Juddmonte Farm’s Frankel, the top rated horse in the world, has been cleared to resume training after an ultrasound scan April 18 did not reveal any tendon damage.
The scan was conducted after the undefeated colt sustained what was called a “superficial” injury to his off-foreleg during a gallop at Newmarket April 11. X-Rays taken of the 4-year-old son of Galileo immediately after the incident showed he had sustained no bone damage.
Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for Prince Khalid Abdullah, said Frankel will resume a normal training schedule, with no “set agenda for his future racing program, which will be determined by the progress he makes.”
Grimthorpe said the JLT Lockinge Stakes (Eng-I) at Newbury, for which the champion colt was being pointed prior to the injury, has not been ruled out.
“I was always hopeful there would be no lasting damage even though there was quite a lot of fluid and blood inside the (tendon) sheath," Sir Henry Cecil, the colt's trainer, said at Newmarket April 18. "The scan was obviously important because it may prove you wrong, but the scan this morning was 100% on both the sheath and the tendon.
"He has missed two bits of work but he has done plenty of walking and trotting over the last five days. We will feel our way. I would love to get him to Newbury (for the JLT Lockinge Stakes May 15). I don’t fancy going to Royal Ascot in June, on a stiff course against seasoned horses, without a run beforehand. I’m hoping he might still be all right for Newbury.”
Frankel is nine-for-nine with five group I victories and earnings of $2,210,961. He hasn’t raced since last October at Ascot and is rated the top horse on the World Thoroughbred Rankings.