Frankel to face Irish challenge in the Lockinge

Updated: May 9, 2012

The return of Frankel has not only sent his rivals running for cover, but also the bookmakers who go as short as 2/5 about the unbeaten colt making a winning return in the JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on May 19.

Last year’s runaway winner of the Qipco 2000 Guineas showed his well being in a gallop last weekend when he powered away from his half brother and regular work companion Bullet Train at Newmarket last Saturday.

That gallop confirmed that Frankel has suffered no ill effects of the over reach that he suffered a month ago and the son of Galileo is on course for his reappearance in the Lockinge where he could face a duel threat from the Aidan O’Brien yard in Excelebration and So You Think.

One horse that won’t be lining up is the ex Italian horse Worthadd, who is now in the hands of Sir Mark Prescott. The trainer said to the Racing Post “Worthadd won’t be quite ready to run against Frankel, which is just as well as you wouldn’t want an ex-Italian horse to come and spoil the day.

“I thought Frankel looked amazing in his gallop at Newmarket the otherday and it is great that the public turned out in such force.”

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