Frankel given the all-clear

Frankel, last year’s champion racehorse, has been given the all-clear to resume his training programme following a scan on his injured leg.

Frankel, last year’s champion racehorse, has been given the all-clear to resume his training programme following a scan on his injured leg.

The four-year-old hurt his off-fore when working in Newmarket last Wednesday and while it was initially reported to be a minor problem, it later transpired the injury could be more serious.

However, those fears have now been allayed with owner Khalid Abdullah’s racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe issuing an upbeat bulletin following a further examination today.

In a statement Grimthorpe said: “Frankel has been given the all clear, following his scan this afternoon.

“There was no evidence of any damage to his tendon and he will now resume a normal training regime.”

Frankel, who is trained by Sir Henry Cecil, has won each of his nine starts to date including last year's 2000 Guineas.

He also landed the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood before rounding off his year with a thrilling performance in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

Cecil had earmarked the JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on May 19 as Frankel’s starting point for this term, although Grimthorpe feared last week that the race was now off the agenda.

However, with the Galileo colt now back on track, Grimthorpe believes the Lockinge could be a possibility, although connections are in no rush to map a definite plan.

He added: “There is no set agenda for his future racing programme, which will be determined by the progress he makes. At this stage the Lockinge Stakes has not yet been ruled out."

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