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Nobody who got up early to watch the mighty Frankel go through his paces on his final gallop at Newmarket could have been disappointed with what they saw, as the world’s best horse put up a stunning exhibition to beat his galloping companion by as many as 20 lengths, writes Elliot Slater.
The upcoming Group 1 Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 20 is widely expected to be Frankel’s final competitive race – and fans’ last chance to favour the horse with a bet on horse racing.
The brilliant unbeaten colt looked imperious under his regular work rider, Sean Feathersonehaugh, who got an immediate response when he asked the son of Galileo to quicken past the 102-rated Midsummer Sun, ridden in his work by the wonder horse's ever-present big-race partner Tom Queally.
Powering away with the minimum of encouragement, Henry Cecil's charge left his work companion trailing in the distance, as he completed a piece of work that left all observers in no doubt that the great Sir Henry Cecil-trained colt remains as good, if not better than ever, and will surely win on his swansong unless something completely unexpected occurs.
The winner of all 13 career starts and, most recently, a seven-length scorer from the smart pair of Farhh and St Nicholas Abbey in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York in August, it appears all but certain that the 1/10 favourite will be in action for the final time at Ascot.
He will fittingly be faced by two of the world’s other leading performers – Cirrus Des Aigles and Nathaniel, two horses proving popular in the placepot tips today.
While neither of his challengers is expected to beat the favourite, the feeling is that he might be given more of a workout than has been the case at any other time this season, and the prospect of the three-cornered fight has already seen bookings for the showcase Group 1 contest go through the roof.
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