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Newbury winner Frankel to stay at a mile
6:00am Monday 21st May 2012 in HORSE RACING
FRANKEL is likely to stick to a mile for at least his next race before the champion colt is asked to step up in trip.
The Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 19 is the probable target for owner Khalid Abdullah’s superstar, who extended his unbeaten record to 10 races in the JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday - just five weeks after suffering a setback.
The world's highest-rated thoroughbred is also in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes over 10 furlongs a day later.
Connections of the Sir Henry Cecil-trained four-year-old may instead wait until later in the summer to give Frankel his first test over a mile and a quarter, with races like the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown and the Juddmonte International at York obvious options.
“It was very pleasing the way he did it at Newbury,” the owner’s racing manager, Teddy Grimthorpe, said on Sunday morning.
“Obviously we were a bit apprehensive after the injury scare, but he’s done it really nicely so we’re delighted.
“I've spoken to Sir Henry this morning and the horse is fine and very pleased with himself.
“All being well, it will be Ascot next.
“I would think the Queen Anne would be the most likely race.”
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