FRANKEL embarks on his four-year-old season and there's no reason why it shouldn't be as exciting as the previous two. Currently rated the best horse in the world, Sir Henry Cecil's unbeaten colt had the measure of the best of today's opposition when rattling up four straight Group 1 victories last year and his trainer reports him fully recovered from a minor setback in training. Excelebration matured into a top-class miler under the care of Marco Botti last season and won his first start for new trainer Aidan O'Brien at the Curragh recently. He chased home Frankel on a couple of occasions last term and looks like doing so today ahead of the returning Strong Suit. The latter has surpassed stablemate Dubawi Gold at this level and the remainder look only bit players as the main act takes centre stage.
Bullet Train 150-1 (9-3) Led and soon clear, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 8, 12l behind Frankel (9-0) at Ascot 1m Grp 1 (1) gd in Oct.
Dubawi Gold 5-2 (9-0) Took keen hold, held up in rear and raced wide 1st 2f, headway to modest 4th inside final 3f, never involved, 4th of 6, 18l behind Penitent (9-0) at Sandown 1m Grp 2 (1) hvy in Apr.
Excelebration (IRE) 2-7fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, smooth headway to lead over 1f out, quickened clear final furlong, very easily, won at Curragh 7f Grp 3 (1) in Apr beating Croisultan (9-1) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Frankel 4-11fav (9-0) Keen early held up, headway to chase clear leader halfway, led over 1f out, ridden and ran on (impressive), won at Ascot 1m Grp 1 (1) gd in Oct beating Excelebration (9-0) by 4l, 8 ran.
Ransom Note 5-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakening when short of room over 1f out, last of 9, 19l behind Questioning (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gs in Apr.
Strong Suit (USA) 15-2 (8-11) Chck early,rank,std'd, 10th of 13, 10l behind Court Vision (9-0) at Churchill Downs(USA) 1m grd stk (1) gd in Nov.
Windsor Palace (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) Tracked leader in 2nd and clear of remainder from before halfway, challenged in straight and led under 2f out, kept on under pressure, won at Curragh 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gs beating St Nicholas Abbey (9-8) by 1l, 7 ran.