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Harrington wary of Frankel

Jessica Harrington is well aware of the task facing Pathfork when he lines up against odds-on favourite Frankel in the Qipco 2000 Guineas on Saturday week.

Pathfork was unbeaten as a juvenile and has a victory over Racing Post Trophy winner Casamento to his credit. The Distorted Humour colt was supposed to run at the Breeders' Cup last November but a late setback restricted him to just three runs.

"You wouldn't know how many Aidan O'Brien was bringing over and it slightly depends what turns up, but I thought Frankel was awesome on Saturday, amazing. He did everything required and couldn't have done it any better. He looks the one to beat," Harrington told The Telegraph.

"Everything's fine with Pathfork. He has a couple of bits of work to do then we will ship him over next Wednesday. I'm happy with him, he's developed well over the winter. Everything's worked out well so far."

The presence of the mighty Frankel has seen the number of possibles for the Qipco 2000 Guineas whittle away from 52 to 19 at the latest acceptance stage.

Among the expected withdrawals were Wootton Bassett, Dubai Prince, Zoffany and Strong Suit.

The latter was well behind Frankel in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury on Saturday as the Henry Cecil-trained colt made an authoritative return to action.

Zoffany's trainer Aidan O'Brien still has a leading contender in Roderic O'Connor, who was runner-up to Frankel in the Dewhurst Stakes before winning the Group One Criterium International at Saint-Cloud.

Master Of Hounds and Alexander Pope are other Ballydoyle entries while Strong Suit's trainer Richard Hannon has just Dubawi Gold left in the Newmarket Classic on Saturday week.


From Belfast Telegraph