Twice Over has first crack at stopping stablemate Frankel
Sadly it already seems certain that Frankel will end his career without exploring the full reach of his talent, but at least nobody will be able to reproach those responsible for their approach to his next start. For not only will they finally test their champion over a new distance at York next Wednesday; they also intend to expose one of their most cherished servants to his merciless brilliance.
Twice Over is perhaps not quite the force of old, at seven, but he ran well when third in the Eclipse last time and did turn over a better fancied stablemate, Midday, in the Juddmonte International Stakes last year.
As racing manager to Prince Khalid Abdulla, Lord Grimthorpe would hate to see Frankel surrender his unbeaten record; as chairman of York racecourse, however, he hopes for as competitive a field as possible. "And why wouldn't we support the race with the defending champion?" he asked yesterday.
With Aidan O'Brien saddling the seasoned Group One operator, St Nicholas Abbey, the participation of Twice Over should ensure a little more depth to this race than Frankel's latest lap of honour, at Goodwood. "It is wonderful to take Frankel to York, and I'm confident the Yorkshire crowd will come to see him," Grimthorpe said. "When I was there last time people were stopping me all the time saying: 'You are bringing him, aren't you?' This is Prince Khalid's 22nd year of sponsoring the Juddmonte International, so to bring Frankel to the race is hugely important to him. This year it has been foremost in our thoughts. Frankel has proved himself versatile as regards tracks. And York is a tremendously fair track."
He would say that, of course – but corroboration was immediately available from Simon Crisford. The Godolphin manager expects Encke, caught out by the undulations when foiled narrowly by Frankel's brother, Noble Mission, in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood, to relish the wide, galloping acres of the Knavesmire when they meet again in the Ladbrokes Great Voltigeur Stakes. Grimthorpe, however, reckons that Noble Mission may have been in front too soon that day.
Crisford, who added that Farrh, the Sussex Stakes runner-up, could yet follow Frankel north, confirmed that Energizer will be supplemented to the Great Voltigeur. It will be the German recruit's first start for Godolphin, and his first over a mile and a half, having changed hands since his impressive breakthrough at Royal Ascot.
Kalk Bay (4.25 Beverley) Had slipped down the weights before retrieving form for Mick Easterby.
First Serve (5.45 Southwell) David Barron's, juveniles do especially well on this surface.
One to watch
Cape Classic (William Haggas) Can definitely stay ahead of the handicapper judging by way he was travelling at Newmarket.
Latest in Sport
Today’s St James Palace looks a cracker and there has been sustained money for Dawn Approach since t...
by Gareth Purnell
18 June 2013 02:01 AM
Newcastle don’t need a football director – they need a new medical team after finishing bottom of the injury league
Newcastle United have shocked their fans by appointing Joe Kinnear as director of football but new f...
by Alex Miller
17 June 2013 04:39 PM
Italy come here with pretty much a full strength squad and can be very relaxed about their World Cup...
by Gareth Purnell
15 June 2013 02:01 AM
ACT Brumbies v British and Irish Lions - player ratings
Alan Pardew set to issue Joe Kinnear with a warning: I am still the manager of Newcastle United
The best and worst Premier League kits for the 2013/14 season
In pictures: Royal Ascot 2013 - Opening day
Exclusive: Cristiano Ronaldo advised to stay at Real Madrid for further 18 months before making possible switch to Manchester United
- 1 Freedom fighters? Cannibals? The truth about Syria’s rebels
- 2 Breaking the Silence: In the reality of occupation, there are no Palestinian civilians – only potential terrorists
- 3 Special Report: US troops are stationed in Japan to protect the nation. But to sex workers in Okinawa, they bring fear, not security
- 4 Vice pulls 'breathtakingly tasteless' fashion shoot glorifying the suicides of famous female authors from Sylvia Plath to Virginia Woolf
- 5 Iran to send 4,000 troops to aid President Assad forces in Syria
Negotiable Depending on Experience: The Green Recruitment Company: The Green R...
£25000 - £30000 Per Annum: The Green Recruitment Company: The Green Recruitmen...
Negotiable: Progressive Recruitment: Dear Sumadhab, A growing engineering comp...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Ilford: We are currently recruiting for a Year ...