Victorious Frankel bows out in style

Frankel, the world’s top-ranked race horse, maintained his unbeaten record on Saturday with a hard-fought win in his final race at the Champion Stakes.

By (Agencies)

Published: Sun 21 Oct 2012, 11:38 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 9:27 AM

Frankel made it 14 out of 14 in his stunning three-year career but he had to fight in the Ascot heavy going to wear down the tough French veteran Cirrus Des Aigles by one and three quarter-lengths.

“He will retire today. He has run his last race,” Saudi Arabian owner, Prince Khalid Abdullah, told Reuters after Frankel and trainer Henry Cecil were given a standing ovation following the emotionally-charged victory.

Cecil, who has praised the horse for helping to sustain his battle against cancer, told reporters: “He’s the best I’ve ever had, the best I’ve ever seen.”

Frankel missed the break coming out of the stalls and then was tucked in fourth by the unflappable Tom Queally but he pulled out to take the lead in the final furlong to land the glittering prize, to the ecstatic delight of the 35,000 racegoers.

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