FRANKEL RETIRES TO BANSTEAD MANOR STUD

FRANKEL, the highest rated horse in the world and proclaimed by many to be the best racehorse of all time, has been retired from racing and is set to join the Juddmonte stallion roster for 2013.

After winning the QIPCO Champion Stakes Gr.1 at Ascot in thrilling style in front of a sell-out crowd, FRANKEL will now be let down from racing at Sir Henry Cecil’s yard before transferring to Banstead Manor Stud in Cheveley to begin his new career at stud.

FRANKEL, a champion at two, three and four years of age, retires unbeaten in 14 starts, the winner of nearly £3 million in prize money and the record holder for European consecutive Gr.1 wins. Throughout his three-season career, FRANKEL reached heights no other horse has attained, including becoming the first horse in history to run to an official rating of 140 twice (in the 8f Queen Anne Stakes Gr.1 and the 10.5f Juddmonte International). He also achieved a Timeform rating of 147 - the highest rating ever awarded by this organisation - and is the only horse to run to a Timeform rating of at least 140 on six separate occasions – underlining his consistent brilliance.

Throughout his career FRANKEL was renowned for his devastating speed and the ease at which he could pass his high-class rivals – who included 23 individual Gr.1 winners of 52 Gr.1 races. He did so by a cumulative winning distance of over 76 lengths, with an average winning distance of 5.4 lengths - his greatest performance perhaps his 11-length defeat of the three-time Gr.1 winner Excelebration in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

FRANKEL is by champion sire Galileo - whose first sons to stand at stud are already producing Gr.1 winners - out of the stakes winning mare Kind, whose first three foals to race have all been Group winners.

Date: 22 October 2012