Frankel wins Sussex to go 8 for 8

BY foxsports • July 27, 2011

With a burst of speed in the final quarter-mile, Frankel extended his unbeaten record to 8-0 with a five-length victory over Canford Cliffs in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.

Frankel easily shook off the challenge of Canford Cliffs in the stretch in one of the most anticipated matchups in British racing in years.

''He's absolutely amazing. I've said it before: He's a freak,'' winning jockey Tom Queally said. ''He made the other horses look ordinary and they are very good horses. It's a fantastic day.''

The 3-year-old colt is named for Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, who died in 2009.

Trained by Henry Cecil, Frankel was sent off as the 8-13 favorite in the field of four and led from the start of the one-mile race.

''I think he's the best I've ever seen,'' Cecil said of the horse co-ranked No. 1 with Australia's Black Caviar by the World Thoroughbred Rankings.

The 4-year-old Canford Cliffs had won five in a row coming into the race, including a victory over champion Goldikova in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot last month.

Richard Hannon, who trains Canford Cliffs, said the downhill finish at Goodwood didn't suit his horse.

''We'll have to go home and rethink it, but I'm sure it's the racecourse. That wasn't his run,'' Hannon said. ''Either Frankel is just unbeatable or we should have been closer.''

The winner earned $280,000 to boost his bankroll to $1.31 million.