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FRANKELIO REROUTES TO RIPON.

Frankelio missed his appointment on Tuesday at Pontefract as the ground was two firm, so he will run instead on Wednesday at Ripon in the 2.50pm, with Graham Lee retaining the ride.The ground at the time of writing is good, but rain is expected.

Frankelio was only raised 2lb for winning 23 days ago at Pontefract, and he remains well handicapped on the best of his French form of two years ago.He should settle better this time, as that race will have taken a lot of the freshness out of him.but this race does look more competitive than last time.

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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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