Frankel repeats in Sussex

Updated: August 1, 2012, 4:41 PM ET
Brisnet



Superhorse Frankel duly won his 12th race Wednesday -- and eighth at Group 1 level -- when taking the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood for owner Prince Khalid Abdulla, trainer Sir Henry Cecil and jockey Tom Queally. The 1-20 favorite, Frankel won the Sussex for the second year running, scoring by an eased-down six lengths in 1:37.56 from Farhh.

"Every moment spent on his back is a special moment and today was no different," Queally said. "He is amazing. He had all the other horses cooked a little after half-way. "This was a nice prep for his next race. "He does it all very easily and therefore I have a very easy job -- all I have to do is steer."

Frankel was cheered down to the start and applauded afterwards as he paraded in front of the stands.

"Wasn't that a magnificent performance by the world's greatest!," said Teddy Grimthorpe, Prince Khalid's racing manager. "Settling him is going to be important for his future races and to get him into that nice rhythm on a good rein, but well held. Today he has done that and it will have been just what Henry was looking for.

"Henry was very firm in his view that he wanted to use this race as a stepping stone for the Juddmonte International at York [on August 22] and everything fell into place nicely. He's getting to be the finished article. I've often said you cannot come for races like this half prepared or you could end up looking stupid, so he came here pretty much on top of his game.

"There are two obvious races left for him, the (International) and the Champion Stakes [at Ascot October 20], but there is a gap of nearly two months between them and Henry may decide to give him a race in between, possibly something like the Prix du Moulin [at Longchamp].

"We've always said we want to do the right thing for the horse, and we've never shied away from a race. We just want to give him the best chance to show himself as the best, and if there's a race to do that in then we'll go for it. At the moment Ascot will be his farewell."

Frankel frightened off all but three rivals Wednesday [one was his pacemaker] and Grimthorpe was asked if it is possible the horse might retire from racing without ever revealing his true ability.

"We all have a pretty good idea how good he is now -- this is not the Pony Club and we're not trying to jump over every skittle," Grimthorpe said. "Who he takes on is something that is out of our hands. I'm biased, but I've never seen any horse as good as him."

Neither Sir Henry nor Prince Khalid were present for the Sussex -- Sir Henry is working from home while recovering from cancer treatment, while Prince Khalid has recently undergone back surgery in the United States.

Godolphin's racing manager Simon Crisford was far from surprised that Farhh had to settle for second best behind Frankel.

"We expected to finish second and that's what he did," Crisford said. "Farhh has run a good race but the winner was much too good for him. That wasn't a surprise, we didn't have to wait for today's race to find it out. I don't know where we will go now with him."

Just hours after Team Great Britain landed its first gold medal in the 2012 Olympics, the aptly-named Olympic Glory provided owner Julie Wood, trainer Richard Hannon and jockey Richard Hughes with back-to-back victories in the Group 2 Vintage Stakes with a last-gasp half-length victory over Artigiano.

"There was only one part of that race that was enjoyable and that was the last stride before the line," said Richard Hannon Jr., assistant trainer to his father.

"I thought he was going to get boxed in at one point with about a furlong to go," Wood said. "We were by the winning line so we knew that he had got it but it was the one time that you wanted the winning line to extend and not come closer. He carried his three-pound penalty well and he deserved it. Richard [Hughes] said he had a little difficulty coming round the bend but once he straightened up and got his legs he took off. He obviously gets the seven furlongs well and we'd have to be looking at races like the Dewhurst now."

Godolphin's racing manager Simon Crisford felt Artigiano and Tha'ir had bumped into a smart rival when respectively finishing second and fourth.

"I'm delighted with both of them," Crisford said. "We'll look to step Artigiano up to a mile next time and then Tha'ir could stay at seven or step up to a mile. We've no plans but we will have a look for both of them.

"We were always waiting for Olympic Glory to swoop in the last 100 yards so it wasn't a surprise when he came. He's a good horse and he upheld the Coventry Stakes form."