Frankel will start 2012 in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on May 19PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Frankel unlikely to run at Breeders' Cup meeting
SIR HENRY CECIL has mapped out a plan for Frankel, officially rated the world's best Flat horse, which will include a step up in trip to 1m2f, but is unlikely to feature a trip to the States for the Breeders' Cup at the end of the year.
Cecil, who trains the brilliant Galileo colt for Khalid Abdullah, attended a press conference at Sandown on Monday in which he confirmed the JLT Lockinge Stakes over 1m at Newbury on May 19 as the starting point for the horse who lit up last year's Flat season.
Frankel's final appearance would likely be the Qipco Champion Stakes or the same day's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot in October, with Cecil not convinced about the Breeders' Cup.
"The Breeders' Cup is not ruled out completely," said Cecil, who revealed the seven-year-old Twice Over remains in training this term.
"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."
Asked about if and when the unbeaten superstar will step up in trip Cecil said: "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."
Frankel's three-year-old brother Noble Mission, second on his only start last year, could begin his 2012 campaign at Newmarket's Craven meeting this month.