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Queen Unveils Frankel Statue

Thursday, 18th June 2015

A bronze statue of champion racehorse Frankel was unveiled by Her Majesty The Queen at Ascot on the opening day of the Royal meeting on Tuesday, reports Sky Sports. The statue, which overlooks the parade ring facing the winners' enclosure, is one of a set of four, with the others to be displayed at the National Museum of Horse Racing at Newmarket, York Racecourse, and owner Prince Khalid's Banstead Manor Stud, where Frankel stands as a stallion. Lady Cecil, wife of Frankel's late trainer Sir Henry Cecil, said: "Ascot played a special part in Frankel's career as five of his 14 wins came at the course. It is fitting that such a magnificent statue will stand at the course to celebrate his achievements." She added: "Mark Coreth has captured the presence, power and strength of Frankel. I cannot imagine a more fitting or appropriate testament to his talent." Sculptor Mark Coreth, who was responsible for creating the bronze image of the greatest racehorse of the modern era, commented: "It was an honour to be asked to create this sculpture of this extraordinary horse. The creative process was a delight and the sculpture tries to capture the power and vitality of Frankel." A son of champion sire Galileo, Frankel was unbeaten in 14 starts, winning 10 Gr1 races and finishing his racing career with a Timeform Rating of 147, making him the highest-rated racehorse in history.

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