Frankel frightens off all but three in Sussex
30 Jul 2012 | Frankel will have just a trio of opponents in the Qipco Sussex Stakes for a second year running as he aims to extend his magnificent unbeaten sequence to 12 from 12.
With Frankel having dispatched every challenger put up against him by Aidan O'Brien, the Ballydoyle maestro did not declare any of his three runners, while champion trainer Richard Hannon has diverted Strong Suit to the Prix Maurice de Gheest.
Those absentees mean only Farhh, supplemented for the Group 1 contest by Godolphin, and Gabrial, from the Richard Fahey stable, are outside rivals to Frankel with stablemate Bullet Train also left in the race.
Last year, Frankel took apart a field that included Canford Cliffs, Rio De La Plata and Rajsaman and he is rated 18lb higher than Farhh, 29lb higher than Bullet Train and 32lb higher than Gabrial for this year's race.
Paddy Power make Frankel 1-16 for back-to-back wins in the race with Farhh 9-1, Gabrial 33-1 and Bullet Train 100-1.