Train on track to help Frankel

FRANKEL is likely to have the help of his stablemate and three-parts brother Bullet Train as a pacemaker in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot next month.

Bullet Train leads the brilliant three-year-old colt in all his work at home and trainer Henry Cecil wants to ensure the Qipco-sponsored Group One over a mile is run at a proper gallop.

“I don’t want Frankel to lead all the way. Hopefully there will be a decent pace and we don’t need Bullet Train, but he is there to make sure it is a sensible pace for Frankel whatever the others do,” said the Warren Place maestro.

“He’s a three-parts brother, he’s a very good lead horse, he leads him in all his work at home.

“He’s a year older, he’s not in the same class, but he is a Classic trial winner. He’ll make sure they won’t crawl around.”

While believing there is no such thing as a certainty, Cecil admits defeat would be hard to take if he has Frankel at his best on the day (October 15).

“If I can get him right I’d be very disappointed if he doesn’t win,” he said.

“He’s got a great chance if I can get him there as I want to.

“I don’t think he’ll really mind what the ground is. I wouldn’t mind if it did get a little bit soft. He’s a Galileo, Sadler’s Wells, he will go with a bit of give in the ground.

“He’s won with give in the ground and he’s won on fast ground. I think he will get away with whatever ground it is.”

Frankel is one of 14 remaining in the Group One, with rapidly-improving French filly Immortal Verse, trained by Robert Collet, reported to be bang on target for the mouthwatering clash.

Aidan O’Brien can choose from Await The Dawn, So You Think and Zoffany, while Richard Hannon is likely to run both Dubawi Gold and Dick Turpin.

Marco Botti’s Excelebration remains in the mix, with Godolphin leaving in both Poet’s Voice and Rio De La Plata.

Andrew Balding’s Side Glance and French Guineas winner Tin Horse are also possibles.

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