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FRANKELIO AIMING FOR A REPEAT.

Frankelio was our first winner back, after the resumption of racing when winning at Pontefract three weeks ago. On Tuesday, in the 2.50, over the same course and distance, and with Graham Lee retaining the ride, he bids to double up.

The form of his win has worked out well, with both the second, and third from last time, both winning since. Frankelio was raised 2lb for the win, and has once again been lucky with the draw, and he should settle better this time, as he ran quite freely in the early part of the race last time, having not raced previously for eight months.

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Good luck to the connections, Forty Forty Twenty.

Frankelio didn't race as a juvenile, but made up for lost time by finishing in the first three on all six occasions he ran in France for trainer Pascal Bary at three, earning a Racing Post Rating of 98. He made his debut for us as a four year old in May of last year at Chester, and from the impossible draw of stall 13 only went down by five lengths off a mark of 84. He went on to Wetherby, running freely, but only going under by three lengths. His other eye catching run was at Ascot in July, under Becky Smith when he was beaten four lengths, after travelling well throughout the race.

Many ex French horses take a while to acclimatise, so with that in mind, and the fact that many of Frankel's offspring improve with age, the added bonus that he is now a gelding, and that the handicapper has dropped him to a mark of 70, he could be one to follow when the flat season gets started.

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