In the elite world of horse racing, there are few names that command as much respect and admiration as Frankel.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest racehorses of all time, his legacy is nothing short of unstoppable.

With an unmatched record of 14 consecutive wins, this majestic thoroughbred dominated the sport in a way that redefined racing itself.

Frankel, a bay horse with a large white star and four white feet, was named after the late American racehorse trainer Bobby Frankel.

Owned by Prince Khalid Abdulla and trained by the incomparable Sir Henry Cecil, he was officially rated by Timeform as the best ever racehorse with a rating of 147.

From his impressive victory in the 2000 Guineas to his final triumph in the Champion Stakes, each race showcased his sheer dominance on the track.

But what truly set him apart was his ability to captivate audiences and elevate the sport to new heights.

Even in retirement, he continues to make waves within the racing world. As a highly sought-after stallion, his offspring are proving to be just as formidable as their legendary sire.

His legacy lives on, with his bloodline shaping the future of racing.

Frankel’s Early Life and Background

Frankel’s story begins with his birth on February 11, 2008, at Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket, England.

Bred by Juddmonte Farms, he was the product of an impressive lineage.

His sire, Galileo, was a multiple Group 1 winner and a highly successful stallion. His dam, Kind, was a winner at the Group 3 level and came from an esteemed family of racehorses.

From an early age, he displayed remarkable potential. As a yearling, he stood out during the sales process, attracting the attention of racing enthusiasts and industry experts.

He was eventually purchased by Khalid Abdullah, a prominent figure in horse racing, for a record-breaking price of £1.15 million.

Under the guidance of trainer Henry Cecil, his early training sessions hinted at the greatness that was to come. His impeccable athleticism and innate speed made him a standout in the stable.

As he progressed through his training regimen, it became clear that Frankel was destined for greatness.

Unbeaten Racing Record

His racing career began on August 13, 2010, at Newmarket Racecourse. In his debut performance, he showcased his incredible speed and determination, storming to victory by half a length.

Over the course of his career, Frankel went on to win all 14 of his races, remaining unbeaten.

His winning streak spanned three seasons, from ages two to four, and included victories in prestigious races such as the 2000 Guineas, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, and the Sussex Stakes.

Each race was a testament to his sheer dominance. Whether he was leading from the start or coming from behind, Frankel always found a way to secure victory.

His stride, power, and relentless drive propelled him past his competitors, leaving them in awe of his unrivalled talent.

Frankel Foals

Even in retirement, Frankel’s legacy continues to shape the world of horse racing.

At the time of writing, the stud fees for Frankel are an incredible £350,000. That figure pales into comparison when you find out how many foals he has sired.

Wait for it….over 1100 with another 200 expected in 2024.

I’ve done the maths, and that is a staggering, and I mean staggering, £450,000,000 in stud fees. We’re hitting half a BILLION for Frankel’s input.

It’s all very technical and largely done through artificial insemination, which allows for better management of the breeding schedule.

The first crop of foals arrived in 2014, and to date, many of them have gone on to have great success. For example, some are unbeaten, such as the Big Five, with five wins from five. However, the earnings are low at just £69,104.

Others, such as the grey mare Alpinista has earned over £3 million, winning ten of her 15, starts including the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

She retired to stud in November 2023 and gave birth to her first foal (unnamed), a filly, in February 2024.

It’s a mixed bag, and it just goes to prove that while Frankel may have sired these horses, it doesn’t guarantee that they will be as successful.

The Most Memorable Races of his Career

While every race in Frankel’s unbeaten career was remarkable, there were a few that stood out as particularly memorable.

One such race was the 2000 Guineas in 2011, where Frankel announced his arrival on the scene with a breathtaking performance.

Despite a wide draw and a challenging course, he surged ahead to win by an astonishing six lengths, leaving his competitors in the dust.

Another unforgettable race was the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2012. Facing a field of experienced and talented rivals, Frankel put on a masterclass in speed and power, leading from start to finish and winning by an impressive 11 lengths.

The Champion Stakes in 2012 marked Frankel’s final appearance on the track, and he did not disappoint.

In front of a crowd filled with adoring fans, he delivered another awe-inspiring performance, winning by a comfortable margin and claiming his 14th consecutive victory.

Frankel’s Retirement and Life After Racing

After his final race in the Champion Stakes, Frankel retired to Banstead Manor Stud in 2012. His retirement marked the end of an era in horse racing, but it also opened the door to a new chapter in his life.

As a stallion, Frankel quickly became one of the most sought-after sires in the world. Breeders recognised the immense value of his bloodline and eagerly sought the opportunity to breed their mares with him.

Frankel’s offspring have gone on to achieve remarkable success on the track, continuing his legacy of excellence.

Frankel’s Jockey Thomas Queally

Thomas P. Queally was born on 8th October 1984 in Modeligo, Dungarvan, County Waterford, Ireland.

The son of Declan Queally, who trains a small string of thoroughbreds in County Waterford, he earned his first win on April 13, 2000 at Ireland’s Clonmel Racecourse.

The young Thomas was a southern area pony racing champion in Ireland, aged 15 he recorded his first win as a jockey on Larifaari at Clonmel on 13th April 2000.

Apprenticed to the yard of Pat Flynn, Queally was crowned Irish Champion Apprentice Jockey in 2000, he had 28 winners in his first year.

Though never under contract as a stable jockey, Queally became the first jockey to Cecil in 2009, winning three Group 1 races for the trainer that season.

Trainer Sir Henry Cecil

Sir Henry Richard Amherst Cecil, born 11 January 1943, is acknowledged as one of the greatest trainers to have ever graced the turf.

Ten times Champion Trainer, he trained 25 domestic Classic winners, including four winners of the Epsom Derby, eight winners of the Epsom Oaks and at least two winners of 1,000 Guineas, the 2,000 Guineas, and the St. Leger Stakes.

Sir Henry Cecil was knighted in 2011 for his services to horse racing and sadly passed away from stomach cancer on June 11, 2013.

He had been battling the illness since 2006.