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Goodwood

  • 15:10 Qipco Sussex Stakes 1m

  • (British Champions Series) (Group 1) £316,500 added 3yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner £179,487 2nd £68,048 3rd £34,055 4th £16,964
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 37.56s
  • Off time: 15:11:31

Frankel expected to deliver

View from connections ahead of the Group One Qipco Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday.

Last Updated: 31/07/12 12:23pm

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Frankel: Very short price to win again

Frankel: Very short price to win again

Frankel has long ceased to be a lucrative betting option but very few will be hoping for anything other than another impressive victory for the world's top racehorse as he lines up in the Qipco Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Just three rivals, including his own lead horse and pacemaker Bullet Train, stand in the way of Sir Henry Cecil's colt taking his career record to a perfect 12 and those who like to back short-priced favourites will find no better odds than 1-16 at this stage.

Last year's renewal saw Frankel tear the brilliant Canford Cliffs apart and he looked as impregnable as ever on his most recent start in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

So step forward Farhh, supplemented by Godolphin after his brave second to Nathaniel in the Eclipse, and St James's Palace fifth Gabrial.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Prince Khalid Abdullah, said: "It was never destined to be an enormous field, so what can you do?

"He's in good shape, everyone seems very happy with his preparation, so he's going into the race in good form."

Grimthorpe still warns against complacency and said: "Frankel is definitely going to be the horse to beat - there is no doubt about that - but he still has to put his best foot forward.

"However, on the best form that he has shown he is going to be superior to most animals that turn up.

"We respect him (Farhh) as he was unlucky at Royal Ascot and ran a super race at Sandown in the Eclipse so he is a very legitimate horse."

Looking back on 12 months ago, when Frankel again faced just three opponents, Grimthorpe said: "I was really impressed with the way he did it, especially from the front.

"There was no question of Canford Cliffs doing what he didn't want to do at any stage and I thought Frankel put in a really powerful performance.

"He just kept increasing and increasing and it took him a long time to pull up afterwards.

"It was one of his best performances. We have been so spoilt with Frankel as he keeps putting in these incredible performances and so in terms of calibre of horse I am very biased - I don't think I have seen anything like Frankel before."

It is likely to be the four-year-old's final start over a mile, as Grimthorpe went on: "Frankel and Cirrus Des Aigles could certainly meet at York (in the Juddmonte International) because I understand Corine (Barande-Barbe, trainer of Cirrus Des Aigles) plans to bring Cirrus Des Aigles to the Knavesmire in August, which would be fantastic.

"In terms of racing it is always terribly hard to compare the different generations and I think you can only beat what is put in front of you and do the best you can.

"We look forward to taking on everybody and I think we are in such a lucky position with Frankel in how he has matured mentally and physically this year that we would be confident he could get a mile and a quarter, which therefore gives him the opportunity to take on different opponents."

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