Frankel has no trouble with glorious 12th success at Goodwood
• Colt beats Farhh by six lengths in Sussex Stakes
• He equals record for consecutive European Group Ones
Frankel was an imperious winner of the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday, beating his three rivals as easily as odds of 1-20 suggested he would. In doing so, he became the first horse to win the mile race twice and equalled the record of seven consecutive wins in European Group One races, set a decade ago by Rock Of Gibraltar.
His pacemaker, Bullet Train, set a modest early pace and Frankel settled in second. His only serious rival, Godolphin's Farhh, raced in third and never looked like getting in a serious blow.
The only real contest involved here was won by Gabrial, who ran on to snatch third-place prize money of £34,000 from the tiring Bullet Train, the best outcome his connections could have hoped for. In the meantime, Frankel had sauntered six lengths clear of Farhh.
It is expected that Frankel, now unbeaten in 12 outings, will have just two more races, in the Juddmonte International at York on 22 August and in the Champion Stakes at Ascot on 20 October. Both those races will require him to step up to a mile and a quarter, he having raced only over a mile so far.
Sir Henry Cecil, the winning trainer, missed seeing Frankel for the first time as he recovers from his latest round of chemotherapy for the stomach cancer that has afflicted him for six years. This was Cecil's third winner at the Glorious meeting, which started on Tuesday and runs to Saturday. It was also a third success for the jockey, Tom Queally.
Chris Cook, The Guardian
01 August 2012