The world’s best racehorse – dubbed the ‘Usain Bolt of Horse Racing’ – is putting his unbeaten record on the line in the same week that the Jamaican athlete goes for glory at London 2012.
Frankel is already estimated to be worth a staggering £100 million when he is eventually retired to stud. Now he’s after his 12th consecutive victory on a racecourse.
The four-year-old colt appears at ‘Glorious’ Goodwood on Wednesday 1 August, just over 100 hours before Usain Bolt comes out of the blocks in the Olympic Stadium.
Both are odds-on to win their races – Frankel at 1/5 in the QIPCO British Champions Series Sussex Stakes and Bolt at 8/11 in the 100m Men’s Olympic Final. While Bolt runs at 24mph over 100m, Frankel exceeds 40mph over one mile and once even outpaced the Cambridge to Newmarket train.
So, if Frankel’s owner Prince Khalid Abdullah, the Saudi Arabian multi-billionaire, were to trade in Frankel, what could he get for his money?
Who or what is worth £100 million?
- Vava II, the yacht owned by Britain’s richest woman, the former Miss UK Kirsty Bertarelli.
- Cristiano Ronaldo was bought by Real Madrid from Manchester United for £80 million. You could buy Liverpool’s Andy Carroll with the change.
- Three Gulfstream G650 luxury private jets, the gold standard in business aviation.
Where to see Frankel
➢ Goodwood Racecourse near Arundel, west Sussex.
➢ 3.10pm, Wednesday 1 August.
➢ £300,000 QIPCO Sussex Stakes, part of the British Champions Series.
➢ Tickets (£16 or £38) from www.britishchampionsseries.com/buytickets.
- He is stabled with 10 times champion trainer Sir Henry Cecil in Newmarket.
- He stands 16.1 hands high, or just under five feet – large for a racehorse.
- He’s the most valuable horse on the planet, estimated to be worth £100 million once he retires to stud. Bloodstock experts say his fee for ‘covering’ mares will be £100,000 a time.
- His starting price on his racing debut in 2010 was 7/4, but the bookies haven’t taken that risk again, making Frankel odds-on in all his other races.
- His accumulated winning distance in his 11 races is 61.5 lengths, or an average of 5.6 lengths.
- He is named after legendary American trainer Bobby Frankel.
Prince Khalid Abdulla (owner): “Many people tell me that Frankel is the best horse that they have seen and I am glad to have such a horse.”
Sir Henry Cecil (trainer): “I’d be surprised if we have seen better. He's definitely the best horse I've ever seen.”
Tom Queally (jockey): “He gets more professional with each run. You couldn’t fault him at all. He’s a horse in a lifetime for the public, and for the jockey that’s lucky enough to be on him it’s a privilege and honour.”
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