As spectators gathered in their thousands for the Ebor Festival today, organizers welcomed record numbers through the gates at York Racecourse, many of whom were there, solely to witness ‘super horse’ Frankel up his distance to ten furlongs for the first time, under jockey Tom Queally in the Juddmonte International Stakes.
The much loved Trainer Sir Henry Cecil made an emotional return to the racecourse to witness Frankel’s 13th consecutive win. When interviewed, Cecil, who has been receiving ongoing treatment for cancer said the win made him feel: “Twenty years better.”
After the race, Jockey Tom Queally said: “I suspected they’d go a good gallop, but we had our plan in place. It panned out nicely – he won ever so well.” – And indeed he did, so what is next for the worlds favourite thoroughbred? Well, after today, owner Prince Khalid Abdullah confirmed that the plan remains the same; Frankel will race one more time in the G1 Champion Stakes at Ascot in October and then he’ll be retired to stud.