No Irish Champion date for Frankel

Henry Cecil feels the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes does not fit into Frankel’s schedule after taking the world-beating colt out of the Leopardstown Group One.

The four-year-old son of Galileo stretched his unbeaten record to 10 races with a devastating performance in the JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

Frankel will not, however, take up an assignment in Ireland on September 8, for which stablemate Twice Over is still one of 50 entries.

Cecil said: “It’s a great race and everything, but it’s not in his programme.

“If, say, he’s going to go for the Sussex Stakes (Goodwood, August 1) and then the Juddmonte (York, August 22), then he can’t run in that, too.

“We can’t enter him in everything.”

lLast year’s Temple Stakes winner Sole Power is one of 13 declared runners in tomorrow’s renewal at Haydock.

The first-time mount of British champion jockey Paul Hanagan, Eddie Lynam’s sprinter has already been successful at Group One level in the Nunthorpe Stakes and warmed up for the European season in Dubai, where he finished second on two occasions.

In opposition is last year’s Prix de l’Abbaye winner Tangerine Trees, the Group One-winning veteran Borderlescott and the Roger Charlton-trained Bated Breath, who has gone very close at the highest level.

Robert Cowell did not declare King’s Stand winner Prohibit, with Jim Crowley taking the mount on stablemate Spirit Quartz, while the Newmarket trainer also runs Monsieur Joe.

Confessional, Elusivity, Masamah, Medicean Man and Swiss Dream will also be representing the older horses, while Kevin Ryan’s Bapak Chinta and the Richard Hannon-trained Lowther complete the field.

* Marco Botti has booked Joseph O’Brien for Law Of The Range in TRI Equestrian Stakes at the Curragh tomorrow.

The five-year-old mare enjoyed a great campaign last season, winning three on the bounce, including a Listed race at Pontefract.

She returned this time around with a good run at Kempton, when denied by the narrowest of margins in the Snowdrop Stakes, but put up a rare bad run last time out at Newmarket in the Dahlia Stakes.

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