Frankel not coming to Dubai World Cup next year

DUBAI - Frankel proved once again that he’s the master of his profession and the greatest race horse of the era. But, unfortunately, the mighty horse will never be seen in Dubai to line up for the 18th edition of the $10m Dubai World Cup next year.

By Hisham Al Gizouli

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Published: Fri 24 Aug 2012, 1:11 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:49 PM

Earlier in the season, His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai said, they would love to see Frankel making the mile and a quarter and coming to Dubai.

It was a dream that would have meant a very big boost for the world’s richest horse race which has attracted the greatest race horses in the history of the sport, from Cigar to Dubai Millennium.

Prince Khaled Al Abdulla, however, confirmed that Frankel will retire to stud by the end of the current British season after his perfect thirteen.

The incredible miler stepped up in trip to effortlessly win the Juddmonte International Stakes Group-1 over a mile and a quarter at York Racecourse on Wednesday by a remarkable seven lengths.

What a horse he’s. Frankel was simply as impressive as he was expected to be. Many generations were there. A grandfather, a father and a grandson came for one reason, just to see Frankel.

Few seconds before Frankel’s moment of truth, which was also the crowning glory of Prince Khaled and trainer Sir Henry Cecil of their careers as owner and trainer, everybody was confident that the phenomenal Frankel was there to win.

hisham@khaleejtimes.com



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