's racing manager, Pierre-Yves Bureau.