McGrath: Frankel’s ‘duty’ is the Breeders’ Cup Classic

by | 08.01.2011 | 12:48pm
Frankel, shown winning the 2011 Qipco 2000 Guineas. Golden Horn joins Frankel as being the only other British 3yo to be rated at 130 pounds

In his column at Britain's The Independent, Chris McGrath writes that trainer Sir Henry Cecil should seriously consider running Frankel in this year's Breeders' Cup and not in the Mile but in the Classic.  So far, Cecil has suggested Frankel will wrap up his year in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot October 15, three weeks prior to the Breeders' Cup.  McGrath says there's plenty of precedent for Cecil to continue on to the BC Classic at Churchill Downs in November:

“His pace, balance and stride have long suggested that Frankel would be sensational on dirt. If connections are fearful of losing his immaculate record on an alien surface, then it has become as much of a burden as a distinction. Without testing his versatility moreover, they have little business acclaiming him as anything more than an exceptional turf miler.”

“Three weeks is still a feasible interval and there should be ample fuel left in the tank. Raven's Pass started off in a Guineas trial too, and then took in the same three Group Ones as has Frankel this season – except he also squeezed in another one at Chantilly, between Ascot and Goodwood. He then won the Celebration Mile, before going on to the QEII and California. If anything, Henrythenavigator had an even tougher schedule…”

“If they want a fitting memorial to Bobby Frankel, Abdullah and Cecil know their duty. Because if his namesake sits out the Classic, Bobby will be looking down and shaking his head. You can almost hear those punchy Brooklyn tones: “Best horse ever, huh?”

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