Frankel versus Canford Cliffs duel proves that speed kills

The duel between Frankel and Canford Cliffs in the Sussex Stakes on July 27 at Glorious Goodwood turned into a match race between them.  Click here to read a conversation about the race with Simon Rowlands of Timeform.

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8 thoughts on “Frankel versus Canford Cliffs duel proves that speed kills”

  1. Great piece, Sid. A truly remarkable colt.

    I had the pleasure of attending the Guineas at Newmarket this year and Frankel was a sight to behold. It’s more than winning races with this colt, it’s how he wins. On Guineas day I heard older gentlemen remark that they had never seen anything like him.

    Speed definitely kills.

  2. What sometimes gets lost when a front-runner tries to run the finish out of a “sit and kicker” is that the front runner usually goes out too quickly and is vunerable in the closing stages.

    Whether it’s human or horse, the way to deal with a “kicker” is to get gradually faster, and set the “kicker” an ever-accelerating target. Here, Canford Cliffs “cracked” – he’s not really 15 lbs. inferior at weight for age – but even if he hadn’t he had the near impossible task of finishing up in 43.8 for the last half mile.

    Many years ago, Lester Piggott used to ride the same kind of race on Commanche Run, who campaiged over 10f at four, having won the St. Leger at 14F+ at three.

  3. Hi guys,

    I’ve seen Frankel run twice now and he is very impressive, but do you think he really is as good as his Timeform rating? In a match race against the great Lure, how do you think he would fare?

  4. interesting match, Jameel. One was American, the other Euro, both front runners. Do you race a one-turn mile or two? US or Europe? All sorts of possibilities, but Lure was of course beaten.

  5. I’m very sorry to say that Lure wasn’t running on hay, oats and water, either. he was immensely talented, to be sure, but I have no doubt that Frankel is the better of the two.

  6. I think you guys are way too hard on American turf horses. I’m sure Frankel is great, but bring him to Santa Anita or Del Mar and you might be surprised to see what happens.

  7. Jameel,

    Goldikova has come come to the U.S. three times and beaten the best that the U.S. could offer, and pretty comfortably. Much as I love Goldikova, I find it hard to believe that Frankel is her inferior. He just “broke” Canford Cliffs, horse that had won five straight group ones, the most recent by a length over Goldikova, who proved to day that she’s no back number.

    I’m not old enough to have seen Tudor Minstrel, but I remember the best European milers back to Brigadier Gerard, and have lived in the U.S. for 15 years, and of the turf milers in my recollection on either side, it would take a Brigadier Gerad type horse to match him the way he ran at Goodwood.

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