Noble’s Mission to keep Frankel flag flying

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While Frankel may have retired to a lucrative stud career, his brother Noble Mission aims to keep the family flag flying high in today’s Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes at Newbury.

Trained by Sir Henry Cecil, as was Frankel, Noble Mission has some way to go to emulate even half of his brother’s achievements, but he has demonstrated a good deal of ability so far. He beat subsequent St Leger winner Encke in the Gordon Stakes and has been placed in several other Group races with connections expecting him to blossom as a four-year-old, starting with a good run in the race better known as the John Porter. The trainer told “Noble Mission looks really well. Although he will improve from the race, I can see him being in the first three.”

Owner Khalid Abdullah’s racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe said: “Noble Mission has wintered very well and Henry has been very pleased with him. Over the winter Henry marked him out as someone he thinks can be a really good improver. We’d be very hopeful for him.

“We’d love to get a Group One out of him, but we’d love to get a Group One out of any of them. If he’s that sort of calibre, we want to give him every chance to prove it. We also run Model Pupil, who won really well up at Doncaster’s first meeting.”



1.30 Mubrook

2.05 Changing Times

2.40 Court Minstrel

3.15 Sacre Toi

3.50 Nuts N Bolts (nap)

4.25 Saphir River

5.00 Danimix

5.35 Glingerburn


1.15 Take Two

1.50 Noble Mission

2.20 Haaf A Sixpence

2.55 Maureen

3.30 Olympic Glory

4.05 Kyllachy Rise

4.40 Circus Turn


1.55 Leo Luna

2.30 Global Fella

3.05 The Fonz

3.40 Sandynow

4.15 The Nephew

4.50 Diamond King

5.20 Cool Mission


2.15 Snow Bay

2.50 Lord Ashley

3.25 Ardmay

4.00 Nanton

4.35 Satsuma

5.10 Dubai Hills

5.45 Burnhope

6.10 Art Dzeko


5.30 Bounty Hunter

6.00 Errigal Lad

6.30 Exotic Isle

7.00 Loch Moy

7.30 Shades Of Silver

8.00 Mash Potato


6.15 Captain Kendall

6.45 Shes Ellie

7.15 Saharia

7.45 Magika

8.15 Speckled

8.45 Time To Dance

9.15 Lac Sacre

Saturday Yankee

Nuts N Bolts

3:50 Ayr

Sacre Toi

3:15 Ayr


2:55 Newbury

Olympic Glory

3:30 Newbury



2.20 Lord Wishes

2.50 Candleford

3.20 Lord Of Drums

3.50 Talkin Thomas (nap)

4.20 Full Speed

4.50 Railway Dillon

5.20 Wintered Well

5.50 Banderitos


2.00 Houndscourt

2.30 One More Dinar

3.00 Aegean Destiny

3.30 Temple Lord

4.00 Zipit

4.30 Bab Al Salam

5.00 Rumbavu


2.10 Osmosia

2.40 Soixante Six

3.10 Swift Lord

3.40 Mystic Appeal

4.10 Juicy Legend

4.40 Kalani King

5.10 Royal Chatelier

5.40 Duke’s Affair


Talkin Thomas

3:50 Newcastle


4:00 Stratford