Grimthorpe: no worries over Queally

CONNECTIONS of Frankel have reiterated their faith in Tom Queally ahead of the Qipco Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.

So spectacular in the 2000 Guineas, the unbeaten colt got home by a diminishing three-quarters of a length from Zoffany in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, leading to much debate over riding tactics.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, told BBC Radio 5 Live: “The fact is Frankel is still unbeaten and part of that is due to Tom Queally. We have no worries about him and no worries about the horse.”

Queally, meanwhile, insists it is time for the horse to do the talking as Frankel’s eagerly-awaited clash with Canford Cliffs looms.

Speaking in his Racing UK blog, Queally said: “A lot of the build-up in the racing press over the last couple of weeks has naturally been on Frankel’s clash with Canford Cliffs in the Sussex Stakes.

“The rain’s been falling recently but there is a good forecast for next week, so the conditions should be OK.

“I guess most people would settle for good ground, but Frankel did win on soft on his debut and his Dewhurst win was on good to soft, so it shouldn’t affect him either way.

“As I said there has been a lot of media interest, and I think it’s time for the horses to do the talking now. Hopefully it will be a great spectacle and live up to all the expectations.

“It’s what racing is all about. There have been some great highlights during the season so far, and people are saying they can’t remember a Flat season with so many great stories.”

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