Just Champion for Frankel as trainer Cecil sets his sights on Ascot for final run
21:26 GMT, 23 August 2012
The Champion Stakes at Ascot on
October 20 is still the likeliest race for Frankel's final run despite
his team admitting that the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe has not been
Coral quote Sir Henry Cecil's
unbeaten colt at 1-4 favourite (with a run) for the Arc after his
seven-length romp in Wednesday's Juddmonte International Stakes at York.
Plan: Lord Grimthorpe
But Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khaled Abdullah, said: 'The whole point of my job is to lay out the possibilities but we want to do the best for the horse and not be greedy with him.
'You have to discuss the other options. He is not in the Arc so it would need serious discussion but, at this moment, the Champion Stakes is favourite.'
Grimthorpe, who reported that Frankel had come back to the yard 'looking very pleased with himself', conceded that Cecil has always favoured the Champion Stakes, run for the first time on the new British Champions Day last year, and said that there would be no change in the plan to retire Frankel at the end of the season.
He added: 'The best time to leave a party is when you least want to go.
BLOW FOR MOORE
Sidelined jockey Ryan Moore had cause to curse his luck still further after watching title rival Richard Hughes steer 9-2 chance Rosdhu Queen to a smooth victory over Baileys Jubilee in York's Jaguar Lowther Stakes.
Moore broke his wrist at Warwick on Tuesday evening after a fall from Cresta Star, ironically a filly that Hughes would probably have been riding if he had not been suspended that day.
Hughes, now 1-6 favourite to land his first jockeys title after moving on to 99 wins, three behind Moore, sympathised with his colleague saying 'Sometimes there does not seem any justice.'
Hughes has a full book of rides at York today including three juvenile mounts for his guv'nor and father-in-law Richard Hannon on Pearl Acclaim, Wentworth and Indignant.
'Nice though it would be to carry on , he has given us three unbelievable years.'
However, providing the going is not soft, the Arc is a serious option for Alain de Royer-Dupre's Shareta after she caught John Gosden's 7-4 favourite The Fugue in the final 100 yards of yesterday's Yorkshire Oaks to win by a neck.
Shareta, whose first objective is the Prix Vermeille at Longchamp on September 16, finished second to Danedream in last year's Arc and that will be her main target again, weather permitting.
On a rare bad day for Gosden this season, his Royal Ascot winner Newfangled was being assessed last night after injuring a pelvis and being pulled up after a furlong of the Lowther Stakes won by William Haggas's Rosdhu Queen.
The hope is that Newfangled will be saved but sadly the career of a filly who headed the betting for next year's 1,000 Guineas yesterday morning now looks over.
Irish trainer Dermot Weld saddled his second winner on the Knavesmire in successive days when the lightly-raced Pale Mimosa won the Galtres Stakes.
Having just her third start, Pat Smullen brought her down the centre of the track and she pulled two-and-a-quarter lengths clear of the Queen's Sequence. She will now be aimed at the Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster.
Weld, who was successful with Olympiad in the staying handicap on the opening day of the meeting, said: 'It was a terrific performance. We have been waiting for a bit of decent ground for her.'