Deauville 15-18 August 2015

Arqana presents The first yearlings by Frankel

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Brilliance Redefined

“He's the best I've ever had and the best I've ever seen. I'd be very surprised if there's ever been better.” Sir Henry Cecil

Frankel provided the best possible tribute to the legendary American trainer after whom he is named by remaining unbeaten in 14 starts over 7 furlongs to a mile and a quarter (1400 to 2000 metres), including 10 jaw-dropping Group 1 victories. He earned Classic glory in the 2000 Guineas and became the first horse in over 60 years to be crowned Champion at age two, three and four. His phenomenal ability to maintain a blistering speed over up to 10 furlongs resulted in an average winning margin in excess of 5 lengths. The sight of the imposing bay cruising effortlessly clear of the most battle-hardened rivals will remain in the memories of racing fans around the world for decades.

“Frankel was invincible, unbeaten in fourteen races before most of which the speculation was not about whether he was going to win, but by how far, and how impressively he was going to do so.” Timeform

Winning the Queen Anne Stakes

Career highlights

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Frankel’s unbeaten winning sequence of 14 races was the longest seen in Europe since the legendary Ribot, who was born in 1952. It comprised 10 Group 1 races, from 7 to 10 furlongs (1400 to 2000 metres) at age two, three and four. In his entire career, Frankel defeated 25 Group 1 winners. Here are just a few of his surreal performances.

Dewhurst Stakes (Gr.1)

Beating fellow Group 1-winning juveniles Dream Ahead and Roderic O'Connor in the Gr.1 Dewhurst Stakes.

2000 Guineas (Gr.1)

Making all en route to a 6 length romp in the Gr.1 2000 Guineas.

“Unfortunately connections ruled out dropping him back to 6f in the July Cup, even though there is surely no sprinter around that could live with him.” Racing Post

Queen Anne Stakes (Gr.1)

Annihilating his rivals in the Gr.1 Queen Anne Stakes, ‘Royal Ascot’s greatest win ever’.

Juddmonte International (Gr.1)

First attempt at 2000 metres but same outcome in the Gr.1 Juddmonte International.

Date Position Race Racecourse Cat. Distance Media
At 2
10.08.2010 1st European Breeders’ Fund Maiden Stakes Newmarket Cl. 4 8f
10.09.2010 1st Frank Whittle Partnership Conditions Stakes Doncaster Cl. 2 7f
25.09.2010 1st Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes Ascot G2 8f
16.10.2010 1st Dubai Dewhurst Stakes Newmarket G1 7f
At 3
16.04.2011 1st Greenham Stakes Newbury G3 7f
30.04.2011 1st QIPCO 2000 Guineas Newmarket G1 8f
14.06.2011 1st St James’s Palace Stakes Ascot G1 8f
27.07.2011 1st QIPCO Sussex Stakes Goodwood G1 8f
15.10.2011 1st Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, sponsored by QIPCO Ascot G1 8f
At 4
19.05.2012 1st JLT Lockinge Stakes Newbury G1 8f
19.06.2012 1st Queen Anne Stakes Ascot G1 8f
01.08.2012 1st QIPCO Sussex Stakes Goodwood G1 8f
22.08.2012 1st Juddmonte International York G1 10f
20.10.2012 1st QIPCO Champion Stakes Ascot G1 10f

Winning the Juddmonte International

Facts & Figures

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Frankel broke new ground through his 14-start unbeaten career. What he achieved was so hitherto unseen that official handicappers proceeded to a “historical recalibration” of their rankings, which started in 1977. Superstars Dancing Brave, Shergar and Alleged saw their ratings downgraded to be placed behind the “new benchmark of equine excellence”, as Frankel was referred to by the rankings committee. Here are just a few indicators of Frankel’s out‑of‑this‑world domination.

147 Timeform rating The highest in Timeform's history.

14 Frankel’s unbeaten winning sequence The longest seen in Europe since Ribot (born 1952).

25 Group 1 winners were beaten by Frankel.

5,4 Average winning margin in lengths Cumulative winning distance: 76¼ lengths.

Frankel during the 2000 Guineas

Winning the 2000 Guineas

Frankel outpaced the Cambridge to Newmarket train during one of his workouts in March 2011.

In winning the Queen Anne Stakes Gr.1 over 1 mile, Frankel produced split fractions faster than any runner in the 5f King’s Stand Stakes Gr.1, run on the same card.

Frankel is the first horse in history to run to an official rating of 140 twice - in the 8f Queen Anne Stakes Gr.1 and the 10f Juddmonte International Gr.1.

Frankel is the first horse for more than 60 years to be a champion at two, three and four years of age.

Frankel’s first book of mares includes over 60 that have won a Group 1 race, produced a Group 1 winner, or both.

Timeform all-time highweights


Frankel, born 2008


Sea-Bird, born 1962


Brigadier Gerard, born 1968


Tudor Minstrel, born 1944


Abernant, born 1946


Ribot, born 1952


Windy City, born 1949


Mill Reef, born 1968


Dancing Brave, born 1983


Dubai Millennium, born 1996


Harbinger, born 2006


Sea The Stars, born 2006


Shergar, born 1978


Vaguely Noble, born 1965

Arc heroine Danedream visited Frankel in his first season

Stellar first book

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Frankel covered 133 mares in his first season at stud, standing at a £125,000 stud fee. 126 (95%) were scanned in foal. Among them were an incredible 25 Group 1 winners, headed by Arc heroine DANEDREAM, Classic winners DANCING RAIN, FINSCEAL BEO, ELUSIVE WAVE, NEBRASKA TORNADO, RAMRUMA and STACELITA, six-time Group 1 victrix MIDDAY and fellow winners at the highest level ALEXANDER GOLDRUN, AFRICAN ROSE, BALANCE, HEAT HAZE, LAHUDOOD, ZEE ZEE TOP, DAR RE MI, LIGHTENING PEARL, MI SUENO, RED BLOOM, ZAGORA, etc. Also covered by Frankel during his first breeding season were the dams of the Group 1 winners ARCANO, DUBAWI, EMULOUS, LOPE DE VEGA, MAKE BELIEVE, MIDDAY, PROMISING LEAD, PROVISO, SPECIAL DUTY, TIMEPIECE, TREASURE BEACH, WE ARE etc.

  Number %
Total number of mares covered
(including 24 Juddmonte mares)
Average age of mares covered 10  
Number of winners 113 85%
Number of Group & Stakes winners 78 59%
Group 1 winners 38 29%
Group & Stakes placed mares 14 11%
Total number of black-type earners 92 69%
Dams of Group & Stakes winners 53 39%
Dams of Group 1 winners 25 19%
Total number of black-type mares or producers 117 88%

First foals

Frankel had 110 foals born in 2014, 58 colts and 52 fillies. Here are just a few of them, photographed in the summer of 2014.

Picture credit: Juddmonte Farms & Asuncion Pineyrua

  • By Frankel & Binche

    By Frankel & Binche

  • By Frankel & Midsummer

    By Frankel & Midsummer

  • By Frankel & Arrive

    By Frankel & Arrive

  • By Frankel & African Rose

    By Frankel & African Rose

  • By Frankel & Revered

    By Frankel & Revered

  • Frankel foals

    Frankel foals out of Nebraska Tornado, Vital Statistics, Midday and Mirabilis