Frankel can still get better - Sir Henry Cecil
October 14, 2011
All roads lead to Ascot tomorrow for the ground-breaking QIPCO British Champions Day – the most valuable race meeting ever staged in this country.
With five group races, the total prize money tops £3 million.
Most of the the equine stars of the the Flat season will compete at one of the world’s greatest sporting venues on one momentous day.
Heading a star-studded line-up is Frankel, a horse that will go down as one of the all-time greats
Sir Henry Cecil’s star, with Tom Queally aboard, will face seven rivals when he puts his unbeaten record on the line in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (3.35).
Cecil said: “Frankel is still an improving horse. Hopefully it will be a nicely run race and he will do what we expect.
“He was not easy early on but has grown up a lot and has improved physically. He has been going really well.
“It looks like there are one or two good horses in the race and no race is a formality. There is no such thing as a ‘good thing’ but I am very happy with him.”
Frankel will be joined at the start by stablemate and likely pacemaker Bullet Train.
Excelebration (Jamie Spencer) and Immortal Verse (Gerald Mosse) lead the opposition, while Richard Hughes has opted to partner Dick Turpin of Richard Hannon’s two runners. Johnny Murtagh takes the ride on Dubawi Gold.
Last year’s winner Poet’s Voice (Frankie Dettori) is Godolphin’s sole representative.
Andrew Balding’s Side Glance completes the field.