Frankel's the star but Energizer can upstage his little brother

 

At such short odds, over a new trip, even a true great like Frankel can hardly appeal as a betting medium at York today. In fact, the Juddmonte International Stakes market is more likely to interest each-way "thieves", who will surely cover their money on St Nicholas Abbey. His two pacemakers should guarantee a sufficient test over the long Knavesmire straight for the Ballydoyle raider to outstay all bar the champion for a podium finish.

Certainly, it is hard to see Frankel failing for lack of stamina, now that he settles so much better. Tom Queally has regularly needed several furlongs to pull him up, over a mile, and anyone who doubts the latent staying power in his pedigree need only watch his younger brother, Noble Mission, when he lines up for the Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes, just 35 minutes earlier.

Noble Mission lacks his class but has shown an attitude that would be useful if Frankel ever did get into a scrap. Connections feel he was committed early enough at Goodwood last time, when holding Encke in a close tussle, albeit he was arguably more at home of the pair over the undulations.

Whether either could have finished second in a Derby is another matter, though that may be a limited distinction in a Derby working out as dreadfully as that won by Camelot in June. The winner himself is the only runner to have advertised the form since, so the onus if very much on the runner-up, Main Sequence, to do so here. In fairness, he ran well enough in his only start since, beaten barely a length for fourth in the Grand Prix de Paris, despite meeting traffic, but as favourite he hardly appeals as value.

Better odds are available about stablemates of both Noble Mission and Encke. Thomas Chippendale has already beaten Noble Mission once, and could well do so more emphatically if they go quicker than they did at Royal Ascot, but the real sleeper is another winner at that meeting. Energizer (3.05) has since been purchased by Godolphin, and must prove himself as effective on faster going today. But his smart form at shorter distances is surely only a platform for what he can achieve, given the sort of test demanded by his pedigree.

The day's other Group race, the Pinsent Masons LLP Acomb Stakes, is most intriguing despite a small field. Dundonnell and Afonso De Sousa (2.30) have both run away with maidens, by 12 and nine lengths respectively, since finishing third and fourth in one at the Newmarket July Festival. The visual impact made by the Ballydoyle colt at Leopardstown could be underpinned by legitimate improvement, as it was his first start on a sound surface. Rex Imperator (2.00) looks a Group sprinter in the making and can defy top weight in the Symphony Group Handicap.

Turf account

Chris McGrath's Nap

Jocasta Dawn (5.05 Lingfield) Back at the scene of her fine debut but still the least exposed of these and can improve past her new mark after beating a subsequent winner, despite sweating up, at Windsor.

Next Best

Rex Imperator (2.00 York) Really going places and promised better still reverting to five furlongs after catching the eye on the bridle before flattening out at Newmarket.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Ashdown Group: Client Accountant Team Manager - Reading

Negotiable: Ashdown Group: The Ashdown Group has been engaged by a highly resp...

Recruitment Genius: Account Manager

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: You will also work alongside their seasoned sa...

Recruitment Genius: Assistant Property Manager

£15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you looking for your first step into...

Recruitment Genius: Mechanical Design Engineer

£25000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This innovative company working...

Day In a Page

General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

The masterminds behind the election

How do you get your party leader to embrace a message and then stick to it? By employing these people
Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

Machine Gun America

The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons
The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

The ethics of pet food

Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?
How Tansy Davies turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

How a composer turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

Tansy Davies makes her operatic debut with a work about the attack on the Twin Towers. Despite the topic, she says it is a life-affirming piece
11 best bedside tables

11 best bedside tables

It could be the first thing you see in the morning, so make it work for you. We find night stands, tables and cabinets to wake up to
Italy vs England player ratings: Did Andros Townsend's goal see him beat Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney to top marks?

Italy vs England player ratings

Did Townsend's goal see him beat Kane and Rooney to top marks?
Danny Higginbotham: An underdog's tale of making the most of it

An underdog's tale of making the most of it

Danny Higginbotham on being let go by Manchester United, annoying Gordon Strachan, utilising his talents to the full at Stoke and plunging into the world of analysis
Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police

Steve Bunce: Inside Boxing

Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police
No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat