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Frankel's sons seek to win the race their famous father swerved

Frankel: never ran in the Derby but he could now win it as a stallion
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Frankel's first stallion crop is represented in the Derby by two of the first thee in the betting – Cracksman and Eminent – and many still wonder what would have happened had Frankel run in the race.

Frankel's sire Galileo won the Derby in 2001, while before Frankel entered the world the superstar stallion had produced New Approach to triumph at Epsom, where in recent years Ruler Of The World and Australia have also scored.

Following Frankel's jaw-dropping destruction of the 2,000 Guineas field, there had been hopes he might seek to give Sir Henry Cecil a fifth Derby victory.

The day after the Guineas, Frankel could have been backed at 1-3 for the St James's Palace Stakes and 3-1 for the Derby.

But two days later owner Khalid Abdullah's racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe revealed Frankel would not head to Epsom, for which the owner's Cecil-trained World Domination was then 4-1 favourite.

Frankel went to Royal Ascot, while World Domination never made it to Epsom either.

Frankel never did run over a mile and a half, but now his sons can carry his genes into a whole new territory.


Top-rated horses since 1977

Dancing Brave 141
Alleged 140
Frankel 140
Shergar 140
El Gran Senor 138
Generous 137
Peintre Celebre 137
Three Troikas 137
Sea The Stars 136
Suave Dancer 136
Troy 136

We don't really want to be experimenting. We'll feel our way, but at the moment he tells me not to go a mile and a half
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