He has been withdrawn from his latest intended target following a dirty scope and is now off to Ballydoyle.
I think Botti has done a really good job of training him. You have to feel sorry for the horse as in many another year he would have been champion miler. Shame that he was the same age as Frankel.
It will be interesting to see how close he can get to Frankel next year, and if he improves or not for being at Ballydoyle.
Very sad to see this lovely colt packed off to Ballydoyle. Marco Botti did a terrific job with him last season and deserves great praise for managing a superb campaign.
I agree entirely that he’s incredibly unfortunate to run into Frankel. Excelebration is possibly the second best miler we’ve seen in Europe this century, definitely at least on a par with Canford Cliffs, Rock of Gibraltar and Goldikova, that’s my opinion anyway.
It will be interesting to see how he’s campaigned next season. It looks likely Frankel will start off over a mile in the Lockinge and then possibly Queen Anne before he goes to the Eclipse.
What do you guys think? Will Aiden take him on, or maybe avoid Frankel and go to the d’Ispahan instead.
I haven’t a clue whether Ballydoyle will take Frankel on or not. Traditionally they (Coolmore)seldom duck a challenge.They seem to be going on with older horses lately.However they have some good ones of their own coming up at three next yesr.