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Frankel's Finest Finish?

If you’re a Frankel fan – and who isn’t – then here’s your chance to relive each of his thirteen thrilling victories and then vote for which you believe to be his finest finish so far. 

You have until midday on Tuesday 16th October to register your favourite Frankel career-defining victory. Everyone who votes will be entered into a prize draw to win an exclusive Frankel jacket and a pair of tickets to see him have what is likely to be his final ever start at the now sold-out QIPCO British Champions Day.

 

FRANKEL’S THIRTEEN RACES

2010

13.08.10 European Breeders' Fund Maiden Stakes, Newmarket

Frankel first graced the racecourse in a mile maiden race at Newmarket - and what a race it turned out to be! Including a future Ascot Gold Cup winner, Colour Vision, and a later Eclipse and King George hero, Nathaniel, it surely has to go down as one of the strongest maidens ever seen. Frankel immediately showed his class, powering clear in the final two furlongs to hold off Nathaniel by half a length and give the world its first glimpse of a horse of a lifetime.

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10.09.10 Frank Whittle Partnership Conditions Stakes, Doncaster

After his impressive maiden it was off to Doncaster for Frankel, where only three rivals attempted to claim his scalp, and he was duly sent off the 1/2 favourite by the bookies. Backers never had a moments doubt, though, as Tom Queally eased him up alongside the leaders a furlong from home and then unleashed him to a huge 13-length winning margin.

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25.09.10 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes, Ascot

A step up to Group company awaited the Sir Henry Cecil-trained colt at Ascot. Once again Frankel was sent off an odds-on shot to win and he never looked like doing anything else, using his trademark burst of speed to leave the field for dead two furlongs out and eventually crossing the line ten lengths to the good. Back in third position was Treasure Beach, who would go on to finish second in the Epsom Derby and win the Irish Derby in the following season.

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16.10.10 Dubai Dewhurst Stakes, Newmarket

Frankel’s final start of 2010 was one of the most anticipated races of the year, when he took on two other highly-rated two-year-olds for the first time in his first Group 1 contest. Dream Ahead, who had won the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes by ten lengths a fortnight earlier, was his chief opponent, but there was also Godolphin's recent Champagne Stakes winner, Saamidd, in the field.  Despite this, Frankel ran out a comfortable two-and-a-quarter length winner.

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2011


16.04.11 totesport.com Greenham Stakes, Newbury

Frankel’s hugely-anticipated return in 2011 began in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury. This race was widely seen as a prep race for the QIPCO 2000 Guineas, for which he was already a hot favourite. He easily disposed of Excelebration, who would go on to win a Group 1 race later in the season, and the rest of the field to win by four lengths. In the post-race interview, Sir Henry Cecil predicted that Frankel would improve dramatically for the Guineas, stoking further excitement for the season’s first Classic.

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30.4.11 QIPCO 2000 Guineas, Newmarket

The QIPCO 2000 Guineas of 2011 went down as one of the most visually stunning performances of all time. With speculation rife about how the horse would be ridden, the general consensus was that the early pace would be set by Frankel’s pacemaker, Rerouted. However, from the off, Frankel and his jockey Tom Queally galloped to the lead and never looked back. By half way he had the rest of the Group 1 field off the bit and was a staggering fifteen lengths clear of his nearest challenger. Eventually crossing the line six lengths clear, his performance was instantly ranked as one of the best ever.

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14.06.11 St James's Palace Stakes, Ascot

After swerving the Epsom Derby, Frankel’s next race was at Royal Ascot where eight rivals went to post for the St James’s Palace Stakes. Having gained a six-length lead with two furlongs to go, for the first time the field started to close him down. He hung on to win by three-quarters of a length from Zoffany, but it was the first time that the Khalid Abdulla-owned colt had looked vulnerable - even though Sir Henry and Tom Queally insisted that he had simply been idling in front.

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27.07.11 QIPCO Sussex Stakes, Goodwood

If Frankel was to silence the doubters, he could not have done it in a more impressive style than that of his next race, the QIPCO Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood when he claimed a major scalp. Billed as the 'Duel on the Downs' with the Queen Anne Stakes winner Canford Cliffs, Frankel ran out an easy five length winner as Canford Cliffs hung badly left in the final furlong and was later retired after sustaining an injury in the race.

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15.10. 2011 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Sponsored by QIPCO, Ascot

Frankel’s final race of his three-year-old campaign was the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at QIPCO British Champions Day, the newly founded finale of the British Flat racing season. Excelebration lined up again after winning his own Group One in France, the Prix du Moulin, and Immortal Verse, a Royal Ascot winner, also made the billing. Frankel, however, was in a different class and rounded off an incredible season with a comfortable four-length success. The excitement reached fever pitch when Prince Khalid Abdulla and Sir Henry Cecil announced Frankel would be kept in training as a four-year-old.

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2012

19.05.12 JLT Lockinge Stakes, Newbury

Despite an injury scare early in the season, the wonder horse’s first engagement was the Group 1 JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. Again Excelebration was his main rival, and particulalarly so after having moved over the winter to Aidan O’Brien’s powerful Ballydoyle operation. However, once again, Frankel was simply too good for his rivals, showing his now trademark turn of foot at the two furlong pole and cruising clear to a five-length victory, with Excelebration once again chasing him home in second.

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19.06.12 Queen Anne Stakes, Ascot

Despite calls for Frankel to be stepped up in distance, Sir Henry insisted that they would not rush Frankel and that he would tell them when he was ready. True to his words, Frankel’s eleventh race was the Queen Anne Stakes, over a mile at Royal Ascot. There, he put in one of his most visually impressive performances, showing his custom burst of speed two furlongs out to win by an impressive eleven lengths.

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1.08.12 QIPCO Sussex Stakes, Goodwood

Once again the team behind Frankel resisted calls to him up in trip for his next run, instead targeting a defence of the QIPCO Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. A new rival was to meet Frankel here, Farhh, who had actually been due to face Frankel as a two-year-old at Doncaster before being pulled out at the last minute, and who had since finished third in the Group One Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot. However, even Farhh couldn’t trouble Sir Henry’s superstar, and he was dispatched with ultimate ease as the unstoppable Frankel cantered his way to a twelfth straight win and an official rating of 141, the second highest of all time.

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22.08.12 Juddmonte International Stakes, York

The Juddmonte International was Frankel’s first outing over ten furlongs where his opposition included St Nicholas Abbey, the Coronation Cup and Breeders' Cup Turf winner. Any questions about his stamina were quickly dismissed as Frankel cruised into the lead a furlong from home and instantly accelerated away from St Nicholas Abbey and Farhh, resulting in a seven-length victory and a performance which was again rated at 141, just one pound behind Dancing Brave.

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Frankel’s next, and likely final, race is one of the most eagerly anticipated of the year - the Champion Stakes on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse on 20th October 2012. 

 

THE VOTING FOR FRANKEL'S FINEST FINISH HAS NOW CLOSED. THE RESULT WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY.