Frankel is officially the world's best Thoroughbred racehorse. Foaled in 2008, he is a colt by Galileo out of Kind, and was trained by Sir Henry Cecil in Newmarket on behalf of his owner/breeder Prince Khalid Abdullah of Juddmonte Farms.
After winning all four of his races as a two-year-old in 2010, including the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket, Frankel proved himself by far the best three-year-old of his generation in 2011. His victories included an incredible triumph in the 2000 Guineas - a performance described as “one of the greatest displays on a British racecourse” – and a powerful display in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Day.
Frankel remained in training as a four-year-old, winning his first race, the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, by five lengths in May. He followed up with an amazing performance in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes on the first day of Royal Ascot, beating a high class field by 11 lengths after starting as one of the shortest-priced runners in the history of the Royal meeting.
After this scintillating victory, Timeform awarded Frankel a rating of 147 - the highest mark ever given to a racehorse. This puts Frankel ahead of the likes of Sea Bird II (foaled in 1962), Brigadier Gerard (foaled in 1968) and Tudor Minstrel (foaled in 1944), which makes Frankel the greatest horse to have raced in over sixty years of the Sport of Kings according to official ratings.
His third race of 2012 was the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, where Frankel became the first horse in history to win this prestigious race more than once. It was then on to the Group 1 Juddmonte International at York, where Frankel set the record for consecutive wins in European Group 1 races (eight in a row) and won his first race over 10 furlongs by an easy 7 lengths.
On his final career start, Frankel won the Group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot in thrilling style, after which his owner Prince Khalid Abdullah announced that Frankel was to retire to stud, the unbeaten winner of 14 races and the highest rated horse in the world.
Frankel now resides at Banstead Manor Stud near Newmarket, the European headquarters of Prince Khalid's Juddmonte Farms. He covered his first mares in 2013 and his first foals were born in 2014. His first two-year-olds will begin racing in 2016.