Wednesday 27 July 2011

Henry Cecil Blog Update: Frankel

It was billed as the 'Duel on The Downs' - a clash between 2000 Guineas winner Frankel and the best of the older generation, four-time Group 1 winner Canford Cliffs.

But Frankel simply brushed his opposition aside with a stunning front running effort under Tom Queally.

Ideally Queally would have preffered to have settled his mount in behind but when they left the stalls it was clear that no one wanted to go on so he seized the initiave and Frankel settled into a smooth rhythm at the head of affairs.

Queally increased the tempo down the hill and had the other three runners off the bridle.

Canford Cliffs threathened brieftly but was never able to get close to Frankel who quickened again to surge further clear, winning by five lengths.

Trainer Sir Henry Cecil said: "I did think he could win very easily, but I thought I'd let the horse do the talking. I do respect the second an awful lot.

"It's been a marvellous day and he's a very good horse. I think he's the best I've ever seen."

Queally added: "He's absolutely amazing. I've said it before - he's a freak. He's got that turbo and he settled well today. He gradually picked himself up furlong by furlong and he was rolling before I wanted him to.

"I tried to have a look at the big screen but there was something blocking it. I kept squeezing away and he kept finding."

Frankel could next be seen trying 1m2f for the first time in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York.