Legendary colt Frankel will bring his remarkable racing career to an end at Ascot this year, it is being reported by horse racing betting pundits.
The Henry Cecil trained four year old has once again enjoyed an impressive season, with the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot On October 20 his next target.
The announcement that the unbeaten star would target Britain’s leading middle distance race will more than likely rule out any possibility Frankel will run in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, which is taking place on October 7 this year.
Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to the colt’s owner Prince Khalid, admitted long discussions had taken place regarding where Frankel would next race.
He said: “Following discussions with Sir Henry Cecil, Prince Khalid has decided that Frankel’s next race will be the Group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 20.”
It is little surprise that Champions Day at Ascot has been targeted for Frankel, with the high profile nature of the event seeming the ideal way for such a popular champion to bow out.
In what has already been a mightily impressive season for the colt, he produced another mesmerising performance to land the Juddmonte International at York last week on his first attempt at a mile and quarter.
Following that race, speculation quickly mounted as to where his next race would take place, with discussions thought to have taken place immediately.
Foaled in February 2008, Frankel made his racing début as a two year old back in 2010. The early signs were promising, as he went on to win his maiden race readily at Newmarket in August that year.
Soon after, he ran in the Frank Whittle Conditions Stakes over seven furlongs at Doncaster. Only two horses opposed him, but Frankel accelerated past his opponents to win by thirteen lengths in impressive style.
His first racing season continued impressively, as he picked up victories at Ascot and in the Dewhurst Stakes to ensure he finished the season unbreaten.
In 2011, his star continued to rise with victory in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury, soon followed by successes in the 2,000 Guineas Stakes, beating the Frankie Dettori ridden Casamento, and the St James’s Palace Stakes at Ascot.
Glory in the Sussex Stakes and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes soon followed that year, meaning he was yet to taste defeat.
It was little surprise, then, that much was expected of him going into 2012. Following an early season injury scare, Frankel continued his unbeaten record throughout the season, with his most recent victory coming at York.
If he is to race at Ascot this year, as reported, there is little doubt that he will go into the race as a massive favourite, with victory being the ideal way to bring a sensational career to an end.