Published: 09:16 15/08/2012
Frankel's eagerly awaited first attempt at a mile and a quarter in next Wednesday's Juddmonte International at York is likely to see a small but select field, but two horses who are unfazed by the prospect of taking on one of the greatest horses in the sports' long history are Farhh and St Nicholas Abbey.
Although the former was no match for the Henry Cecil trained champion when suffering a comprehensive defeat in Goodwood's Qipco Sussex Stakes, connections may feel that the extra two furlongs could help to close the six length gap that seperated the two horses in the Group 1 contest.
Godolphin's racing manager Simon Crisford was in philosophical mood regarding the enormity of Farhh's task in the £725,000 contest saying, " Frankel is the best horse in the race by a long, long way and if he runs to his form then he will win.
" But Farhh is in good form. We will weigh up the options and he will also get an entry in the Skybet Strensall Stakes."
While the Aidan O'Brien stable must be fed-up with their top class miler Excelebration fast becoming an expert on the backside of Frankel, it has not deterred connections from pitting their outstanding middle-distance colt St Nicholas Abbey in at the deep end, rather than seeking a more realistic contest.
The winner of four Group 1 races, including the Breeders' Cup Turf last November, is still improving according to connections, but have the utmost respect for the favourite with the trainer saying, " Frankel is a great horse and every time we see him is a privilege. It's important for racing to have champions and he's an incredible horse but we've always thought the world of St Nic and he's still progressing. We're looking forward to the race - to seeing our horse - and to seeing Frankel."
Frankel is currently a 1/10 shot for next Wednesday's Group 1 contest with Coral. Farhh and St Nicholas Abbey can both be backed at 8/1 with the same company.