Queen Anne ‘most likely’ for Frankel

Frankel is likely to stick to a mile for at least his next race before the champion colt is asked to step up in trip.

The Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 19 is the probable target for owner Khalid Abdullah’s superstar, who took his unbeaten record to 10 in the JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday – just five weeks after suffering a setback.

The world’s highest-rated thoroughbred is also in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes over 10 furlongs a day later.

Connections of the Henry Cecil-trained four-year-old may instead wait until later in the summer to give Frankel his first test over a mile and a quarter, with races like the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown and the Juddmonte International at York obvious options.

“It was very pleasing the way he did it at Newbury,” the owner’s racing manager, Teddy Grimthorpe, said on Sunday morning.

“Obviously we were a bit apprehensive after the injury scare, but he’s done it really nicely so we’re delighted.

“I’ve spoken to Sir Henry this morning and the horse is fine and very pleased with himself.

“All being well, it will be Ascot next.

“I would think the Queen Anne would be the most likely race.”

* Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Secret Asset ran a big race to finish third behind outsider Ato in the Krisflyer International Sprint at Kranji in Singapore yesterday.

The race was supposed to see the Kieren Fallon-ridden Krypton Factor set himself up for a trip to Royal Ascot after his win in Dubai but he was always behind, eventually coming home fifth.

Mr Big made a bold move for home off the final bend and for a while it appeared it would prove decisive.

However, Byron Vorster had him covered on Ato, a son of Royal Academy, and picked him up well inside the final furlong.

George Baker always had Secret Asset in a good position on the rail and while he could not match the finishing kick of the front two he ran a sound race.

* I’ll Have Another will try to become the first horse since 1978 to win the American Triple Crown following his victory in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on Saturday.

The Doug O’Neill-trained colt added to his dramatic Kentucky Derby defeat of Bodemeister with a similarly thrilling neck triumph over the same rival. I’ll Have Another will now bid for Triple Crown glory in the Belmont Stakes in New York on June 9.


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