Frankel warms up for Champion challenge

World Champion Frankel warmed up for his next race in the Gr.1 Champion Stakes, with a racecourse gallop before a crowd of over 8,500, up 18% on last year, at Newmarket before racing yesterday (29 September).

The four-year-old son of Galileo, accompanied by his three-parts brother Bullet Train (Sadler’s Wells) and stablemate Specific Gravity (Dansili) strode clear to “win” in good style.

Tom Queally said: “He had a nice little blow and we are all delighted, it’s exactly what we were looking for. I was happy with him. The last time I’d sat on him was York and it was great to sit on him again. He worked well and seemed as good as ever, which would be good enough.”

Sir Henry Cecil was on hand to supervise the work and added: “I’m going fine, I read someone saying I was going to retire but the only retiring I’m going to be doing is a good holiday. Frankel had a good blow this morning but this is not D-day. I don’t think running in the Moulin would have achieved anything and this was ideal, and I’d think the Champion Stakes will be his last race. The Prince [Khalid Abdulla] will make the decision but at the moment that is the idea.”

Owner Khalid Abdulla’s racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said: “It’s amazing how many people came to see him. He’s done something today to keep him up to speed and he’s achieved it with the minimum of fuss.

“It was slightly less than a race, as they didn’t go a furious gallop but they still went a decent pace and it was a bit more of a workout. It was kind of Newmarket to allow us to come and Frankel has enjoyed himself.”

European Bloodstock News
30 September 2012

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Frankel Facts

His Timeform rating of 147 is the highest in Timeform's history. It puts him ahead of the likes of Sea Bird II (born 1962, rated 145), Brigadier Gerard (born 1968, rated 144) and Tudor Minstrel (born 1944, rated 144).