Group 1

QIPCO Holding

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, sponsored by QIPCO

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Graphic courtesy of Racing UK
Date | 15 Oct 2011
Course | Ascot
Age | 3yo+
Distance | 8f
Going | Good
Place | 1st
Winning margin | 4 lengths
1st Frankel
2nd Excelebration
3rd Immortal Verse

Racing Post analysis:

Five individual Group 1 winners lined up for this much-anticipated Group 1, including three of the four best milers in Europe, but the star attraction was unquestionably FRANKEL, who was bidding to extend his unbeaten record to nine races. Despite the quality of the opposition, he looked to have nothing to fear from them on the book - officially rated 9lb clear of his nearest rival - and the only real concern was whether he’d retained his form since the Sussex Stakes, having been on the go since April.

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As expected his pacemaker Bullet Train set off in front, but he was largely ignored and the main bunch, taken along by Dick Turpin, went an even pace in behind. Frankel was keen early without cover but was allowed to stride on heading to the halfway mark and closed in on his pacemaker between 3f and 2f out (his quickest furlong), before stretching clear inside the last furlong and a half. He beat the runner-up Excelebration just as far here as he did when they met for the first time in the Greenham, but he seems an easier ride these days and getting him to settle better has been important, not least with a view to next year, when he’s likely to be asked to challenge for top honours over 1m2f. There had been an outside chance that he’d go to the Breeders´ Cup this year and, in what is a weak year for 3yos in the US, he’d surely have been a big player in the Classic as his style of running suggests the dirt should suit, but Sir Henry Cecil ruled it out and he’ll now be given a winter’s break. He’ll end this year rated the best horse in the world and there’s plenty to look forward to next season.

Selected Media Articles

16 Oct 2011: Racing Post - That's why they call him the freak
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Frankel Facts

His cumulative winning distance was 76¼ lengths. His average winning distance was 5.4 lengths.

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