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This afternoon the magnificent Frankel bids to continue his unbeaten run and win his 12th race.

Frankel is up against just three rivals – his half-brother Bullet Train, Gabrial and Farhh – in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood today (Wednesday 1 August). His main contender looks to be Godolphin’s Farhh, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, who was supplemented for the race at a cost of £19,500.

Frankel, owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah, won the race last year beating Canford Cliffs by five lengths in what was dubbed “the duel on the Downs”. If he wins he will become the first horse to win the race twice.

The four-year-old, who is officially rated the world’s best racehorse, won his 11th consecutive race – the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on 19 June. And today he goes off at 1-20 favourite.

Though his trainer Sir Henry Cecil will not be present.

“Unfortunately, I won’t be at Goodwood on Wednesday as I have been undergoing some treatment,” said Sir Henry on his website. “Although I am able to train my horses I’m not quite fit to go racing yet, but I hope to be fully recovered in the near future.

“Everything has gone as we could have wished with Frankel since the Queen Anne Stakes. We gave him an easy time immediately after Royal Ascot before bringing him back into fast work.

“He has pleased us with his work and is going to the Sussex Stakes in good shape. We are taking one race at a time with him and are hoping that he can extend his unbeaten record.”

The Sussex Stakes will be run at 3.10pm today.