Group 1 win for Frankel's brother
Noble Mission will come under consideration for the top 10-furlong races after his superb victory in the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at The Curragh on 25th May.
The five-year-old brother to the peerless Frankel made every yard in running out victorious by a length and a quarter.
His triumph completed a golden last month in which he has won back-to-back Group 3s, capped by the weekend success in Ireland.
Lady Cecil, who was recording a first Group 1 victory as a trainer, reported that Noble Mission is in good fettle after his latest exertions. She also stated that there is no immediate next target for the Prince Khalid Abdullah-owned Noble Mission but that the Coral Eclipse Stakes on the 5th July – for which he is entered – will be considered.
Lady Cecil said: “We were all thrilled by Noble Mission’s victory in Ireland. It means so much on a number of levels.
“Firstly, I am especially pleased for Prince Khalid, whose decision to keep the horse in training as a five-year-old has been rewarded.
“I am delighted, too, for my assistant George Scott and all the staff at Warren Place. The yard has been buzzing since and it is so nice to see that.
“Noble Mission returned to the stable on Monday evening. He seems to have taken his race very well and ate up on Sunday night.
“While we have not decided on his next race, he has certainly earned the right to continue at Group 1 level. He is already entered in the Eclipse and will be put in other top-class races at a mile and a quarter.
“We wouldn’t rule out returning to a mile and a half, either. But we will take a bit of time and make a plan once we’ve discussed options with the Prince and Lord Grimthorpe.”
Frankel's family enjoyed further success over the weekend, as his three-year-old half-sister Joyeuse (whose sire Oasis Dream stands alongside Frankel at Banstead Manor Stud) won the Cecil Frail Stakes L. at Haydock, and Riposte (a half-sister to Frankel's dam Kind, by another Juddmonte stallion Dansili) won the Sheepshead Bay Stakes Gr.2 in the USA.
Picture: Lady Cecil, James Doyle and stable groom Martin Peake with members of the Warren Place team as Noble Mission returns after his Group 1 win in Ireland. Image courtesy of Tony Rushmer.