The prospect of facing Frankel has not put off many trainers as 20 horses were entered in the JLT Lockinge Stakes on May 19 at Newbury.
While Frankel is set to make his seasonal reappearance in the Group 1 contest he is set to be fiercely challenged with the likes of So You Think and Excelebration among the entries from the Aidan O’Brien stable.
Last year’s winning trainer Richard Hannon will rely upon Dubawi Gold, second to Frankel in last season’s 2000 Guineas, and Strong Suit.
While the Lockinge will be the starting point for Frankel’s season his trainer, Sir Henry Cecil, has outlined the campaign he has in mind for the son of Galileo, which may include a trip to America for the Breeder’s Cup.
Speaking to the Racing Post Cecil said “The Breeders’ Cup is not ruled out completely,” said Cecil.
“That would be a separate thought. Hopefully he is going to stand in Europe as a turf horse. I think there is a good chance he will retire at the end of this year. Would it be fair to him at the end of the season going to a different surface with all the bustle? Time will tell.”
“A mile and a quarter will be when he is settled and is happy at that trip. I never work my horses over the distance they are going to run and try to work him as short as you can and leave him the gears to go through in his races.”