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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Frankel's in line for Juddmonte

Henry Cecil's exciting juvenile Frankel looks set to put his unbeaten record on the line in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes on Saturday week.

The Galileo colt made a winning debut at Newmarket and then propelled himself up the ante-post lists for the 2000 Guineas and the Derby with a brilliant display at Doncaster.

The youngster holds a number of Group-race entries for the remainder of the campaign, but at this stage he looks set to head to Ascot before stepping up to the highest level for the Racing Post Trophy in October.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for owner Prince Khalid Abdullah, said: "Frankel's fine and everyone seems happy with him. At the moment Henry is more keen to go to the Juddmonte Royal Lodge and then possibly the Racing Post Trophy."



Options kept open for Derby ace Workforce

Michael Stoute's Workforce enjoyed a workout on Wednesday morning as connections consider the options for the Derby winner.

The Khalid Abdullah-owned colt appeared to be destined for greatness after his devastating display at Epsom but he looked a shadow of that horse when beaten into fifth in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.

The owner's racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe insists any decisions on Workforce's next race have still to be made.

"The horse worked this morning and Michael seemed happy with him, but there have been no decisions made yet," said Grimthorpe.



Durcan wants to break Scotland's 35-year jinx

Ted Durcan has been snapped up by Jim Goldie to ride Hawkeyethenoo in the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup on Saturday.

And the jockey would love to steer the first Scottish-trained runner to a win in the big sprint handicap for 35 years.

Durcan, who has ridden the four-year-old once before when second over five furlongs at Epsom in June, comes in for the mount as Kieren Fallon is at Newbury.

"This horse has been in excellent form. He won his last race well up in York and I know Mr Goldie has been really happy with the horse," said Durcan.

"In a race like this you need luck in running, but he's a lovely ride to have. I think the six furlongs up at Ayr should suit him and I'm really looking forward to riding him.

"It's been a long time since a Scottish horse won it so let's hope we can rectify that on Saturday."

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