The Frankel bandwagon rolled on to Goodwood and the superstar Galileo colt duly delivered in yesterday’s Gr.1 Sussex Stakes, becoming the first ever dual winner of the race.
He passed Bullet Train (Sadler’s Wells) about two furlongs from the finish and was asked to go about his work by regular jockey Tom Queally.
To say that his six-length victory was little more than an exercise gallop would be a little harsh on the runner-up, Godolphin’s Farhh (Pivotal), a lightly-raced colt of some potential who has now come up against top class racehorses in his last three starts and surely still has a big race victory in him somewhere.
Teddy Grimthorpe, Racing Manager for Frankel’s ownerbreeder Khalid Abdullah, said, “It was set up really, really well. Bullet Train went a nice gallop for him and he just increased when he needed to. Tom let him roll down the hill and then let out a few inches of rein, then he just quickened as he does which is so fantastic – he put it to bed in a few strides, which is him.
“It’s a pleasure to watch him. He’s much more mature, both mentally and physically. Henry and everyone at Warren Place have done a fantastic job. It’s been a great effort to get him spot on.
“I think it’s hugely exciting that he’s going to step up in trip [Juddmonte International]; it’s a new challenge for him and it’s what everybody wants to see him do and he’s ready to do it.
“We are lucky to have him and racing is fortunate. He’s just a remarkable equine.”
This was the eighth top level win for Frankel, whose earnings are now approaching £1.9m, and the second Pattern (Group race) win at the meeting for his dam Kind (Danehill) – his younger brother Noble Mission won the Gr.3 Gordon Stakes on Tuesday.