Unbeaten as a 2, 3 and 4 year old, including nine victories at Group One level, Frankel’s perfect record speaks for itself.
Named after the memory of the great American trainer Bobby Frankel, this ‘unbeatable’ horse is perhaps the greatest to have lived.
From the virtuoso performance in the 2000 Guineas that saw Frankel romp home to win the Classic by a staggering six lengths, to his beating Canford Cliffs in what was billed as the ‘Duel of the Downs’ at Glorious Goodwood, and not forgetting the majestic 11-length triumph at Royal Ascot in the Queen Anne Stakes that left those who witnessed it speechless, this programme looks back on the career of a legend whose achievements may never be matched, let alone bettered.
Frankel won 14 out of 14 races, a formidable record that may never be equalled.
Featuring interviews with Sir Henry Cecil and Tom Queally, this is the definitive and official story of a horseracing legend.
Extract from Horse & Hound news report on 8 November 2012:
[today] superstar racehorse Frankel left trainer Sir Henry Cecil’s yard to start his new life at Banstead Manor Stud.
Frankel retired unbeaten after his 14th win and will stand for his owner Khalid Abdulla's Juddmonte Farms at Banstead Manor in 2013.
The four-year-old was waved off from Warren Place by Sir Henry and his staff. “There is no doubt Frankel has been a brilliant racehorse. I am pretty certain that there has never been a better or more talented thoroughbred,” Sir Henry Cecil said.
"He had the speed to be a champion sprinter and then, once he grew up and settled, he got a distance with a turn of foot that makes champions.
"Today is a sad day in some ways for us as he has given us so much pleasure over the past three years. But I want to thank Frankel for so much — for being such a very special part of my training career.
“Thank you, Frankel."
And on arrival at Banstead Manor, Frankel — by Galileo and out of Kind — returned to his birthplace.
“In the foaling unit on February 11 2008 at 11.40pm, little did we realise that we were witnessing the birth of a phenomenal racehorse,” said Juddmonte’s Philip Mitchell.
"The rest as they say is history and it is now extremely exciting that Frankel will be returning to the stallion unit at Banstead — some 500 yards from where he was born."