Cecil stays at home as Frankel reduced to 1/25

Sir Henry Cecil is usually on hand to supervise the saddling up of Frankel, but he won’t be at Goodwood at all this week, so the task will fall to others in the Warren Place team.

The Newmarket trainer will clearly be disappointed not to be there to see his star charge extend his unbeaten run to 12 (miracles do happen, but not in the Sussex), but following his latest round of treatment for cancer, he’ll be resting up at home.

He posted on his website, "Unfortunately, I won't be at Goodwood on Wednesday as I have been undergoing some treatment. Although I am able to train my horses I'm not quite fit to go racing yet, but I hope to be fully recovered in the near future. Everything has gone as we could have wished with Frankel since the Queen Anne Stakes. We gave him an easy time immediately after Royal Ascot before bringing him back into fast work. He has pleased us with his work and is going to the Sussex Stakes in good shape. We are taking one race at a time with him and are hoping that he can extend his unbeaten record."

For the second year in a row Frankel faces just three rivals in the Sussex Stakes, and for a second year, Frankel is an odds on favourite. Last year, defeat by Canford Cliffs was considered possible, and Frankel was sent off at 8/13. This year the Sussex will probably be one of the quietest betting heats of the week, as the best odds available are 1/16, and Bet365 are already much shorter than that, at 1/25. How much further can they go?

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