Have you heard of Frankel?

CONGRATULATIONS TO FRANKEL, WHO WON HIS 11TH RACE IN THE 2012 QUEEN ANNE STAKES AT ROYAL ASCOT IN ELEVEN LENGTHS.

If you can’t see the video of Frankel’s trainer Sir Henry Cecil talking about his star Frankel – and I think you’ll enjoy hearing about his patient approach with the horse – click here.

Not the US Hall of Fame Trainer, the late BobbyFrankel, although the horse had been named for him. This Frankel is the 4-year-old racehorse named last year as the Best Racehorse in the World. He’s undefeated with ten wins. His next race is Tuesday in the Royal Ascot opener – the Queen Anne Stakes, a one-mile race.

Here’s a little introduction to Frankel, as of mid-June 2012:

The four-year-0ld Frankel was bred by Juddmonte Farms and owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah. Sir Henry Cecil trains Frankel. His usual jockey is Tom Queally, who describes his most famous mount as “out of this world.”

Frankel’s sire is the Irish stallion Galileo, who won the Epsom Derby, the Irish Derby and the King George Stakes, and now stands at Coolmore Stud. His dam Kind, another Irish horse who had a hot streak of her own in five consecutive wins back in the day, is in foal again to Galileo, as of this writing in June 2012, according to the Bloodstock in the Bluegrass blog.

In 2011, Frankel was rated the world’s top-rated horse the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities. (And we Yanks get excited over Horse of the Year. Not to take anything from 2011’s HOY winner Havre de Grace.)

Watch Frankel smoke the competition in the 2011 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. (Yes. Click the link. I’d embed the video, but I can’t.)

He has only run in the UK. He usually wins by multiple lengths – not as far out as the 2000 Guineas but far and ahead of the others. His only “squeakers” have been his maiden and his last year’s appearance at Royal Ascot when he shot to the finish just before the others, as mentioned in this Guardian article after his win at Lockinge Stakes about a month ago.

Will Frankel make it 11-0? What do you think?

Check out Frankel’s website for more photos.

He’s not the only star to show up this year at Royal Ascot. We’ll meet her next: The Wonder from Down Under.

 

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