Group 1

Dubai Dewhurst Stakes

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Date | 16 Oct 2010
Course | Newmarket
Age | 2yo
Distance | 7f
Going | Good to soft
Place | 1st
Winning margin | 2 ¼ lengths
1st Frankel
2nd Roderic O’Connor
3rd Glor Na Mara

Racing Post analysis:

The most eagerly awaited 2yo race for many years, featuring three unbeaten colts with sky-high reputations and the form in the book to back it up. As it turned out, two of the trio failed to turn up, but that should not detract too much from the winner, who confirmed he is as brilliant a juvenile as we have seen for many years. The runner-up set a reasonable pace and the time was 0.31sec quicker than the older horses in the Challenge Stakes.

FRANKEL looked freakishly good in his wide-margin victories at Doncaster and in Ascot’s Royal Lodge Stakes, and his work on the gallops since had been spectacular, but this was his first tilt at Group 1 company and much his stiffest task to date. He was calm in the preliminaries and went to post better than at Ascot, but was keen early on at the rear of the field after a bump leaving the stalls set him alight. Improving quickly down the outside at halfway, reminiscent of his mid-race move in the Royal Lodge, he swept past the runner-up and only had to be pushed out for a very comfortable success, Tom Queally not needing to use his stick on him.

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Henry Cecil’s first Dewhurst winner since Diesis in 1982, he is now a short price for the 2,000 Guineas and Cecil mentioned the St James’s Palace Stakes too, appearing to rule out the Derby at this stage, although the colt promises to stay at least 1m2f further down the line. While the below-par efforts of his chief opponents hold down the form of this victory, he is a special prospect and, at this stage, it is hard to see anything derailing him in the Guineas, providing he comes through the winter in good nick. Faster ground will not be a problem for him.

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