Date | 22 Aug 2012
Course | York
Age | 4
Distance | 10f
Going | Good to firm
Place | 1st
Winning margin | 7 lengths
3rd St Nicholas Abbey
Racing Post analysis:
A new challenge for FRANKEL, who was racing beyond 1m for the first time, but the same outcome with Sir Henry Cecil´s great colt proving just as effective over this longer trip. He earned a provisional RPR of 142, equalling his previous best which came in the Queen Anne in June.
Aidan O´Brien ran a couple of pacemakers to help ensure this was a proper test, and it was Robin Hood who took the field along at a good gallop, closely pursued by stablemate Windsor Palace. Not far behind that pair was Frankel´s usual lead horse Bullet Train. The sectionals to the 3f pole (ignoring the first 88 yards) were 12.03, 11.61, 11.78, 11.97, 12.11, 12.46, 12.33, at which point Frankel took over and set the race´s quickest split of 11.05 before coming homein 11.45 and 12.10. The final time was 3.40 seconds faster than the later Class 2 handicap.
The field raced stands´ side in the straight, and Tom Queally was brave in challenging between St Nicholas Abbey and the rail, but Frankel cruised through. He briefly looked set to win on the bridle, but as always he was asked to show off his brilliance and he didn´t disappoint, drawing well clear. It was noticeable he had made a sluggish start, not obviously through design, but he was soon travelling nicely with the good gallop helping him to settle as well as ever.
The form in behind is nothing special - it can be argued the runner-up and in particular the third did not have their optimum conditions - but Frankel has yet to meet a rival who can truly test him, and in proving his versatility trip-wise he has only enhanced his reputation as one of the greatest racehorses of all time. This was the ninth Group 1 win of his career and he was extending his unbeaten record to 13 races. His aggregate winning margin now stands at 74.5l, while his average winning margin is 5.7l.
It would be great to see him face another fresh challenge in something like the Arc and/or at the Breeders´ Cup, but his connections, who have handled him brilliantly to this point, have always been keen on a return to Ascot in October for Qipco British Champions Day.
QUOTES: Tom Queally, rider of Frankel: "Going that quick a pace helped as there was no funny business - it was end-to-end we were racing and the best horse won and he won comprehensively. He was relaxed all the way, he was really in a rhythm, and that is important.None of us had any worry about the trip but you can´t get complacent."
Selected Media Articles
23 August 2012: Frankel factor sees record opening day attendance at York
23 August 2012: Thoroughbred Daily News - No doubt: Frankel goes International (PDF file 1.37 MB)
23 August 2012: Peerless Frankel crushes his rivals to reign supreme at York
14 August 2012: Frankel to meet 2011 International Stakes winner Twice Over at York