x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Healthy Frankel race ready

Frankel is on course to take on older horses for the first time in the Qipco Sussex Stakes at Goodwood next month.

Saudi Prince Khalid Abdullah, right, chatting with trainer Criquette Head, is hoping to have Frankel ready for a possible July 27 showdown with Canford Cliffs at Goodwood in the Qipco Sussex Stakes. Mychele Daniau / AFP
Saudi Prince Khalid Abdullah, right, chatting with trainer Criquette Head, is hoping to have Frankel ready for a possible July 27 showdown with Canford Cliffs at Goodwood in the Qipco Sussex Stakes. Mychele Daniau / AFP

 

Frankel is on course to take on older horses for the first time in the Qipco Sussex Stakes at Goodwood next month.

The unbeaten winner of the 2,000 Guineas and St James's Palace Stakes, who is owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, could be set for a showdown with Queen Anne Stakes victor Canford Cliffs in the mile showpiece on July 27.

"The Sussex Stakes seems to be the general idea," said Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to the Saudi prince. "He's come out of the race fine and he's in good nick, so I think at this moment we'll be heading there."

Whether the Henry Cecil-trained star then steps up in trip at the Juddmonte at York in August, over an extended 10 furlongs and sponsored by the owner, has yet to be decided.

"All the decisions, as far as the Juddmonte at York go, are made hopefully in the best interests of the horse," Grimthorpe went on. "Certainly, the Sussex looks a possible and realistic target for Frankel."

Workforce, another horse owned by Prince Khalid, showed his well-being ahead of the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown next Saturday with a pleasing spin on the gallops at Newmarket. Last year's Investec Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe hero, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, is sticking to 10 furlongs after winning the Brigadier Gerard Stakes over the course and distance last month.

"He worked nicely this morning at Newmarket. Everyone seemed very pleased. He picked up his lead horse nicely," Grimthorpe said.

"We're happy with him and he's heading to Sandown. He put in a pretty smart performance in the Brigadier Gerard. He's got a good turn of foot, so I don't see why the trip should worry him.

"Twice Over probably won't run - Confront could go as a pacemaker."

In what promises to be an intriguing Eclipse, Workforce is set to clash with the Australian import So You Think and possibly Ed Dunlop's filly Snow Fairy.

* Press Association