Group 1

QIPCO Holding

QIPCO 2000 Guineas

newmarket rowley racecourse
Graphic courtesy of Racing UK
Date | 30 Apr 2011
Course | Newmarket
Age | 3yo
Distance | 8f
Going | Good To Firm
Place | 1st
Winning margin | 6 lengths
1st Frankel
2nd Dubawi Gold
3rd Native Khan

Racing Post analysis:

This looked an up-to-scratch renewal of the season’s first Classic, featuring an outstanding unbeaten Dewhurst and Greenham winner, colts successful in the Group 1 National Stakes, Racing Post Trophy and Criterium International last year, as well as the winner of the Craven Stakes. There were three notable absentees, though, in Dream Ahead (rated the equal of Frankel at two by the official handicappers), Wootton Bassett and Dubai Prince, and the field was the smallest since Mark Of Esteem beat 12 rivals in 1996.

After all the hype and all the expectation, we were treated to an extraordinary performance as FRANKEL crushed his field in a manner rarely seen in a Classic. His outside draw had been a slight worry for a colt with a tendency to race keenly, and he was on the opposite flank to his pacemaker Rerouted, but he was taught to work in front in a recent gallop and it quickly became apparent that he would be making his own running. Displaying his long, raking stride down the centre of the track, he was a good 7l clear at halfway with none of the others remotely able to lay up with him. He had the race won not long afterwards unless something dramatic happened, and Tom Queally kept him up to his work in the last furlong and a half to keep the colt’s mind on the job as he started to tire slightly. At the line he had six lengths to spare, the second biggest margin of superiority in the Guineas after Tudor Minstrel, who won by eight in 1947. Although some of his opponents were clearly below par, he pulverised his field and there can be no doubt that this is an exceptional racehorse.

footage supplied by Racing UK

Henry Cecil, on target in the 2,000 Guineas for the first time since enjoying back-to-back wins with Bolkonski and Wollow in the mid-1970s, initially suggested the Dante Stakes next in order to gauge his potential stamina for the Derby, but Epsom was later virtually ruled out in favour of staying at a mile for now in the St James´s Palace. He possesses astonishing speed, and the Ascot race should be his for the taking, with older stars such as Goldikova and Canford Cliffs waiting to take him on at the trip later in the season. Unfortunately connections ruled out dropping him back to 6f in the July Cup, even though there is surely no sprinter around that could live with him.

Selected Media Articles

5 May 2011: TDN - Pedigree Insights (PDF file, 531 KB)

1 May 2011: Racing Post - Beyond Belief (PDF file, 3.23 MB)

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Frankel Facts

“Quality colt, tall with size and scope. Strong hind legs. Very good foal,” was Banstead Manor Stud manager Simon Mockridge’s assessment of the newborn Frankel.

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