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Frankel - Newmarket 23.9.11

Watch Frankel in action on Friday morning

Frankel limbers up for QEII with smart gallop

FRANKEL continued his preparation for the Qipco Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on October 15 with an impressive piece of work under big-race jockey Tom Queally on Friday morning.

Unbeaten in eight career starts, Frankel worked over 7½f on the Watered Gallop in Newmarket at around 6.30am with stablemates Handheld and Bullet Train.

Settled behind his two lead horses, Frankel travelled easily for Queally before asserting with around two furlongs to run, eventually finishing four lengths clear of his two companions.

"He's in grand order," said a delighted Queally. "He did it all very easily and it was a nice piece of work."

Cecil, who has Frankel under 24-hour CCTV surveillance, said: "I gave him quite a long rest so I started on him early bringing him back with the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in mind.

"There is nothing worse than finding you are a gallop short and you have to put too much pressure on. So far it has been very good. He's coming along very nicely. He is growing up mentally. He is much more helpful. Tom found out today he is an easier horse to ride than he was."

The QEII forms part of the inaugural £3 million Qipco British Champions Day - Britain's richest raceday - at Ascot, which also features the Qipco Champion Stakes and Sir Henry Cecil's two candidates for that race also stretched their legs on Friday morning.

Twice Over and Midday worked with lead horse Tranquil Tiger over a mile and it was Juddmonte International winner Twice Over who came out on top under Ian Mongan.

Like Frankel and Midday, Twice Over is owned by Khalid Abdullah and he showed a nice change of pace to finish three lengths clear of Midday.

"I think the plan is to run both Twice Over and Midday in the Champion Stakes," said Mongan, who partnered Twice Over at York. He added: "I would be hopeful to keep the ride at Ascot."

Henry Cecil - Newmarket 23.9.11

Henry Cecil passes on instructions to his work-riders at Newmarket

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Cecil also used the work morning, which took place in front of around 40 members of the the press, to work Ajaan and Vita Nova.

The pair also worked over a mile with Vita Nova and Eddie Ahern just getting on top towards the end of the gallop.

 
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