There was good news on two fronts for the Frankel camp on the weekend. The wonder colt is back on track for the G1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on May 19 after cantering at Newmarket on Friday and Saturday morning.
And his younger brother Noble Mission broke maiden ranks second time out at Newbury on Saturday.
Frankel (Galileo) has recovered from last week’s injury to his right foreleg according to trainer Sir Henry Cecil. “He’s fine and will hopefully be ready for the Lockinge,” Cecil said. “He is usually better for his first run and I don’t want him to go straight into the big races in the summer.”
Noble Mission (3c Galileo – Kind by Danehill) was pushed out to win the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Maiden Stakes (1600m). He represents the same connections of trainer Sir Henry Cecil, jockey Tom Queally and owner-breeder Khalid Adbullah as the unbeaten superstar.
Noble Mission was sent off the 3-1 favourite and, once asked to pick up the leaders, lengthened clear to score by more than three lengths. “The main thing was to get him settled and relaxed,” Cecil explained. “He will be going up in trip and will be better on firmer ground. But I’m just feeling my way with him.”
After the runaway victory, Noble Mission firmed into 25-1 for the English Derby at Epsom Downs on June 2.