Just a fabulous equine

“He’s just a fabulous equine,” Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for Khalid Abdullah, eulogised after Frankel had cruised to a second Sussex Stakes win at Goodwood, and a 12th unbeaten run.

Truly that’s exactly what it looked like as Frankel put Farhh in his place and left Gabrial trailing, with pacemaker Bullet Train in his expected last place. Frankel’s starting price of 1/20 reminded everyone that this wasn’t ever going to be more taxing than a piece of work at home in Newmarket. He took up the running early in the straight and simply powered clear in a few strides for a six-length victory.

Jockey Tom Queally said: "Every moment spent on his back is a special moment and today was no different. He's amazing, he had all the other horses cooked just after halfway and it was a nice prep for his next race. He's a class apart from anything else at the moment, he does it all very easily therefore I have a very easy job, all I have to do is steer. These are magic moments and it's great to be part of it."

For his next race Frankel steps up to a mile and a quarter for the Juddmonte at York, and that does bring with it the possibility of a horse actually giving him something to do in his race. There’s talk that Aidan O’Brien will send St Nichols Abbey over, and that would be a good thing.

Even so, it won’t matter what the stats and trends say for the Juddmonte. Frankel will either confirm them or prove himself the winner that doesn’t conform to them. I’m looking forward to it already.

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