- Horse Racing
Brilliant Frankel slams Lockinge Stakes rivals
Frankel extended his unbeaten record to 10 with a brilliant win in the Lockinge Stakes.
Sir Henry Cecil's charge ended last season as the highest-rated thoroughbred on the planet and the trainer was confident his charge had improved from three to four. Frankel had an injury scare a month ago, while the soft ground was also a concern, but he dispelled the worries with an electric display.
Frankel in all probability doubled the attendance at Newbury and he did not disappoint the packed stands as he pulverised Excelebration.
Bullet Train, Frankel's regular work partner, jumped out of the gates and took up the running to ensure it was an honest gallop. Frankel was allowed to sit in second by jockey Tom Queally and he was always travelling with ease.
Queally merely changed his hands at the two-furlong marker and Frankel sauntered to the front - prompting a huge roar from the crowd. Excelebration, the only conceivable danger to the favourite, tracked Frankel through but he was swiftly put in his place.
A burst of acceleration took Frankel clear and he lengthened all the way to the line to claim the Group One prize.
"He always takes a bit of a pull, but he quickened so well," Cecil told Channel 4. "The first race is not always his best, he will improve from that and get better."
Expenses Claim made it a hat-trick of wins for the season when powering away to take the London Gold Cup for trainer Andrew Balding and jockey Jimmy Fortune.
Aljamaheer got his season back on track with a ready win in the King Charles II Stakes at Newmarket.
The three-year-old bombed out on soft ground on his seasonal bow, but back on top of the ground he travelled well for Paul Hanagan and found plenty for pressure to take the Listed prize.