Fabulous Frankel bows out in style

Frankel made it 14 wins from 14 starts with victory over Cirrus Des Aigles in the QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot today, after which it was confirmed that he had run his last race.

The race didn’t go exactly to plan for Sir Henry Cecil’s superstar, as he missed the break and his pacemaker Bullet Train struggled to get the lead.

However he quickly cruised into contention, and when Tom Queally brought his mount through on the outside of runners to challenge French raider Cirrus Des Aigles for the lead with a furlong to run it was clear that he had the race sewn up.

The son of Galileo, who was sent off the 2-11 favourite, once again oozed class and after quickening to take up the lead only had to be given one backhander to win by  a comfortable 1 3/4 lengths.

Cirrus Des Aigles kept on well for second, with John Gosden’s Nathaniel nabbing third.

Frankel was clapped and cheered by a packed Ascot crowd before the race and parade, and was welcomed back into the winners’ enclosure with three cheers.

His owner Prince Khalid Abdulla then revealed that he had run his last race, and the winning trainer summed it all up when he said: “He’s the best there has ever been and likely the best there will ever be.”

Never have truer words been spoken.

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