The eyes of the racing world will be focused on Yarmouth at 2.30 this afternoon, when Frankel’s brother Noble Mission,makes his debut in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing EBF Maiden Stakes.
Despite the fact that Frankel was a very impressive winner on his first start, connections are playing down the prospect of his brother doing likewise on Tuesday. Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to Khalid Abdullah, yesterday warned not to get too excited prior to Noble Mission’s first appearance.
Grimthorpe said: “He’s not Frankel. It’s slightly bad luck for the horse who is his brother! If you are expecting Noble Mission to win by ten lengths you are going to be sadly disappointed, I expect. We hope he’s going to be a nice horse. He’s straightforward and has enjoyed a good preparation.
“We think he’s going to make up into a mile-and-a-quarter, mile-and-a-half horse next year. I know there are expectations, but I think it would be misleading to say we have another worldbeater on our hands at this stage.”
Trainer Henry Cecil said: “He is backward, but ready for a run. I have not really looked at the race yet with regard to how good it is.”