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Newbury return still on for Frankel
Sir Henry Cecil’s star four-year-old colt has enjoyed an unbeaten 2011 campaign as he remained unbeaten in nine races and romped to an impressive victory in the 2000 Guineas
However, Frankel caused some concern earlier this month when he suffered a setback during routine exercise which resulted in a scan on the injured leg.
The Khalid Abdullah-owned son of Galileo was given a clean bill of health from the scan and was given the thumbs up to run last week. And after a gentle work out on Wednesday, the owner’s racing manager, Teddy Grimthorpe, is cautiously optimistic that Frankel will run at the JLT Lockinge Stakes in the middle of next month.
“He did a little bit of work this morning. It was nothing very much, it was just a gentle piece, but he strode out well and everyone was very pleased,” said Grimthorpe.
“We’ll just see how we go. It was his first bit of work (after the injury) and he’s going to have to continue to please everyone.
“It is still the intention to run in the Lockinge, but as I said, we’ll just see how we go.”