Frankel frightening first-up at Newbury

Superstar colt Frankel ran away with Saturday’s G1 Lockinge Stakes in the style of a horse heading for another undefeated campaign.

Now a perfect 10 from 10, the world’s top-ranked racehorse promises to improve off his stellar comeback at Newbury on Saturday and that’s  a truly frightening prospect for his rivals.

Trainer Sir Henry Cecil has long believed that Frankel will be even better as a four-year-old and the Lockinge confirmed that claim.  Relaxing kindly in second behind his pacemaker Bullet Train, the Galileo colt showed no signs of the early aggressiveness that used to pose a problem.

Frankel (4c Galileo – Kind by Danehill) was unleashed by regular rider Tom Queally at the 400m pole and he burst clear in typically authoritative fashion.  Excelebration tracked the long odds-on favourite but could not match his devastating change of gear.  Once again, the Coolmore colt was forced to watch Frankel from afar in second spot.

“He has definitely got stronger this year,” Cecil said.  “He did have a slight setback last month and had a good blow after the race.  He’s always improved from his first race and you would expect him to do the same.”

Frankel is a Juddmonte Farms homebred and was a G1 winner of the Dewhurst Stakes at two.  He returned for further G1 triumphs in the English 2000 Guineas, St James’s Palace, Sussex Stakes and QE11 Stakes as a three year-old.

Yet to race beyond a mile, Frankel is expected to run in the G1 Queen Anne Stakes (1600m) at Royal Ascot next month before stretching out to 2000m later in the year.