Horse Racing: Frankel's half-sister Joyeuse considered for Ascot race


Frankel's two-year-old half-sister Joyeuse is being considered for next month's Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot after a superb winning debut at Lingfield on Tuesday. Joyeuse was ridden to a three-and-a-quarter-length victory in the Maiden Fillies' Stakes by Tom Queally.

The unbeaten Frankel retired as the world's top-rated racehorse in 2012, winning 14 races out of 14 and earning around 3 million pounds. His trainer, Sir Henry Cecil, said: "He's the best I've ever had, the best I've ever seen. I'd be very surprised if there's ever been anything better."

"We've talked about the Albany Stakes but we'll have to see when she gets back," said manager Lord Grimthorpe. Trained by Sir Henry Cecil and owned by Khalid Abdullah, Joyeuse beat Deancealot into second place over the six-furlong race. Grimthorpe added: "Whether Henry would like to go seven furlongs, I don't know. With a filly like this you are always a bit apprehensive because the amount of expectation is so enormous. The great thing is she settled really well, had a bit of a look around when she came through and went on to win the race quite comfortably."

You can't bet on the Albany Stakes race but you can already put your money on another race at Royal Ascot, the Ascot Gold Cup. Here are the odds for the top five favourites:

Rite Of Passage - 6/1
Saddlers Rock - 8/1
Mount Athos - 8/1
Estimate - 8/1
Colour Vision - 9/1

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