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Frankel won't be denied as prince targets perfect 12

SHORTLY after the opening Tote Pick Six Maiden Hurdle concludes at Galway tomorrow, most eyes will be fixed towards the nearest television or big screen to witness the mighty Frankel who puts his unbeaten record on the line for the 12th occasion.

Frankel will tomorrow face just three rivals, two of which are there to beat him, Farhh and Gabrial, while the other, Bullet Train, his half brother, is there to ensure the pace is just right for his younger and far more superior stable companion.

It will be the third outing of Frankel's season, a season in which many of us presumed he'd be enjoying life on green pastures at stud covering only the very best of mares, however, Prince Khalid Abdullah had other ideas and he'd no intention of denying racing from his greatest horse after just two seasons.

The Prince took the approach that he dreams of someday breeding and owning a champion racehorse such as Frankel so why retire him prematurely and not reach maximum enjoyment levels when he had so much winning still to do.


On his seasonal debut back in May he was sent off a cagey 2/7, before his career best performance when winning at Royal Ascot by 11 lengths when made the 1/10 favourite.

Not since making his debut, a half-a-length win over Nathaniel, has Frankel been sent off odds-against and the combined margin of his victories stands at 61-and-a-quarter lengths prior to tomorrow's outing. He is simply a horse of a lifetime, who has been trained impeccably by a trainer of a lifetime.

Unfortunately, Henry Cecil won't be able to oversee things at Goodwood tomorrow as he has described himself as "not quite fit enough to go racing yet," following some more cancer treatment, but he added; "I am able to train my horses."

Cecil continued: "Everything has gone as we could have wished with Frankel since the Queen Anne Stakes.

"We have him an easy time immediately after Royal Ascot before bringing him into fast work.

"He has pleased us with his work and is going to the Sussex Stakes in good shape.

"We are taking one race at a time with him and are hoping that he can extend his unbeaten record."