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Frankel retirement talk quashed

ESPN staff
April 14, 2012
Frankel has won all nine career starts © PA Photos
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Lord Teddy Grimthorpe has denied Frankel has been retired.

The world's highest-rated throughbred was being prepared for his seasonal debut in the Lockinge Stakes next month, but picked up an injury during a routine piece of work.

An initial scan showed up no damage, with a second scan set for next week, but rumours swept Aintree on Saturday that the four-year-old had been retired.

The rumour gathered pace on social network sites but Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, moved to quash the rumours.

"He hasn't been retired," Grimthorpe told Racing UK. "We very much hope he has a future on the racetrack. It's too early to talk about retirement. We are positive and optimistic."

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