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City Of Troy could be so much more than the ‘next Frankel’


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The question of whether colt is ‘as good’ as a horse that raced a decade or more ago is the least interesting thing about him

It was inevitable that someone would drop the F-word after City Of Troy’s devastating success in the Dewhurst Stakes on Saturday, but quite the surprise that it was Michael Tabor, City Of Troy’s co-owner in the Coolmore syndicate, who got there first. “He really is our Frankel,” Tabor said after the colt’s three-and-a-half length win, effectively ensuring that similar comparisons will be drawn whenever City Of Troy sees a racecourse or, at the very least, for as long as he remains unbeaten.

It is a significant weight of expectation to hang around the neck of a colt with just three runs in the book, and the chance that City Of Troy will even approach the level of Frankel’s best form, never mind the ease and consistency with which he turned out one monstrous performance after another, remains slim.

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