Franks mate: Tom Queally hugs the Sir Henry Cecil-trained superstarPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Frankel camp reflect on 'brilliant' Champions Day
CONNECTIONS of Frankel on Sunday paid tribute to the world's best horse who ended his magnificent career in style at Ascot on Saturday.
In winning the Qipco Champion Stakes, the Khalid Abdullah-owned colt extended his unbeaten run to 14 and many pundits and racing professionals proclaimed him the greatest thoroughbred of all time.
It was announced soon after the Sir Henry Cecil-trained son of Galileo landed his ninth successive Group 1 that he would be retired to stand as a stallion at Abdullah's Juddmonte Farm breeding operation with initial estimates suggesting he could be worth £120 million in that sphere.
Teddy Grimthorpe, Abdullah's racing manager, said: "It was always going to be an interesting day whatever the outcome. Having walked the course I was much more happy with how things were going to go.
"Going into the race we were very happy. From a distance point of view we were pretty confident he would stay - we just didn't want to get into heavy ground and what Henry would call no-man's land.
"The way everyone has reacted to Frankel and Henry has been one of the great sporting stories of the year, if not for many years. It was just brilliant and totally deserved."
Frankel had a length and three-quarters to spare over Cirrus Des Aigles and Grimthorpe, speaking to At The Races, added: "I think a wide-margin victory was never going to be on the cards with that sort of going. Of course everyone would've loved to have seen it.
"Frankel will be let down now. The real point is getting him to the stage where he's relaxed and can get used to a different life. That will take a week or so and then he'll come over to Banstead [Juddmonte's stud near Newmarket]."
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