Khalid Abdullah’s superstar Frankel scripted a captivating victory in the G1 Queen Anne Stakes, winning by a massive margin of eleven lengths. Frankel, the highest rated horse, won his eleventh win from as many starts to lay claim as the best miler in racing history. "He's a great, great horse and is still improving," commented Sir Henry Cecil after greeting his 74th Royal winner. "People love champions and I'm pleased he's done it for them."
Stable companion Bullet Train led early and cut the wind till the last three furlongs. Tom Queally held Frankel close behind Bullet Train and as the front runner started to lose steam nearing the last 3 furlongs, Queally pressed the button and Frankel pushed ahead and quickened in a trice to draw away from the rest. Excelebration was the best of the beaten lot, finishing a neck ahead of Side Glance.
"I'm not surprised but relieved, no horse is a certainty", added Cecil, “He's a great horse, he did exactly what I thought he would but he's still improving. It looks like he'll stay a mile and a quarter, he's in the Eclipse, Sussex Stakes and Juddmonte, we'll feel our way and he'll tell me what to do."
Queally was equally impressed as he added: "He settled and travelled, he's amazing. That was his best performance, he ticked all the boxes and I couldn't have asked for anything more."