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Frankel on track for Lockinge

Article Date: 05-May-2012

Frankel, the highest-rated horse in the world, made a pleasing return to the racecourse when working under big-race jockey Tom Queally at Newmarket Racecourse on Saturday.
 
The towering four-year-old suffered a setback last month which threatened his comeback and Henry Cecil’s unbeaten four-time Group 1 winner missed an intended gallop at Newbury two weeks ago, ahead of his first scheduled race in the JLT Lockinge Stakes at the same track on May 19.
 
However, he has made a quick recovery and galloped with stablemates Bullet Train (Ryan Moore) and Jet Away (Shane Fetherstonhaugh) at the scene of his finest hour - 12 months on from demolishing his rivals in the colts’ Classic by upwards of six lengths.
 
Frankel entered the parade ring at 12.37pm before beginning his gallop at 12.47pm. Queally settled him in rear of the trio before allowing his mount to use his powerful stride to gallop on with two furlongs left to run. The jockey and his mount had effortlessly moved eight lengths clear crossing the line and received a warm round of applause from the gathered crowds.
 
 Cecil said: “He enjoyed that and was relaxed going down, which is good as he wasn’t last year.
 
“He did everything right and had a good blow. Tom asked him to go in the last two furlongs and he then had a good blow. They have all done well - the riders and the horses.
 
“He has grown stronger since last year and is much more sensible. This time last year he would never have gone down like that. It was a worry as horses like that can often fall in a heap but he didn’t and is now much stronger and I hope there is more to come.
 
“He will have another two or three bits of work and so long as it is decent ground then he will run in the Lockinge. He gets the mile very well and I hope he will get further in time.
 
“Touch wood he seems fine now after his setback and it is not worrying me so it must be OK.”
 
Queally added: “He seemed very good. It was a nice piece of work and a stepping stone to Newbury. He certainly felt like the Frankel of old. It was just a piece of work; he is better than the other two horses and he worked nicely so I am happy.”
 
Frankel carries the colours of Khalid Abdullah, and his racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe added: “I hope it has done him good and he appeared to enjoy the experience. 
 
“He moved tremendously well and was strong at the start of the gallop but soon got in to his rhythm. He is deceptive like that as his stride is so big so you have to be pleased.
 
“The main idea is to go to Newbury and if continues to please then he will go. He did miss a week of work but has caught up pretty quickly.”

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