Frankel factor sees record opening day attendance at York
The “Frankel Factor” saw a record first day attendance at the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival on Wednesday 22 August.
A total of 30,163 racegoers saw the Prince Khalid Abdulla owned colt stretch his unbeaten record to thirteen races, with a stunning win in the richest ever race on the Knavesmire, the £725,000 Juddmonte International.
The huge crowd was further swelled by the many children, who accompanied their parents free of charge, as well as the throng of people who were at the start and those who lined the route of the race (neither group is recorded in the official attendance). They will all be able to say “I was there the day when …..”
In the build up to the run everyone connected with the horse had helped to promote the appearance of Frankel and their efforts were rewarded by an increase of over 10,000 people or 55% on the 2011 numbers.
Amongst the many records set by Frankel, the attendance eclipses the previous best for an opening day of the festival back in 1989, when just over 23,000 racegoers where present.
Reflecting on a memorable day, William Derby Chief Executive and Clerk of the Course said “It was a huge honour for everyone connected with York Racecourse that the world’s highest rated racehorse ran at York. It was an amazing performance – a truly fantastic Frankel. The atmosphere was electric and the York crowd showed their appreciation of the horse, jockey, Tom Queally, trainer, Sir Henry Cecil, and the owner, Prince Khalid, who so generously also sponsored the race. As well as thanking the York racegoers for their role in creating a very special day, I also want to express my appreciation for the unstinting efforts of everyone at Juddmonte Farms, Warren Place and the British Champions Series who helped in sharing the story of this wonderful horse with the rest of us.”
23 August 2012