Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Ridden by Tom Queally, trained by Sir Henry Cecil  and owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah, Frankel wins the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, making  a strike rate of  8 wins from 8 races ! Frankel's other big wins include - the Juddmonte (aged 2 in 2010) and this year the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and the Saint James Palace Stakes at Ascot. After Frankel's win Sir Henry Cecil stated on camera that he was probably the best horse he had ever trained. Frankel is now being compared to racing legends such as Shergar and Sea the Stars.

Postscript: Nine out of nine as Frankel wins the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on October 15th 2011.

In 2012 Frankel won these Group One races in England the Lockinge Stakes  at Newbury in May 2012,  the Queen Anne stakes at Ascot in June and the Juddmonte at York in August.


teegee said...

That is a magnificent horse. Horses love to race, doing so spontaneously in the wild, and, with training, living for racing. Sussex Downs certainly is a lovely place. As you know, I don't know much about racing, but if I have any reservations it is about gambling, which I dislike in all sports (and as a sport in itself), not so much on principle but just personally.

Hydriotaphia said...

Thanks Teegee, i agree horses are beautiful and that racing is an odd sport being one of the few sports where a financial speculation seems necessary to participate fully. But also as stated before, life itself is one huge gamble, not choosing where or when we are placed in the world nor even how each any every decision in our lives affects us.

-E- said...

re your comment: yeah, the source was a later compilation of earlier translations (i probably should have cited the editor as well). book vii line 4 is where it occurs. thanks for keeping me honest!