When you look through the history of flat racing there have been some stunning champions but none more so than the mighty Frankel. The son of Galileo is still to this day the highest rated flat horse in history and looking back on his career this comes as no surprise. He finished his career with 14 wins unbeaten and certainly left his best for Ascot on many occasions. With Royal Ascot now just a few weeks away we will look back on Frankel’s key victories.
2000 Guineas Stakes (2011)
On his second start as a three year old he went into the Guineas unbeaten and the shortest priced horse since 1974 at odds of 1/2. He put in one of the greatest performances to ever take place on a British racecourse when motoring away to go 15 lengths clear by half way before winning by six lengths. This was also the largest winning margin in the race since 1947. An incredible feat of a true Champion.
Queen Anne Stakes (2012)
Frankel’s performance in the 2012 Queen Anne may go down as his best and possibly the greatest of any race horse on a race track in history. He was sent off at prohibitive odds of 1/10 and stalked his pacemaker throughout. He was tanking along before taking up the running with three furlongs to run. He was pushed clear and turned a competitive group 1 into a procession firmly establishing himself as a true great of modern day racing. This was the one performance that left you jaw dropped and it is very unlikely we will see something similar again. What was even more remarkable is two horses left in his wake were rated 2nd and 5th in the World rankings just showing the superiority he had over any other horse. You can now bet on Royal Ascot at Star Sports and it is the Gosden trained Cracksmen who will look to establish himself as the leading horse currently in training and improve his already high timeform rating of 136.
Champion Stakes (2012)
Frankel’s final start was in the Champions Stakes again at Ascot where he brought an end to his record breaking career. Every thing went against the horse on the day but he showed he was a true champion. With the ground very testing many people were already voicing their concerns with the likes of Cirrus des Aigles in opposition who had shown a real liking to the conditions.
On the off Frankel was very slow away and gave away a number of lengths at the start making his task all the more difficult. However in front of a sell out crowd of 32,000 he was brought to the outside and joined the leaders on the bridle. Frankel was then pushed clear to win by just under two lengths from the previously mentioned French star Cirrus des Aigles with a further two and a half-lengths back to Nathaniel. A fitting end to the greatest Champion to ever step foot on a race course.