It is a long time since a two year-old created such a deep impression as that witnessed by racegoers at Ascot on Saturday, when Frankel routed a decent field in the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes.
The Galileo colts’ 10 length romp was reminiscent of Arazi’s 1991 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile victory, which has since become the stuff of legend, and had bookmakers running scared in respect of next years’ 2000 Guineas and Derby betting.
A general 2/1 shot for the first classic of 2011, Henry Cecil’s great hope is a top price 9/4 with Boylesport, who are currently giving new customers a matched bet of up to £20.
No bigger than 4/1 for the Derby, Frankel impressed Coral and Paddy Power so much that they are as short as 5/2 for the most famous flat race in the world.
All being well, racing’s most exciting prospect will end the season at either Newmarket or Doncaster, with the Dewhurst or Racing Post Trophy the two events under consideration.
While not getting carried away with the superlatives being thrown at him regarding his charge, Cecil was quick to voice his opinion saying: ” I think he has a lot of talent and, given the way he works, I don’t think I’ve had a better two- year-old since Wollow, and that’s nearly 40 years ago.
I’d question whether he’ll get the Derby trip. The dam ( Kind ) was very fast and his dam side has come out in him. He has a lot of class and could easily be a Guineas horse.”
If Frankel can repeat Saturday’s performance at Group 1 level in his prefered final engagement of 2010, we may have one of the highest rated two-year-olds since the formation of the international classifications, and one of the most exciting prospects to keep all racing fans warm during the winter ahead.