By Simon Jackson at Royal Ascot.
Ascot racecourse has announced that The Queen will unveil a statue of Frankel after the Queen Anne Stakes, the opening race of the Royal meeting that starts on Tuesday.
Frankel, trained by the late Sir Henry Cecil, won all of his 14 starts that included five wins at Ascot. He was retired after landing the QIPCO Champion Stakes in October 2012.
Frankel, who now stands as a stallion at Juddmonte’s Banstead Manor Stud in Suffolk, is considered by many people to be the best racehorse ever. The bronze statue, created by sculptor Mark Coreth, will overlook the parade ring and winners’ enclosure.
“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,” said Lady Cecil, Sir Henry’s widow and now a successful trainer based at her late husband’s Newmarket yard.
“Mark Coreth has captured the presence, power and strength of Frankel. I cannot imagine a more fitting or appropriate testament to his talent.”
Ascot chief executive Guy Henderson added: “This unveiling adds to a spectacular opening day at Royal Ascot. Frankel was the people’s horse and much loved. It is entirely appropriate that his statue will be amongst the crowds who visit Ascot through the year, and looking at the winners’ podium.”
Sculptor Mark Coreth said it was ‘an honour’ to be asked to produce a sculpture of Frankel whose numerous victories included a remarkable win in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas where he led all the way and scored by six lengths.
“It was an honour to be asked to create this sculpture of this extraordinary horse,” Coreth said. “The creative process was a delight and the sculpture tries to capture the power and vitality of Frankel.”
The statue is one of a set of four, with the others to be sited at the National Museum of Horse Racing, Newmarket, York Racecourse and Banstead Manor Stud.
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