Racing Post - Devastating sixth-furlong burst faster than King’s Stand runners

Dave Edwards, the Racing Post’s Topspeed, assesses fabulous Frankel’s storming Queen Anne win

Frankel produced a lung-bursting split in the Queen Anne Stakes that was faster than any fraction clocked by any runner in the 5f King’s Stand – run 35 minutes later – according to data supplied by Turftrax.

Sir Henry Cecil’s star covered the first four furlongs in 50.96sec (including a standing start), but from then on was in overdrive.

He went through the fifth furlong in 11.26 then clocked 10.58 for the sixth furlong, hitting a top speed of 42.53 miles per hour and making his rivals look leaden-legged.

No runner in the King’s Stand could match that 10.58 split at any point during the race and Frankel cumulatively covered the fifth, sixth and seventh furlong in 32.88sec, compared to the 32.79 achieved by Little Bridge (for whom it was the second, third and fourth) in the Group 1 sprint.

Much has been made of Frankel’s raking stride and during his sixth sizzling furlong he covered almost the length of a cricket wicket every second.

When the fractions from the vanquished in the Queen Anne are revealed we shall see just exactly how much he took out of everything with that electrifying burst.

The fact the ground was on the easy side makes his achievements all the more meritorious and it is worth noting his overall time was only 0.69sec slower than the track record despite the fact he was in splendid isolation for almost three furlongs.

Not for the first time he went at a Group 1 sprinter’s pace for three-eighths of the race and it is his ability to sustain such devastating speed for so long that makes him what he is. 

Frankel splits

Sec                                     Av mph
15.11     After 1 furlong       25.74
11.79     After 2 furlongs     37.46
11.96     After 3 furlongs     37.02
12.10     After 4 furlongs     36.93
11.26     After 5 furlongs     37.11
10.58     After 6 furlongs     42.53
11.04     After 7 furlongs     37.89
14.01     After 8 furlongs     33.20
97.85     Overall                 35.99


Dave Edwards, Racing Post
22 June 2012

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Frankel Facts

In preparation for the covering season he is walked in hand seven miles a day around Banstead Manor Stud to keep fit for his work as a stallion.