Frankel makes history with Sussex defence

Frankel was crowned Sussex Stakes champion for the second time this afternoon
Frankel was crowned Sussex Stakes champion for the second time this afternoon
Markov and jockey Tom Bellamyon their way to victory. Picture: Fontwell Park

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Frankel cruised into the record books with victory in the QIPCO Sussex Stakes this afternoon.

The four-year-old son of Galileo defended his title in fine style to become the first horse ever to win the Goodwood Group 1 twice.

Rated 140, the Sir Henry Cecil-trained colt is the finest racehorse on the planet and underlined that crown with a stunning display over a mile on the Downs.

He had little opposition after scaring all but three rivals off - but Frankel still had to produce the goods and did so at restrictive odds of 1/20.

Frankel has now won all 12 of his starts under rules and could be set for a step up to 10 furlongs for the Juddmonte International at York.