Friday 15 December 2017

Bookmakers not taking any chances as Frankel aims to extend run

JA McGrath

The mighty Frankel is set to face a maximum of seven rivals as he attempts what appears to be a simple task to extend his unbeaten sequence to 12 in the Qipco Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, which starts on Tuesday and is being promoted as racing's alternative to the Olympic Games.

Bookmakers are taking no chances with the champion colt. William Hill have priced him up at 1/20, while Betfair customers can back him at around 1/6 on the exchange.

Despite the field containing a collection of talented milers, most regard Frankel as a certainty to saunter home. Last year, he won the race by five lengths from the top-class miler Canford Cliffs, although the runner-up suffered an injury in running that terminated his career.

Godolphin have sportingly supplemented Farhh for the Sussex at a cost of £19,500, but even with the colt's solid recent placings in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes and Coral-Eclipse, he would have to show considerable improvement to pose any threat to Frankel.

Farhh is second favourite at a skinny 4/1, with 16/1 offered about Strong Suit and Power, while 50/1 and bigger are offered about Ishvana, Gabrial, Reply and the likely pacemaker Bullet Train.

The ground at Goodwood is currently 'good', according to clerk of the course Seamus Buckley.

Frankel's full brother Noble Mission is among nine entries for the bet365 Gordon Stakes at Goodwood on Tuesday, a race that has become a significant trial for the Ladbrokes St Leger. John Gosden has a good recent record in the Doncaster Classic and has two entries -- Michelangelo and Thought Worthy. The mile-and-a-half Group Three was reopened for entries earlier this week, but a small field still looks likely. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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