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World’s fastest racehorse comes to York


12:00am 22nd August 2012

The Usain bolt of the racing world is coming to York.

Frankle the wonder horse is unbeaten in 12 races.

Later he will take part in the 725 thousand pound Juddmonte International Stakes.

It will be the first time the champion tackles a mile and a quarter.

York Racecourse Statement:

On Wednesday, York hosts one of the most keenly anticipated races of the year, the £725,000 Juddmonte International Stakes, featuring the world's best racehorse, Frankel.

It will be the first time that the Sir Henry Cecil-trained colt has tackled a mile and a quarter but connections are optimistic that this will not be a problem for the champion.

The Galileo colt took his unbeaten run to 12 when easily beating Wednesday's rival, Farhh, in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood earlier this month.

Cecil was unable to be on the Sussex Downs but is eager to make it to the Knavesmire on Wednesday:

"Although I have had some medical treatment recently and not been racing because my immune system is low, I have been able to work from home.

"I am very hopeful that I will be able to make it to York on Wednesday to saddle my horses. I just cannot miss the day and I want to be there for Frankel.

"Frankel seems in good order at the moment leading into the Juddmonte. I do not think the distance is going to be a problem although we are going into unknown territory."

Cecil has also declared Twice Over, who provided owner Khalid Abdulla with a first win in the race he has sponsored for over 20 years when beating Midday 12 months ago.

Cecil added:

"Twice Over is fresh and well, in good form and deserves to take his chance. I do not expect him to beat Frankel but one never knows and if he gets placed it will help him earn his keep as well as enhance his Group status."

Frankel's three-parts brother, Bullet Train will once again be on pace-making duties and Cecil's trio will be joined by three from Ballydoyle representing trainer Aidan O'Brien. They are headed by St Nicholas Abbey, a four-time Group 1 winner, who was last seen finishing third in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.

The aforementioned Farhh, Group 1 winner Planteur and Sky Bet York Stakes hero Sri Putra complete the top drawer cast for Wednesday's Group One showdown.

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