FLASHBACK: Frankel wins the Champion Stakes
This was the last ever race by perhaps the greatest racehorse of all-time, Frankel, 14 in-a-row unbeaten!
It wasn’t plain sailing with overnight rain giving trainer Sir Henry Cecil and jockey Tom Queally much cause for concern as the going went to soft, heavy in places.
The extremely slow start out of the stalls would have added even more worry for 32,000 sell-out crowd. However, Frankel showed how much of a class act he was in unfavourable ground and spurred on by the boisterous crowd who cheered him home from three furlongs out.
Sir Henry Cecil who was battling with stomach cancer was just healthy enough to see his last and best horse win on Champions Day at Ascot, he said “He’s the best I’ve ever had, the best I’ve ever seen, I’d be very surprised if there’s ever been anything better.”
Tom Queally who saddled everyone of Frankel’s 14 wins said “No doubt he is better on better ground but his class showed today. I walked the track and was worried about conditions, but after walking the home straight I knew it was not too heavy for him to quicken up and go about his business and win.
You never see an F1 car win on anything but tarmac but for him to win on ground like that shows how special he is.”