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Reigning European Horse of the Year Frankel overpowered three opponents on Wednesday in the Sussex Stakes (Eng-G1) at Goodwood to secure his 12th win from as many career starts.
Frankel is under consideration for the 2012 Breeders' Cup World Championships and would be an overwhelming favorite in the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) and, most likely, the favorite for the Classic (G1) as well.
Juddmonte Farms homebred Frankel won his first two starts of 2012 by a combined margin of 16 lengths, and consequently the top-rated horse in the world scared away most of the competition for the Sussex. Only two challengers, plus pacesetting stablemate Bullet Train, were entered in the Sussex and Frankel entered the starting gate as the overwhelming favorite for trainer Sir Henry Cecil.
Frankel angled outside of Bullet Train to take charge under regular rider Tom Queally with about three furlongs remaining. Farhh moved alongside to challenge but could not match strides with the champion when he unleashed his explosive, winning move.
Frankel completed one mile in 1:37.56 on turf rated as good to win by six lengths and improve to 12 wins without a defeat.
"Every moment spent on his back is a special moment and today is no different. He's amazing and had the other horses cooked a little after halfway. It was a nice prep for his next race,” Queally told Racing Post.
Frankel is being pointed to the 1 ¼-mile Juddmonte International Stakes (Eng-G1) at York on August 22, which would be his first attempt in a race longer than one mile.
The Sussex was Frankel’s eighth Group 1 win. Bred in Great Britain by Juddmonte, the 4-year-old Galileo (Ire) colt is out of Group 3-placed stakes winner Kind, by Danehill. Kind, a half-sister to Group 1 winner Powerscourt, has produced three stakes winners, including aforementioned group stakes winner Bullet Train.
"He's a class apart from any other horse around at the moment and I've a very easy job - all I do is steer,” Queally said. “They're magic moments - it's great to be a part of it.”