FRANKEL'S STORY

Frankel's Story
For so many years race fans awaited a wonder horse. 

Frankel. 

The greatest of greats was foaled on 11th February 2008 at Juddmonte Farms. This son of Galileo out of a talented mare called Kind. This bay colt has a large white star, a white flash just above his nose and four white socks.  

This impressive colt was trained by Sir Henry Cecil, unbeaten in fourteen starts. No surprise that in 2011 he was the highest rated horse in the world. 


Named after legendary trainer Bobby Frankel 


He would go on to win top-class races from 7f - 1m 2f. One of his greatest successes taking the 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket. Unlike his father, Galileo, he didn't have the stamina to attempt the Epsom Derby. However, his roll of honour illustrated a horse of unquestionable talent. Probably the best thoroughbred we are likely to see in our lifetime. 

2YO Career 

It is testimony to think he beat the likes of Nathaniel on debut at Newmarket back in 2010. He raced four times at two, progressing from a half-length win on his racecourse bow, thrashing his rivals on his second start by an ''impressive'' thirteen lengths. 



In September, this bay colt was making a name for himself. After tasting victory in the Royal Lodge Stakes (Group 2) by a ''very impressive'' ten lengths, there was murmurings that this was the best horse legendary trainer Sir Henry Cecil had ever seen.




The Dewhurst Stakes (Group 1) concluded a triumphant two-year-old season pushed out ''comfortably'' for a two-and-a-quarter length victory at odds of 4/6f. 



The world watched as Frankel gained strength while his brave handler fought a battle against terminal cancer. 

3YO Career

Frankel raced five time in his three year old career. After a long winter, he returned in April at Newbury to contest the Greenham Stakes over 7f.  A four-length victory over subsequent German 2000 Guineas winner Excelebration.  Sir Henry Cecil said the horse would improve dramatically for the race. 

On the 30th April, the 2000 Guineas beckoned at Newmarket over 1 mile. Frankel started the shortest odds since 1974 when priced 1/2f. Few people have ever seen such an impressive display when Frankel cruised 15 lengths clear at half way. He won by six lengths. Many commentators said it was ''barely believable'' and a performance which stamped his authority as an exceptional horse.   

After such imperious victories it wasn't a surprise to see Frankel favourite to win the 2011 Epson Derby. Sir Henry Cecil questioned whether Frankel had the stamina to win at 1m 4f. 

Next stop would be at Royal Ascot and the St James' Palace Stakes on the 14th June. This would be the closest Frankel would ever come to losing. After chasing and passing the pacemaker, a six length lead turned to a three-quarter length win from a fast-closing Zoffany. Tom Queally [jockey] was criticised for going too fast although Cecil suggested [perhaps diplomatically] that Frankel had idled in front.     

Glorious Goodwood. The Sussex Stakes was detailed as ''the Duel on the Downs''  Frankel Vs Canford Cliffs. The later trained by Richard Hannon was the highest-rated miler in the world. He was brushed aside by this son of Galileo by five lengths. Canford Cliffs was retired after this race with fears he had suffered an injury. 

Henry Cecil compared Frankel with greats such as Shergar. He also detailed that he thought his superstar would beat Canford Cliffs easily. 

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