Frankel closes in on race record
Racing Editor for The Age
THE world record for consecutive group 1 wins is within reach for the world’s best thoroughbred after the unbeaten Frankel won his second Sussex Stakes and his 12th race overall at Goodwood early yesterday.
The Juddmonte International at York on August 22 looms as the next target for Frankel and victory there, at his first attempt at 2000 metres, would eclipse the current record he co-holds for consecutive group 1 wins with Rock Of Gibraltar at seven. Bookmakers sent Frankel out at $1.05 in the Sussex Stakes and his supporters had few concerns as the superstar ran clear for a soft six-length victory over Farrh and Gabrial, and by doing so equalled the widest winning margin in the Sussex Stakes set by Krakatoa in 1949.
Frankel’s racing career is nearing an end but it is possible he could have three more starts – taking his final tally to 15 – before beginning life as an elite stallion. The Juddmonte is set in stone but as his final race – the group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 20 – is two months later, Frankel may make his first international foray to a race like the group 1 Prix de Moulin over 1600 metres at Longchamp in September to ensure he remains in peak fitness for his farewell race.
Jockey Tom Queally said after the Sussex Stakes win: ”Every moment spent on his back is a special moment and today was no different. 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.”
At Goodwood tonight, Australian mare Ortensia continues on her European campaign in the group 2 King George Stakes before lining up later in the month in the group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York. Ortensia, who won the group 1 turf sprint in Dubai on World Cup night, finished fourth at her past start in the group 1 July Cup at Newmarket.