Cunco, the first of Frankel’s offspring to make it to the racetrack, will be aimed at the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot 2016 after a successful debut.
The two-year-old’s victory in a six furlong maiden at Newbury on Friday attracted a great deal of media interest, with fans eager to see if Frankel’s first runner as a stallion could live up to the hype and the price tag.
Frankel will always be remembered as the greatest flat horse of all-time with 14 wins from 14 races, with ten of those victories coming at Group 1 level.
Sent off at a price of 7-2, Cunco made smooth progress throughout the race and quickened very well inside the final furlong to score by three-quarters-of-a-length for trainer John Gosden and jockey Robert Havlin.
With all the pressure around the race, Champion Trainer who now has his sights set on Ascot and the 2015 Royal Meeting.
Gosden said: “Cunco had 20 lenses pointing in his direction and that was just in the saddling boxes, so you could say there was some interest. It’s a great story and great for racing that he won.
“All being well, and depending on how he comes out of the race, we’ll look at the Chesham. It seems the obvious race.”
Belardo aiming for Queen Anne Stakes on opening day of Royal Ascot after Lockinge success
Another horse who will be looking for Royal Ascot success is Belardo winner of the Group 1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.
The Roger Varian trained four-year-old got the better of Euro Charline to win the prestigious race by a length, handing Godolphin back-to-back successes in the event. As a two-year-old he claimed Group 1 glory in the Dewhurst Stakes, but endured a torrid season as a three-year-old.
However his campaign in 2016 has been much better and after two wins from three starts and now it is all systems go for the opening race of Royal Ascot 2016, The Queen Anne Stakes.
Varian told Racing UK: “I always kept the faith in the horse, as his work was outstanding at home. He’s got masses of talent.
“We messed him around a bit last year as we had him ready for races and then didn’t run because of the firm ground. Then we tried him over six furlongs and he’s not a sprinter.
“The team at home have done a fantastic job and I’m delighted for the horse, as he deserved another big one, I thought.
“He’ll certainly be trained for Royal Ascot (Queen Anne) – that’s where we’d like to be.God willing we get there in one piece. He will be in all the big mile races and hopefully this will be the start of a good season.”
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