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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Frankel in fine form

Tom Queally is confident a reproduction of Frankel's spellbinding performance in the 2000 Guineas will be enough to see him follow up in Tuesday's St James's Palace Stakes.

Just as in the first Classic of the season, Henry Cecil's colt is once again set to go off at long odds-on for his eagerly-anticipated return to the track and his big-race jockey can hardly wait.

"He seems fine -- the horse has been good," Queally said. "He's come out of the race well and we're hopeful he can keep his unblemished record intact.

"If he's as good as he was at Newmarket, that should be good enough. He should put on a good show on the day."

The Richard Hannon-trained Dubawi Gold chased home Frankel in the Guineas at Newmarket and also filled second spot in the Irish equivalent.

Hannon's son and assistant, Richard Jnr, could not be happier with the colt's condition and is looking forward to Tuesday's contest.

"He's absolutely flying and he's done very well," Hannon Jnr said.

Grand Prix Boss is a fine contender and the Yoshito Yahagi-trained colt has impressed in Japan, but racing manager Keita Tanaka acknowledges he faces his stiffest task on Tuesday.

"Every horse has a chance and we've brought the best three-year-old miler in Japan so it's exciting," Tanaka said.

"If we thought Frankel was unbeatable, we wouldn't have come here."

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