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Frankel Farewell Race Plot Thickens

Friday, 31st August 2012

Just when the racing community thought it was a flip-of-the-coin between the Gr1 Champion Stakes in the UK on October 20 and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on October 7 for the unbeaten Frankel's (Galileo-Kind, by Danehill) swansong, debate has intensified with prominent jockey Kieren Fallon weighing-in with the opinion that the champion's "career finale should come in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1)" to be run at Santa Anita Park in the US on November 3, reports thoroughbredtimes.com. In his Racing Post Weekender column Fallon noted, "For me there is only one race for Frankel and that is the Breeders' Cup Classic… He would win that on the snaff [bridle] and the Americans wouldn't know which way to turn." Interestingly, trainer Henry Cecil had not discounted the Breeders' Cup option when commenting in the Racing Post in April this year. "The Breeders' Cup is not ruled out completely… That would be a separate thought. Hopefully, he is going to stand in Europe as a turf horse. I think there is a good chance he will retire at the end of this year. Would it be fair to him at the end of the season going to a different surface with all the bustle? Time will tell." Unbeaten with 13 straight victories, most recently in the Gr1 Juddmonte International at York, Frankel "only has one or two starts remaining in his career". It is possible that the "colt could get a prep in the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (Fr-G1) on September 16 in France, which would mark his first race outside of England." Cecil summed up the situation on his website, "As for his next race, Frankel will tell me what is the best thing to do and obviously I will discuss it with the [owner Khalid Abdullah of Juddmonte Farms] and [Juddmonte racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe]… The Prince will make the final decision."

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