Tuesday 20 February 2018

Frankel 'could race again' as rain gives grounds for concern

Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to Khalid Abdulla, Frankel's owner, has sparked a flurry of unexpected excitement in bookmaking circles by refusing to rule out the possibility of the great horse running again next year.

"As far as I know, the Ascot race will be his last start," Grimthorpe said. "But we must respect the fact that the final decision rests entirely with Prince Khalid. Frankel is his horse."

No sooner had the interview been shown on Sky Sports News than BetVictor were quoting 11/2 about Frankel re-appearing in 2013, although they were quick to add that he is also 1/10 to disappear to the breeding sheds -- no matter what the result in tomorrow's Ascot Champion Stakes, in which the colt is scheduled to face five rivals, including his pacemaker Bullet Train.

The ground at Ascot is already soft and, with more rain forecast, the likelihood that there could be heavy patches on the round course has become a cause for concern to some Frankel fans.

However, Tom Queally, who has been on board Frankel for each leg of his incredible 13-race unbeaten streak, insisted: "I don't think soft ground would be a problem to him. It was quite testing on his debut and he handled conditions. Heavy ground might be a different story but, if it's testing, I can't see it being any concern."

Irish Independent

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