Frankel likely to bypass Epsom Derby for Royal Ascot

Frankel wins the 2,000 Guineas
Frankel powers clears of his rivals to win the 2,000 Guineas

Trainer Henry Cecil has indicated his brilliant 2,000 Guineas winner Frankel will miss the Epsom Derby on 4 June and run later that month at Royal Ascot.

The unbeaten colt won the Newmaket Classic by six lengths on Saturday.

However, Cecil is set to resist the temptation to step him up from a mile to a mile and a half at Epsom and is targeting the St James's Palace Stakes.

"I think the Derby would not be doing the right thing," he told the Daily Mail.

The St James's Palace Stakes takes place over a mile at the Royal meeting on 14 June.

Frankel had been given an entry in the Dante Stakes over a mile and a quarter at York on 12 May but it is doubtful he will take up that engagement.

His other current entries, although they are considered to be less favoured targets, are the Irish 2,000 Guineas on 21 May and Irish Derby on 26 June.

"I'd want to give him a race before Epsom over a bit further but I can't do that," said Newmarket-based trainer Cecil.

"Frankel is very well but we will take it step by step.

"You have to think of the horse and we don't want to be experimenting with him.

"At the moment, he is telling me not to go a mile and a half and the Prince [Khalid Abdulla, the owner] agrees.

"All being well, we'll go to Ascot and then go from there."

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