Cecil hails Frankel effort
Sir Henry Cecil has described Frankel's tremendous performance in Wednesday's Juddmonte International as an occasion he will never forget.
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The world's highest-rated racehorse tested the water beyond a mile for the first time in York's extended 10-furlong Group One and looked at least as good as ever as he put multiple Group One winners in their place with a truly awesome display.
Races like the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and the Champion Stakes are potential targets for the four-year-old as the end of his racing career draws close, but Cecil is in no rush to commit his pride and joy to a definite race.
"Wednesday was a day that we, at Warren Place, will never forget," the trainer told his website www.sirhenrycecil.com.
"Frankel did everything right. He behaved beautifully and seemed to get the trip really well.
"The outcome was a tremendous relief to me and, if there was anyone who doubted him in anyway, surely their thoughts were put to rest.
"As for his next race, Frankel will tell me what is the best thing to do and obviously I will discuss it with the Prince (Khalid Abdullah, owner) and Lord Grimthorpe (racing manager). The Prince will make the final decision."
Cecil reserved special praise for the appreciative crowd on the Knavesmire.
He said: "The Yorkshire racing crowd gave Frankel a wonderful reception and I was so pleased that we managed to get him to the Knavesmire as the north really appreciates seeing good horses.
"I would like to thank so many people who helped to make it such a wonderful occasion - one I will remember and cherish for the rest of my life."