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Epsom or Ascot next for Frankel

Henry Cecil has confirmed Frankel's next race will be either the Investec Derby at Epsom or Royal Ascot's St James's Palace Stakes.

Plenty was expected of the unbeaten colt in Saturday's Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, but even his most ardent supporters could not have dared dream of the scintillating performance he produced.

Totally ignoring expected pacemaker Rerouted, Tom Queally soon sent Frankel to the lead and he galloped his Classic rivals into the ground to secure a famous win.

In the immediate aftermath Cecil suggested the totesport Dante Stakes at York on Thursday week would be under consideration as his next race, but that now appears highly unlikely.

Connections now face a decision whether to step the colt up in distance for a tilt at further Classic glory, or stick to a mile at the Royal meeting.

Cecil insists the final call will be down to Frankel's owner, Prince Khalid Abdullah.

“The final decision will be the Prince's so we'll discuss it with him and we'll try to work out the best thing for the horse,” Cecil told At The Races.

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“To start with I don't think there's any chance of him running in the July Cup, so you can scrap that one!

“I think eventually, when he gets a bit stronger, there's every chance he'll get a mile and a quarter. Whether he'll get further than that, time will tell.

“The Dante will probably come too close anyway, so I'm not going to test him in the Dante to see if he gets the Derby trip.”

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