Group 3 Greenham Stakes

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Date | 16 Apr 2011
Course | Newbury
Age | 3yo
Distance | 7f
Going | Good to firm
Place | 1st
Winning margin | 4 lengths
1st Frankel
2nd Excelebration
3rd Shropshire

Racing Post analysis:

This was the moment all Flat racing enthusiasts had been waiting for throughout the winter. The return of FRANKEL.

This Guineas trial is well known for not producing winners at Newmarket, but the last horse to do the double was trained by Henry Cecil, back in 1976, so backers should not get too worried by that statistic yet. Such has been the hype about Frankel this year that he reportedly outpaced a Newmarket-to-Cambridge passenger trainer earlier in the year. His credentials were there for all to see, unbeaten in four starts, which finished with a Group 1 success in the Dewhurst Stakes three weeks after winning the Group 2 Royal Lodge by an impressive ten lengths.

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Said to not have grown a great deal during the winter, which isn’t surprising considering his size at two, the one worry with him was whether this big, strong colt would settle and give himself a chance of running a race. Connections had taken the step of employing a pacemaker in Picture Editor, who had proved himself to be a talented performer as a juvenile. He seemed guaranteed to make this a decent test considering he was proven over at least 1m (he was one of the second favourites for the Derby before his Zetland Stakes defeat), but even he couldn’t hang on for as long as some may have thought, because Frankel was in the lead inside the 3f marker. Tom Queally looked to be racing a bit more freely than he’d have wanted, but his mount saw off the rival that dared to eyeball him and put up a workmanlike, if not spectacular, performance. Bookmakers shortened his price for the Guineas a fraction (his Derby odds unsurprisingly remained roughly the same), and it’s definitely worth remembering that this victory came when Henry Cecil’s horses had appeared to be needing the run.

Judged on this performance alone, he doesn’t look the type to thrive at much further than a mile, if anything he looks capable of holding his own at sprinting trips, much like his dam. Connections will no doubt be pleased to get this run out of the way, and can now concentrate on his first big target. The winning time was quicker than the Fred Darling, which had eight more runners in it.

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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).

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