Frankel back in action on the Newmarket gallops

Henry Cecil’s incredible colt Frankel stepped up his recovery from injury with a piece of work in Newmarket yesterday morning.

The Khalid Abdullah-owned son of Galileo stretched his unbeaten record to nine during a stellar 2011 campaign, with a breathtaking performance in the 2000 Guineas one of the highlights of his career so far.

There were anxious moments earlier this month when the four-year-old suffered a setback during routine exercise, but a scan on his leg last week confirmed the world’s highest-rated Flat horse had suffered no serious damage and he was given the green light to get back to work.

The JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on May 19 remains his intended comeback target, but the owner’s racing manager, Teddy Grimthorpe, is keen to take things one day at a time.

“He did a little bit of work this morning. It was nothing very much, it was just a gentle piece, but he strode out well and everyone was very pleased,” said Grimthorpe.

“We’ll just see how we go. It was his first bit of work (after the injury) and he’s going to have to continue to please everyone.

“It is still the intention to run in the Lockinge, but as I said, we’ll just see how we go.”

Frankel has been given entries in both the one-mile Queen Anne Stakes and the 10-furlong Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

Meanwhile Cirrus Des Aigles and So You Think, who fought out the finish to the Qipco Champion Stakes in October, are among 10 horse remaining in the Prix Ganay - Prix Air Mauritius at Longchamp on Sunday.

The French raider, trained by Corine Barande-Barbe, came out on top by three-quarters of a length from Aidan O’Brien’s charge at Ascot and is fresh from success in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan last month.

As well as the former Australian-trained star, O’Brien has left in Windsor Palace and Robin Hood at the latest acceptance stage for the Group One race over an extended mile and a quarter.

The Mikel Dezangles-trained Dunaden, winner of the Melbourne Cup and Hong Kong Vase has also stood his ground.

Alain de Royer-Dupre has both last year’s Prix du Jockey Club winner Reliable Man and Prix d’Harcourt scorer Giofra while Michael Bell’s globe-trotter Wigmore Hall, Saga Dream and Pagera make up the list.

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