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Cecil Says Frankel "Likely" To Stud At End Of 2012

Thursday, 21st June 2012

In the aftermath of Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farm home-bred Frankel (Galileo-Kind, by Danehill) continuing his rise to super-stardom when blitzing his rivals by a 11-lengths in the Gr1 Queen Anne Stakes (8 furlongs) at Royal Ascot, trainer Sir Henry Cecil noted the unbeaten 4YO entire is "still improving" & summed up: "It's a relief. Things have got to go right & no horse is a certainty. He is a great, great horse & you needn't ask me about him - you have seen him for yourselves, so everyone can form their own opinions. . . . . I don't understand the comparisons between different countries, generations & distances & how people say one horse is 1lb better than another. It's double-dutch to me. People have seen him & can judge for themselves. I've been lucky to have trained a lot of good horses like Wollow, Bolkinski, Bosra Sham & Kris & I have my view where they would have finished in a race together, but people can decide themselves. Black Caviar & Frankel are both champions in their own right over different distances & exceptional. You can't compare them & it makes no sense to race one against another. Well done to both of them & they are good for racing around the world." Cecil added: "You have to unleash Frankel in good time & then gallop the others into the ground. He's got that long stride & I wanted him produced between 2 & 2.5 furlongs because he takes some catching. He keeps going when other horses don't. He did exactly what I thought he would but he is still improving & Tom (Queally, jockey) said he is getting better. He looks as though he is going to stay 10 furlongs & we will leave our options open. . . . . He's getting stronger & learning to race properly & he'll definitely get 10 furlongs, it's just a matter of when we go (that distance). . . . . He could have 3 more races (this year) or he could have 4.  I would think he will go stud at the end of this year; it would be entirely up to the Prince (Khalid Abdulla) if he wanted to keep him in training at 5 (next year) but I think it's unlikely."

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