FRANKEL has been busy getting ready for his first season as a stallion - but like most of us he will enjoy a relaxing Christmas Day.

The world's greatest racehorse, whose new career is scheduled to begin on Valentine's Day, has been taken on a series of seven-mile walks as part of his preparations at Banstead Manor Stud near Newmarket.

Judging by his mail-bag, he clearly remains as popular as ever. And over the last few days FRANKEL has been keeping a close eye on all the Christmas cards that he has received (see picture with head stallion man Rob Bowley).

Juddmonte Farms general manager Philip Mitchell said: "FRANKEL touched the lives of so many people during his career and we have been inundated with emails and cards enquiring about him - not least in the lead-up to Christmas.

"All being well, we are intending to stage a series of stud tours next summer when people can come to visit him and the other stallions at Banstead Manor - and find out more about the breeding industry.

"FRANKEL is enjoying his new life with us here and is always very much at home."

Details of the tours of Banstead Manor Farm will be outlined in the spring on

Frankel at Christmas

Date: 24 December 2012