QIPCO Sussex Stakes
Date | 01 Aug 2012
Course | Goodwood
Age | 4
Distance | 8f
Going | Good
Place | 1st
Winning margin | 6 lengths
Racing Post analysis:
The phenomenon that is FRANKEL had scared away most credible opposition, as he had when beating three rivals a year ago, so this was the joint-smallest field since 1972. It seriously lacked depth too, lacking a miler as accomplished as Canford Cliffs in opposition this time. Aidan O´Brien was without a runner, sparing Excelebration further punishment at the hands of Frankel, while Strong Suit was not declared.
Frankel duly became the first dual winner of the Sussex Stakes, which was opened up to 4yos in 1960 and to horses aged five plus fifteen years later. Everything went smoothly for him and he powered clear of his pursuers in trademark style for another thoroughly comprehensive victory. His winning margin did not come close to the eleven lengths by which he beat Excelebration in the Queen Anne, but he could have won by a much greater margin with Tom Queally only shaking up his mount and easing him close home once his rivals had been crushed. The colt won by a length more than he had beaten Canford Cliffs (from he received 8lb in weight for age) in 2011, and this year´s time was just a tenth of a second slower.
Frankel has proved himself far superior to his miling contemporaries over the last two seasons, but will step out of his comfort zone in next month´s Juddmonte International at York, when his stamina will be tested over an extra two and a half furlongs. Now he settles so well there seems no reason why he shouldn´t stay, and if he does then a new cast of opponents will surely not be up to beating him. It will be interesting to see how many turn up to take him on, with Nathaniel, plus St Nicholas Abbey and Cirrus Des Aigles the standout names among the entries.
Farhh justified the sporting decision to run here rather than in the Jacques Le Marois at Deauville, winning more than three times what it cost to supplement him. Back at a mile for the first time since winning the Thirsk Hunt Cup, he was fitted with a rug down at the start but got away well and seems over the problems he has had with the stalls. Frankie Dettori was at him with three furlongs to go in an attempt to get to Frankel, but while he tried hard he failed to give the favourite any cause for concern. He has now been placed in three successive Group Ones and is an admirable colt capable of winning a race at this level, perhaps back at a mile and a quarter. His connections won´t fight shy of taking on Frankel again at York. This was only his sixth run and he surely has more improvement in him.
Selected Media Articles
02 Aug 2012: Racing Post - Any takers?
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02 Aug 2012: Thoroughbred Daily News: Frankely, that was easy
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01 Aug 2012: Frankel extends unbeaten record to 12 with Sussex Stakes stroll at Glorious Goodwood
01 Aug 2012: Frankel has no trouble with glorious 12th success at Goodwood
04 July 2012: Frankel in top trim for Sussex Stakes