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Under treatment Cecil aims to be there for Frankel

By Robert Jones

Sir Henry Cecil is planning to make a welcome return to the racecourse in order to see Frankel compete in tomorrow's Juddmonte International at York.

The celebrated trainer, who has been receiving ongoing treatment for cancer, has not wanted to pick up other infections, and missed the unbeaten superstar's most recent victory in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. Frankel, who has dominated the mile division, faces just eight rivals as he steps up to 10 furlongs for the first time in a bid for win 13.

Cecil said: "Although I have had some medical treatment recently and not been racing because my immune system is low, I have been able to work from home.

"I am very hopeful that I will be able to make it to York on Wednesday to saddle my horses. I just cannot miss the day and I want to be there for Frankel."

While hardly a betting proposition as a long odds-on shot, the race declarations saw bookmakers Labrokes ease Frankel from 1-10 to 1-8, while he was trading at 1-7 with William Hill.

With Tom Queally unsurprisingly sticking with Frankel, his regular lead horse Bullet Train will be ridden by Eddie Ahern. Another Cecil inmate, Twice Over, who won the International last year, will be reunited with Ian Mongan.

Aidan O'Brien also fields three runners, headed by Coronation Cup hero St Nicholas Abbey, who is dropping back in trip from a mile and a half.

Outsiders Windsor Palace and Robin Hood also run for the Ballydoyle team. Godolphin's Farhh chased home Frankel at Goodwood last time and is set to take his chance again, although trainer Saeed bin Suroor has warned he will only run if the ground is suitable.

Marco Botti's Planteur and the Roger Varian-trained Sri Putra complete the line-up.

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