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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Breeders' on Frankel radar

Henry Cecil already has one eye on next year's major prizes for Frankel as the unbeaten colt prepares to sign off for the season in the Qipco-sponsored Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

The Galileo colt justified the winter hype with a scarcely believable performance in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

And while he was not as flashy in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, he annihilated top older miler Canford Cliffs with an awesome performance in Goodwood's Sussex Stakes last time out.

He sticks to a mile for his final start of the year at Ascot on October 15, but Cecil is considering stepping him up to 10 furlongs next season -- with a trip to the Breeders' Cup a thrilling possibility.

"If he's retired next year, maybe the Prince (Khalid Abdullah, owner) will decide to finish in the Breeders' Cup, as he loves the Breeders' Cup," Cecil said. "I'm not sure I'd be too happy running him on dirt, but time will tell."

A succession of short-priced winners meant that a record totejackpot pool was shared out at Newmarket.

The kitty swelled to a massive £2,921,589.27 -- another best -- after £1,659,437.49 was staked on the day to add to a rollover of £1,262,152. With the longest-priced winner being 5/1 and two favourites and one joint market leader on target the dividend to a £1 unit was £16,610.50 meant there were £124.88 worth of winning tickets.

Ryan Moore is planning to take just a handful of rides when he returns to the saddle next week to ensure he is at the peak of his powers aboard Workforce in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

"The Arc is still the target and we'll ride at some point next week," Moore said.

Kevin Prendergast's three-year-old colt Dunboyne Express has been sold to race in Hong Kong.

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