Frankel has been awarded a provisional Timeform rating of143 for his devastating success in the Juddmonte International, the fourth time that he has recorded a figure higher than 140. His master rating remains unchanged at147, with the style of victory on the Knavesmire leaving the impression that, one day, his rating may yet go higher.
The result was never in doubt as Frankel loomed up effortlessly on the bridle two furlongs out in the hands ofTom Queally, powering clear of his rivals to register another extremely comfortable success. Farhh just held off St Nicholas Abbey to grab second, seven lengths behind Henry Cecil’s star colt.
Queally said: “I suspected they’d go a good gallop, but we had our plan in place. It panned out nicely – he won ever so well. It’s a fantastic training performance.”
Queally added: “I gave them enough of a lead for the pace we were going and he won ever so well. He’s certainly as good (over a mile and a quarter as a mile). Every man and his dog seemed to want to put their penny’s worth in to say where he should run, but to run him in the owner’s race and for him to make it 13 out of 13 speaks for itself. I’m delighted to be a part of it.
Sir Henry Cecil added: “That was great, wasn’t it? It’s fantastic. It’s great for Yorkshire, they are very supportive of racing and they deserve to see him.”
Asked how it made him feel, the trainer said: “Twenty years better.”
When asked about Frankel’s future targets, Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for Prince Abdullah, said: “He’s not in there (the Arc). Henry didn’t want him in the race and he’d have to be supplemented. There will be a discussion and we’ll have to see. The plan was always Ascot (Champion Stakes or QEII) but we’ll have to see how he comes out of race.”