Frankel stars at HQ

Frankel stars at HQ
Frankel stars at HQ
Sky Sports Racing News

Frankel, the highest-rated thoroughbred in the world, confirmed his well-being with a racecourse gallop before racing at Newmarket on Saturday.

Sir Henry Cecil colt’s future had thought to be in jeopardy after he suffered a leg injury on April 11 but he received the all-clear to race on following a positive scan a week later.

The unbeaten four-year-old moved through the gears in his preparation for the JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on May 19 with a most positive piece of work under Tom Queally.

Frankel, owned by Khalid Abdullah, was put through his paces up the Rowley Mile alongside regular lead-horse Bullet Train and Jet Away.

The son of Galileo took a keen hold for Queally and soon burst clear of his stable companions in his customary exuberant fashion, stretching clear in tremendous style.

Queally said: “He seems in very good order and it was a nice piece of work.

“It was just a stepping stone to get him to Newbury, you have to remember he is much better than the two horses that went with him, but he did it very nicely.”

Very Relaxed

Cecil said: “He really enjoyed himself and was very relaxed. Going down to the start he was switched off and after the work he had a little bit of a blow – you can’t be anything but pleased.

“He’s grown a bit, he’s stronger and he’s getting much more sensible. That was the worry, but now he is settling and maybe there will be more improvement to come.

“I think everything looks good for the Lockinge, before which he will need another two to three bits of work, but at the moment everything is fine.

“If the ground is soft (at Newbury) I don’t think that will worry him at all, and we know he gets a mile really well.”

Racing Manager

Abdullah’s racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said: “That’s a pleasing start to the process, and I hope it will do him a lot of good. He enjoyed it and strode out well.

“He was a little bit keen early on, but then got into his rhythm and showed us that beautiful flowing action.

“The main idea is to get him to Newbury, we are heading that way. He only missed a week and he is catching up nicely. You would have to be very pleased after that.”

Frankel was returning to the scene of one of his finest days on a racecourse when he turned in a simply breathtaking performance in last season’s 2000 Guineas.

Cecil’s inmate went on to claim the’St James’s Palace Stakes, the Sussex Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes during an unforgettable campaign which elevated him to the summit of the world thoroughbred rankings.

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