Frankel has no trouble with glorious 12th success at Goodwood
• Colt beats Farhh by six lengths in Sussex Stakes
• He equals record for consecutive European Group Ones
- guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 1 August 2012 15.38 BST
Frankel was an imperious winner of the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday, beating his three rivals as easily as odds of 1-20 suggested he would. In doing so, he became the first horse to win the mile race twice and equalled the record of seven consecutive wins in European Group One races, set a decade ago by Rock Of Gibraltar.
His pacemaker, Bullet Train, set a modest early pace and Frankel settled in second. His only serious rival, Godolphin’s Farhh, raced in third and never looked like getting in a serious blow.
The only real contest involved here was won by Gabrial, who ran on to snatch third-place prize money of £34,000 from the tiring Bullet Train, the best outcome his connections could have hoped for. In the meantime, Frankel had sauntered six lengths clear of Farhh.
It is expected that Frankel, now unbeaten in 12 outings, will have just two more races, in the Juddmonte International at York on 22 August and in the Champion Stakes at Ascot on 20 October. Both those races will require him to step up to a mile and a quarter, he having raced only over a mile so far.
Sir Henry Cecil, the winning trainer, missed seeing Frankel for the first time as he recovers from his latest round of chemotherapy for the stomach cancer that has afflicted him for six years. This was Cecil’s third winner at the Glorious meeting, which started on Tuesday and runs to Saturday. It was also a third success for the jockey, Tom Queally.
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Sent off at 1-20 by punters for his 12th win in as many career starts, there was never a moment of doubt as Tom Queally oozed confidence on the world’s greatest racehorse.
Stablemate Bullet Train was employed as a pacemaker for Sir Henry Cecil’s superstar, with Frankel taking over early in the straight.
Farhh tried to go with him under Frankie Dettori but he just didn’t have the legs, the runner-up beaten by six lengths that doesn’t do Frankel’s superiority any justice.
He was eased down in the final stages by Queally who was clearly already thinking of future tasks, such as the Juddmonte International at York later this month.
Farhh had been supplemented for the race following two excellent runs at the highest level, finishing third in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot and second in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.
But it was clear rounding the home turn that he would not be troubling Frankel as Frankie Dettori was already hard at work just to keep up, as was Paul Hanagan on Gabrial.
Bullet Train did his job perfectly and the change of gear shown by Frankel once asked to stretch by Queally was again mesmerising.
Queally said: “Every moment spent on his back is a special moment and today was no different. He’s amazing, he had all the other horses cooked just after halfway and it was a nice prep for his next race.
“He’s a class apart from anything else at the moment, he does it all very easily therefore I have a very easy job, all I have to do is steer.
“These are magic moments and it’s great to be part of it.”
Teddy Grimthorpe, owner Khalid Abdullah’s racing manager, said: “It was set up really, really well. Bullet Train went a nice gallop for him and he just increased when he needed to.
“Tom let him roll down the hill and then let out a few inches of rein, then he just quickened as he does which is so fantastic – he put it to bed in a few strides, which is him.
“It’s a pleasure to watch him. He’s much more mature, both mentally and physically.
“Henry and everyone at Warren Place have done a fantastic job, it’s been a great effort to get him spot on.
“I think it’s hugely exciting that he’s going to step up in trip (for the Juddmonte International), it’s a new challenge for him and it’s what everybody wants to see him do and he’s ready to do it.
“We are lucky to have him and racing is fortunate, he’s just a remarkable equine.”
Commenting further on plans, Grimthorpe said: “Obviously the two main races for him are the Juddmonte (August 22) and the Champion Stakes (at Ascot on October 20), but there are two months between them and Henry may decide he should run in a race like the Moulin (at Longchamp on September 16).”
Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said of Farhh: “We weren’t expecting to win but he’s run a good race.
“The winner was much too good, as we knew beforehand. We didn’t need to wait until the race to find that out.
“I don’t know where we’ll go next.”
Richard Fahey said of third home Gabrial: “The winner is a wonderful horse. I think the most incredible horse we’ve ever seen.
“Hopefully we won’t have to race him again and I think that was as good as our horse is.”