Fantastic 13 for Frankel!
Frankel, the world’s greatest racehorse, produced another dazzling display to take his remarkable winning streak to 13 consecutive victories in the Juddmonte International at York.
In front of a crowd of over 30,000 (more than 50% up on last year!), Frankel made a seamless transition to the new mile and a quarter trip as he annihilated his rivals to win by an easy seven lengths. Coral-Eclipse runner-up Farhh held second by a nose from the dual Investec Coronation Cup and Breeder’s Cup Turf winner, St Nicholas Abbey.
Today he has made further history by becoming the first horse in history to run to an official rating of 140 awarded by the British Horseracing Authority’s Head of Handicapping.
Tom Queally settled Frankel near the back of the field and he was always cruising as the pacemakers for St Nicholas Abbey, Robin Hood and Windsor Palace, set a blistering pace to try to exploit any stamina weakness in the world’s best racehorse.
It never looked like coming off, however, and when Frankel cruised past St Nicholas Abbey and Farhh with over two furlongs to run, it was game over.
He sauntered clear and showed no sign of stopping when he hit the line with clear daylight between him and his two main opponents as they battled it out for second place.
Sir Henry Cecil, who received a resounding three cheers in the winner’s enclosure after the race was understandably jubilant, saying: "That was great, wasn't it?
"It's fantastic. It's great for Yorkshire, they are very supportive of racing and they deserve to see him."
Asked how it made him feel, the trainer, who is in the midst of ongoing treatment for cancer, said: "Twenty years better."
Frankel is now set to have his next and probably final run on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 20 October. To buy tickets to what is set to be an extraordinary day, CLICK HERE.
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