Boom UK three-year-old Frankel, rated the world’s best racehorse alongside Black Caviar, stretched his unbeaten run to seven with victory in the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes (1600m) at Royal Ascot on Tuesday night (AET).
The 3/10 favourite reeled in runaway pacemaker Rerouted rounding the home turn and burst clear by six lengths in the hands of jockey Tom Queally before beginning to tire over the latter stages.
He looked vulnerable over the last 200m, but fought on strongly to hold off the Aidan O’Brien trained 20/1 chance Zoffany who rocketed home late to be beaten three-quarters of a length.
Excelebration (10/1), who jumped awkwardly almost dislodging his jockey, finished third.
Frankel’s trainer Henry Cecil, racing’s newest knight, told Racing Post, “He settled really well – very, very well. The pacemaker went off quite fast and he was very, very settled and he [Queally] had to ask him to take it up and he said when he was in front he thought he’d done enough.
“Tom said he was very settled and we can ride him properly now. In the Royal Lodge the further he went the better he was, but he’s getting older and wiser now and he thought he’d done enough and was getting a bit bored.”
Queally, the only jockey to have ridden Frankel, said, “He jumped a little bit slow and he settled better than before. He was on his own for a long way and he was getting a bit fed up in front [by the end]. He’s done it so easy. He’s growing up all the time. People think he just jumps and runs but he’s more versatile than that.”
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