Frankel bears little to no comparison when it comes to greatness, but let’s not worry about that right now, and enjoy his beauty. Here he is, filmed running in slow motion on the magnificent Newmarket gallops. That’s his 3/4 brother Bullet Train with him, who is also Frankel’s pacemaker.
There is a good post on The Vault that describes the team that put together Frankel’s career and developed him into a stellar champion racehorse who ran undefeated in 14 races, 12 of them Group 1 races.
For American racing people, it is particularly worth reading so you can learn what real horsemanship and integrity in horse racing looks like.
No trainer deserves Frankel more than Sir Henry Cecil. I am so grateful Frankel was foaled in England and came under his tutelage and care, and that of his excellent staff.
The Vault article opens:
In the romance of the turf, champions are born. But that doesn’t really happen. A thoroughbred comes to a trainer with his or her abilities and potential. And, like all great teachers, it falls to that trainer and his or her team to recognize and develop it.
In all the emotion that accompanied Frankel’s last, triumphant appearance on a race course, the observation that still hangs in the air belongs to Lord (Teddy) Grimthorpe, Prince Khalid Abdullah’s racing manager, who reflected, “It’s just extraordinary that Henry could keep this horse fit for this amount of time.” By which he meant that there is no greater challenge than keeping a personality like Frankel happy within himself over a career that has spanned three racing seasons.
And we might add, at the highest level of competition. Read more >>
Here is one of Frankel’s greatest victories.