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Frankel - Ascot - 115/10/2011

Frankel: recorded a ninth successive victory in Queen Elizabeth II Stakes

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

All eyes on Frankel's brother at Yarmouth

NOBLE MISSION bids to follow in his illustrious brother Frankel's footsteps by making a winning debut at Yarmouth this afternoon - but connections havealready warned that any sort of comparison at this stage is highly premature.

The two-year-old son of Galileo is unveiled by trainer Sir Henry Cecil in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Maiden Stakes over a mile, just ten days after Frankel maintained his unbeaten record with a ninth successive career victory in Ascot's Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes to consolidate his status as the world's leading racehorse.

Frankel was a cosy half-length scorer from subsequent King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes victor Nathaniel on his debut at Newmarket last August, but Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Khalid Abdullah, yesterday warned not to get too excited prior to Noble Mission's first appearance.

Grimthorpe said: "He's not Frankel. It's slightly bad luck for the horse who is his brother! If you are expecting Noble Mission to win by ten lengths you are going to be sadly disappointed, I expect. We hope he's going to be a nice horse. He's straightforward and has enjoyed a good preparation.

"We think he's going to make up into a mile-and-a-quarter, mile-and-a-half horse next year. I know there are expectations, but I think it would be misleading to say we have another worldbeater on our hands at this stage."

Cecil hasgiven Noble Mission plenty of time before sending him to the track, and the trainer said: "He is backward, but ready for a run. I have not really looked at the race yet with regard to how good it is."

Noble Mission, whose close relative Bullet Train landed the corresponding Yarmouth maiden on his debut two years ago, holds an entry in the 2012 Investec Derby at Epsom, a one-time possible target for Frankel which connections decided not to pursue.

The coltfaces 15 rivals at the seaside track, including Roger Varian's unraced Frasers Hill, a Selkirk half-brother to French Group 2 winner Shimraan, the Luca Cumani-trained Commitment, who shaped nicely on his recent first appearance at Newmarket, Sir Michael Stoute's twice-raced Counsel, and the Godolphin duo Swedish Sailor and Inthar.

Meanwhile, division two features the debut of Sun Central, a Galileo half-brother to George Washington and Grandera.

 

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