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Frankel imperious in Sussex Stakes romp

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The majestic Frankel made it a perfect 12 wins on the spin with another romp in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Sir Henry Cecil's charge took the Sussex Stakes 12 months ago on his way to becoming the highest rated thoroughbred in the world and he took the race for the second successive year to hand Cecil a seventh win in the race.

Having thrashed his rivals by 11 lengths in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot last time, Frankel frightened off all bar three opponents - one of which was his stablemate and regular work companion Bullet Train.

Bullet Train adopted his customary front-running position, with rider Ian Mongan at pains to ensure he was setting a brisk enough gallop for Frankel.

Tom Queally tracked Bullet Train, while Frankie Dettori elected to sit some way off aboard his only conceivable rival Farhh.

Bullet Train took the field along into the straight, but as 12 months ago Queally moved Frankel up to challenge three furlongs from home. The rider took a long, disdainful look over his shoulder and he could see Dettori shoving away on Farhh.

It was not that Farhh was labouring compared to Bullet Train and Gabrial, as the Godolphin runner pointed his toe and gave chase.

But Frankel had flown, without Queally asking his charge for maximum effort, and Cecil's star colt sauntered clear to take the Group One prize as if he was racing against selling platers.

"He's a class apart from anything else at the moment, he does it all very easily therefore I have a very easy job, all I have to do is steer," winning rider Queally said of Frankel who went off at odd of 1/20. "These are magic moments and it's great to be part of it."

Frankel is now likely to step up to 10 furlongs for the first time in the Juddmonte International at York next month, but the manner in which he finished this race it is unlikely to cause a problem.

Teddy Grimthorpe, owner Khalid Abdullah's racing manager, said: "It was set up really, really well. Bullet Train went a nice gallop for him and he just increased when he needed to.

"Tom let him roll down the hill and then let out a few inches of rein, then he just quickened as he does which is so fantastic - he put it to bed in a few strides, which is him. It's a pleasure to watch him. He's much more mature, both mentally and physically.

"Henry and everyone at Warren Place have done a fantastic job, it's been a great effort to get him spot on. I think it's hugely exciting that he's going to step up in trip (for the Juddmonte International), it's a new challenge for him and it's what everybody wants to see him do and he's ready to do it.

"Obviously the two main races for him are the Juddmonte (August 22) and the Champion Stakes (at Ascot on October 20), but there are two months between them and Henry may decide he should run in a race like the Moulin (at Longchamp on September 16).

"We are lucky to have him and racing is fortunate, he's just a remarkable equine."

Olympic Glory pulled the Veuve Clicquot Vintage Stakes from out of the fire when coming with a withering late run to land the Group Two prize.

A furlong from home Richard Hughes was nearer last than first aboard Olympic Glory and they appeared to have a hopeless task, but once seeing daylight Richard Hannon's charge fairly flew and got home in the shadow of the post to thwart Artigiano and Luhaif.

Hurricane Higgins held off the late challenge of Defence Of Duress to take the Goodwood Stakes. Mark Johnston's charge was only in the race on account of his trouble with the stalls, which made this race, which is started by flag, attractive.

There was a concern over whether Hurricane Higgins would stay the extreme test, but after travelling well he dug deep for Joe Fanning to repel Defence Of Duress - with Never Can Tell.

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