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EARLY days, Robbie Laing would exaggerate when asked how “the Frankel’’ was going.

“There was always so much interest in him, because he was by Frankel, but I’d have to lie when they asked how he was going because I didn’t want to come across as too negative,’’ he said.

“He was going pretty ­average, just OK, to be honest.

“But I’d be saying, ‘Yeah, he’s going good’.’’




Then the penny dropped with Frankel My Dear, to such a degree that Laing now considers the colt a Caulfield Guineas chance. On Saturday he runs in the Listed McKenzie Stakes at Moonee Valley.

The son of legendary ­English horse Frankel might be the real deal.

“I don’t think I’ve had a horse who has improved so much from one gallop to the next. It’s quite remarkable,’’ Laing said. “He gets quicker every time he gallops.’’

The first decent gallop was with a smart colt trained by Greg Eurell a few weeks back at Cranbourne.

Then came a trial, where Frankel My Dear came storming home from last, then a stunning gallop with high-class stablemate Missrock at Moonee Valley on Tuesday.

Some observers said the maiden colt and the mare, a Group 1 runner-up, went as well as each other and were the best ­workers of the morning.

Missrock, second to Vega Magic in The Goodwood in May, is a leading chance in the Carlyon Stakes on Saturday, the race after the McKenzie.

Frankel My Dear (left) finishes strongly on debut to get within two lengths of winner Azazel (right) at Flemington this month. The pair meet again in the 1200m McKenzie Stakes at Moonee Valley. Picture: Getty Images

Frankel My Dear became the first “Frankel’’ to race at Flemington when he made his debut on August 5.

He scorched home from well back to run fifth to Azazel, one of his McKenzie dangers, beaten less than two lengths.

Frankel My Dear is a $18 chance on Saturday and $51 for the Caulfield Guineas on ­October 14.

“What would he be worth if he won that? $20 million?’’ Laing pondered.

Laing said the son was in the mould of the famous ­father, who won all his 14 races.

“Frankel scrambled home in his maiden and just got stronger each time he raced and I have a feeling this colt is a bit similar in that he’s learning quickly,’’ he said.

“We are used to those big, strong Star Kingdom line ­horses here, but this one is ­different, much more fine, much like Frankel himself.’’

Ultimately, Laing is eyeing the autumn.

“I reckon we’ll pull up after the Caulfield Guineas — ­assuming we get that far — and come back for the Australian Guineas in the autumn,’’ he said.


Champion racehorse Frankel was undefeated in his 14-race career. Picture: Getty Images

Originally published as Like dad, frankly

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