Frankel - Newmarket (The Rowley Mile) - The Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1) 7f (2yo)
The coming together of the unbeaten Frankel, Dream Ahead and Saamidd made this one of the most eagerly awaited 2yo races for a long time, and though the battle between the 3 failed to materialize, the last 2 running well below expectations, it still took a high-class effort from Frankel to prevail, bettered only by New Approach in this race in recent times, and the form is underpinned by an excellent timefigure. FRANKEL completed the perfect season, beating everything put in front of him so far, looking every inch a champion and achieving the ratings--including timefigures--to match, even though this wasn't quite the anticipated acid test with Dream Ahead and Saamidd disappointing; all the same, it didn't go smoothly for Frankel as a bump departing the stall left him last and lit up, not settling at all, and that he still cruised through before asserting under a hand ride says it all about his exceptional talent, as well as his standing potential, unextended all along and physically the type to make an even better 3-yo; though it's a long way off, the Guineas is at his mercy, reportedly set for a spring prep run, understandable if only to get the freshness out of him, as his natural exuberance (always wears crossed noseband) is the only apparent chink in his armour so far, not that it held him back here, nor would it in the Guineas, but getting him to stretch to the Derby trip may be another matter; Timeform's highest-rated 2-yo in Europe since Xaar in 1997, Frankel has ...
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