Frankuus team eye Trophy option

Frankuus could have his sights raised significantly on his next start for a crack at the Group One Racing Post Trophy.

Frankuus: Could go for the Racing Post Trophy

The mile prize at Doncaster on October 22 is one of a number of options both at home and abroad that are being considered by connections for the son of Frankel.

Although out of luck in each of his three starts since claiming a debut victory at Haydock in June, the Mark Johnston-trained two-year-old addressed that matter when making a triumphant return to the Merseyside venue last Saturday in Listed contest on his first start over a mile.

Charlie Johnston, son and assistant trainer, said: "He did it well. We had earmarked the Stonehenge Stakes at Salisbury for him as we thought he needed stepping up to a mile.

"When the Washington Singer cut up, it persuaded us to run him over seven furlongs again which in hindsight was a mistake as he has been crying out for the step up to a mile.

"When the rain came (at Haydock), it made it a real test of stamina and that played into his hands and it was really good seeing him get that Listed win.

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"He is an exciting horse for the backend of this year and next year. We have kept him in the Royal Lodge and he has been entered in the Racing Post Trophy.

"I would imagine he will have an entry in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud over a mile and a quarter at the end of the year. These are the sort of races we have in mind.

"Often the race at Saint-Cloud ends up being a weaker race than the Racing Post Trophy. Opposition and ground conditions will dictate where we go."

A total of 83 entries have been received for the race, including 26 possibles for Aidan O'Brien, who has won the contest on seven previous occasions.

Spearheading the Ballydoyle handler's list is dual Group race winner Churchill along with Douglas Macarthur, who is outright ante-post favourite with many bookmakers for next year's Investec Derby.

Godolphin has entered seven, including Superlative Stakes winner Boynton who is one of four potential runners for trainer Charlie Appleby.

Other notable contenders include the Richard Hannon-trained Mehmas, winner of both this year's July and Richmond Stakes, and impressive Solario Stakes winner South Seas from the yard of Andrew Balding.

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