Friday 19 January 2018

Cecil can't help feeding Frankel hype

Henry Cecil did little to dampen the ever-increasing excitement about Frankel ahead of next week's Dubai Dewhurst Stakes -- despite some efforts to the contrary.

The multiple-champion trainer believes the colt to be as promising as any two-year-old to have passed through his hands in almost 40 years, a comment he first made after he took the Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot by an effortless 10 lengths.

Frankel went through his paces up the Warren Hill gallops in Newmarket yesterday morning and Cecil reports the son of Galileo to be in perfect condition. "Frankel seems in great order," said Cecil. "He picked everything up very easily and has started to show more and more.

"I wanted him to run again down here in the Dewhurst, when the ground is more likely to be good, and I can finish him up earlier than if I ran him in the Racing Post Trophy.

""He's entitled to go there -- I'm not suggesting he is going to win -- but it would be nice if (he) could go away at the end of the season as a Group One winner."

Frankel is already a short price for next year's 2000 Guineas and his odds will contract further if he is to defeat a field a week on Saturday which may well include Dream Ahead, Native Khan and Saamidd.

"He's exciting," continued Cecil. "We haven't had a lot of early type horses but, as a two-year-old, he's probably as good as any I've had for a long time -- going back to Wollow and Diesis, who were very good horses.


"But there's an awful lot of hype about horses. If he were to win the Dewhurst I'd be very happy, but it's easy to build them up."

Looking towards Frankel's possibilities next season, Cecil said: "It's all positive he'll train on at three and hopefully he's a Guineas horse.

"There is a question of how far he will stay. If I were to then train him for the Derby and he didn't stay a mile and a half, you can mess them up if you bring them back in distance.

"Otherwise you would look at the St James's Palace route. He'll tell us what to do."

Ed Dunlop has yet to choose between the Dewhurst and Racing Post Trophy for Native Khan.

After making a winning debut at the Newmarket July meeting, the striking grey carried on the habit in the Solario Stakes at Sandown.

"Ryan Moore rode him this morning and the Dewhurst is under consideration, and the Racing Post is too," said Dunlop. "They are the only options. The Dewhurst may be the best race it has been for 10 years and I'm under no illusions about that -- if he was placed there then that would be great.

"The decision won't be made until we know what's running and what the ground is like.

"Kieren Fallon has ridden him, as has Eddie Ahern, and that is something we haven't decided about."

Dunlop continued: "I have always felt he wants decent ground and if it is soft everywhere, he won't run again this year.

"I'm hoping he'll stay at least 10 furlongs and, as he is French-bred, the French Derby could be a race for him. But he could appear in the Guineas, if he's good enough."

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