Like ‘Ol’ Man River’ the sensational Frankel ‘just keeps rolling along’, extending his unbeaten sequence to 12 in facile fashion as he coasted to an untroubled success in the Group 1 Qipco Sussex Stakes on day two of the Glorious Goodwood fixture, writes Elliot Slater.
The presence of the Sir Henry Cecil-trained equine superstar brought a huge crowd to Goodwood on a bright summer afternoon, with plenty of punters who regularly bet on racing ready to watch a superstar in the flesh.
This was even though all present didn’t need to read horse racing tips to know that Frankel faced only three rivals, just one of whom, Farhh, could conceivably be considered any sort of danger to the horse who has blown apart every rival that has lined up against him over the last three seasons.
After taking the preliminaries very much in his stride the 1/20 favourite went to post in his normal smooth as silk fashion after which the high profile race itself appeared to go absolutely to plan as his pacemaker and half-brother Bullet Train set out to make it a searching gallop.
Tom Queally soon had Frankel tracking the early leader and after taking over the running at the three furlong pole the son of Galileo soon had Farhh, (a high quality performer in his own right who made the high-class Nathaniel pull out all the stop when going under by just half-a-length to John Gosden’s star in the Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown three weeks earlier), in serious trouble. Try as Dettori might, his mount was left toiling in Frankel’s wake as Queally eased away in the fashion of an exercise canter to score by a stunning six lengths.
With Cecil not on hand (due to ill health) to greet his winner, it was Queally who when asked if Frankel would be any better going over 10 furlongs for the first time in the Juddmonte International at York in August, responded with a wry smile, “Do you really think he needs to get any better than that?”