x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Frankel's preparation is by the numbers

Frankel's handlers will leave nothing to chance as they prepare him for a run in three weeks time at Ascot's Champion Stakes, says Geoffrey Riddle.

Frankel's handlers are leaving nothing to chance in preparing him for the Champion Stakes at Ascot in three weeks.
Frankel's handlers are leaving nothing to chance in preparing him for the Champion Stakes at Ascot in three weeks.

Connections of Frankel are not taking any chances with his preparation for his intended target of the Champion Stakes and will give him a racecourse gallop under race conditions on Saturday.

Frankel maintained his unbeaten record when picking up his 13th career victory by thrashing St Nicholas Abbey and Godolphin's Farhh in the Juddmonte International at York Racecourse five weeks ago.

The Champion Stakes, staged at Ascot over 10 furlongs, is just over three weeks away and connections behind the world's highest-rated horse do not want to leave anything to chance.

"We are going to try to make it like race conditions, whether Frankel will be fooled by that is another matter," Lord Grimthorpe, the racing manager to owner Prince Khalid Abdullah, told Racing UK, a British racing channel.

"He will go through all the correct motions. He will be saddled, will take a turn in the paddock and will go down and have a good workout of just under a mile."

Frankel will be accompanied in the public gallop at Newmarket Racecourse by his regular work partner Bullet Train, and stablemate Midsummer Sun.

The trio will work over around seven furlongs.

As there are two Group 1 races on the ensuing card, the Newmarket executive expects a bumper crowd. Saturday's card is the final day of Newmarket's Cambridgeshire meeting, which also features tomorrow's Group 1 Fillies' Mile.

Certify bids to hand Godolphin a third successive victory in the race, following the Dubai-based operation's previous wins with Lyric Of Light and White Moonstone.

Certify, who is trained by Mahmoud Al Zarooni and will be ridden by Mickael Barzalona, will face just six rivals.

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