Frankel to Work at Newmarket Sept. 29
Trainer Sir Henry Cecil is expected to bring the undefeated champion Frankel out for a gallop (workout) at Newmarket Racecourse before the start of racing Sept. 29.
Juddmonte Farms' homebred son of Galileo will be joined in the exercise by Bullet Train and Midsummer Sun as part Frankel's preparation for the 1 1/4-mile QIPCO Champion Stakes held Oct. 20 at Ascot. The race is part of British Champions Day.
Frankel last raced Aug. 22 in the 1 5/16-mile Juddmonte International Stakes (Eng-I) at York where he was tested for the first time beyond a mile. He will be ridden by Tom Queally, who has piloted Frankel in all 13 of his races.
"I am keen for the experience to feel like a race for Frankel so will saddle at the course before the three horses take a couple of turns in the main parade ring," said Cecil. "The gallop will be over a mile and one furlong and the intention is for Frankel to go to the winner's enclosure afterwards."
The workout is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. (GMT) with owner Prince Khalid Abdullah's silks being worn by all three jockeys. Joining Queally in the racecourse workout will be two of Sir Henry's stable grooms, Shane Fetherstonhaugh (Midsummer Sun) and Danny Dunnachie (Bullet Train).
Frankel is officially the highest-rated horse in the world, according to Timeform.
"We are thrilled that Frankel will be with us at the start of one of our best day's racing of the year. And what's great from our perspective is that we are forecast a dry and sunny day for it," said Amy Starkey, Newmarket's managing director. "Saturday represents a brilliant opportunity for people in the East region—and beyond—the chance to come and get close to the greatest racehorse in the world.
"Horses like Frankel don't come along very often, so from my own perspective, I want to see as much of him as I possibly can—and the team at Newmarket Racecourses all feel similarly excited about the prospect."
The Sept. 29 forecast is for a dry day with sunny breaks and temperatures of around 16 degrees Celsius (61 F).
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