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Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes

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Date | 25 Sep 2010
Course | Ascot
Age | 2yo
Distance | 8f
Going | Good to soft
Place | 1st
Winning margin | 10 lengths
1st Frankel
2nd Klammer
3rd Treasure Beach

Racing Post analysis:

This year’s edition looked deeply uncompetitive and the steady early pace threatened to turn it into a farce, but FRANKEL produced a quite breathtaking performance to maintain his 100 per cent record and cement his position at the head of both next year’s 2,000 Guineas and Derby markets.

Although Tom Queally managed to get him settled early, it was clear he wanted to be going faster, and having allowed the horse an inch of rein, he swept past the field on the home bend before quickening clear under hands and heels riding, a move that marked him down as a colt right out of the top drawer.

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The opposition again wasn’t up to much, having beaten just two rivals at Doncaster latest, but it’s clear Henry Cecil believes him to be something special (said afterwards he’s his best 2-y-o since Wollow, who went on to win the Guineas, back in the mid-70s), and he’s done little to suggest otherwise with back-to-back wins in devastating fashion.

Obviously, as seen with St Nicholas Abbey this year, there’s never a guarantee they’ll be able to train on and maintain their brilliance, and he’s got one more run to get out of the way yet, in either the Dewhurst, which would be the more favourable option given his abundant pace, or the Racing Post Trophy, but he certainly looks a strong favourite for the Guineas at this stage - best-priced 5-2. As for the Derby (best-priced 9-2), it’s far from certain he’ll stay the 1m4f distance, but that’s a long way off, and connections´ priority will lie primarily with ensuring the son of Galileo ends the year unbeaten.

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His official rating of 140 is the highest since the World Thoroughbred Rankings records began in 1977.

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