Frankel clocks up 13th win

Frankel underlined his credentials as one of Flat racing’s greatest ever racehorses with another victory in the Juddmonte International at York. It was Frankel’s 13th successive win and inspired debate about whether he was the finest horse ever seen on the British turf.

Trainer Henry Cecil is battling the recurrence of stomach cancer and he was a popular figure on the racecourse as he attended to see his champion win by seven lengths, untroubled by the slightly longer distance. "That was great, wasn't it?" Cecil said. "It's great for Yorkshire, they are very supportive of racing and they deserve to see him. I feel 20 years better."

Teddy Grimthorpe, the racing manager for Frankel’s owner Prince Khalid Abdullah was impressed by both the trainer and the horse. "You expect this from him," he said. "I don't want to sound arrogant at all, because the way he's come through and done everything is just so wonderful. It's just hard to believe and the expectations are just so enormous. But he keeps delivering time and time again, it's remarkable."

The next date in Frankel’s diary was supposed to be the Champion Stakes at Ascot, but speculation suggests that his final race, before heading off to earn millions at stud, may be the Arc De Triomphe at Longchamp. Although Europe’s premier flat race is over 12 furlongs, Frankel has given every indication that he can handle any distance and any quality of opposition. "Each time you say 'that was amazing', then you see him again and it's fantastic," Grimthorpe said. "That is Frankel, I've never seen anything like him."

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