Racing: Frankel will not be held back

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Star British galloper Frankel will not be ridden to get the trip when he steps up to 2000m for the first time in the Juddmonte International at York on Thursday (NZ time).

That was the message delivered yesterday by owner Khalid Abdullah's racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe, who confirmed that tried-and-tested tactics will be employed by jockey Tom Queally when the sport's world champion seeks to stretch his unbeaten record to 13 races on the Knavesmire.

Frankel, yet to be stretched in his three races this season, could be appearing for the penultimate time at York, where he will be joined in a three-pronged Abdullah challenge by Sir Henry Cecil's 2011 International winner Twice Over and pacemaker Bullet Train.

Grimthorpe, speaking in a Qipco British Champions Series promotional video, said: "He's got this tremendous cruising speed and if you stifle that you're stifling the best part of him, really.

"His stride takes him into the race, so there's no point in anchoring him or blasting him off."

Farhh, runner-up to Frankel at Goodwood, having previously filled the same place in the Prince Of Wales' Stakes and Coral-Eclipse, could have another crack at his Sussex conqueror.

Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford told the Racing Post: "I didn't think he ran as well as he did at Ascot and Sandown and I put that down to the trip more than anything. I think we've established a mile and a quarter is a good trip for him.

"Maybe the horse wasn't in as good form as he was when he ran in the Eclipse. It might have taken a little bit more out of him than we thought."

In other British news, highly rated 3-year-old Camelot breezed through a racecourse gallop at Leopardstown on Saturday and remains 2-5 favourite with the sponsor to land the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster next month and the coveted Triple Crown. But, for trainer Aidan O'Brien, it was a starting point from which to build for the final classic.

"He's had a break and he's gone round and strong [in appearance]. He's made like a miler now. It will be a big test going this trip [the 14 furlongs of the St Leger]," said O'Brien.

Camelot, who remains unbeaten, has not run since his gritty win in the Irish Derby over a mile and a half on difficult and testing going in June. He defeated Born To Sea to complete the Anglo-Irish Derby double, but O'Brien clearly thinks the colt will be leaving his comfort zone for the first time on Town Moor.

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