Racing UK’s Queally confident of Frankel victory
Thursday 9 June 2011
Tom Queally is confident that Frankel can repeat his blistering QIPCO 2,000 Guineas performance at Royal Ascot on Tuesday.
Frankel’s six-length demolition of the colts’ Classic field at Newmarket on April 30 has seen him as low as 2-7 to follow up in the St James’s Palace Stakes next week.
And Queally reports the Henry Cecil-trained three-year-old to be in top form ahead of the one-mile contest.
He told Racing UK Radio: “Reports have been very good from home, and he has come out of his race very well.
“His brilliance at Newmarket, well it was amazing - it made for a very special moment. People were blown away by it and will remember what he did that day for a long time to come.
“I’ve met old men who have been watching racing for many, many years, and they said they’d never seen anything like it.
“I got a feel off him that I’ve never experienced from a horse before – and I ride dozens of horses every week.
“Frankel and I had opened up a big gap, but it did not feel as if we were blitzing it, as he was doing it all within himself, and of course he finished off the race well too.
“Some jockeys will never ride a horse half as good as Frankel, so I am in a very privileged position. But I still have a job to do and have to treat him like any other horse.
“If he is as good as he was at Newmarket then that will be good enough for Ascot, hopefully he can put on a show and keep his unblemished record intact.”
Queally said that his trainer Henry Cecil is set to run “around a dozen horses”, adding: “We’ve got a nice team, such as World Domination in the King Edward VII and Midday still has an entry.
“But Ascot is like Cheltenham; you get your hopes up but ultimately only six sets of connections will leave happy every day, which makes for a lot of disappointed people. Hopefully, we can get a few winners on the board though.”