The four-year-old colt galloped like a unicorn on an energy drink binge and left the rest of the field trailing in his wake. The relative ease with which Frankel claimed victory has led many racing fans to look upon his retirement with an emotional mixture of sadness and joy.
Sorrow at the thought of no more winning bets and delight in the many happy memories he brought them.
The sheer athletic ability of Frankel has led to renewed recognition of horseracing in general as the public lap up the sensational performance of the sports’ greatest contender.
Indeed, victory for Frankel took his career prize money to almost £3m – a sure thing if ever there was one – and his trainer Sir Henry Cecil has claimed the horse is the best he’s ever had and would be surprised if there was ever anything better.
Such is the regard that Frankel is held in – it’s estimated he’s worth around £100m – that even after his final race he is expected to be a popular figure in studs around the world, commanding a fee of £100,000 a pop.
It has been rumoured that his first date could be with Australia’s own wonder horse, the unbeaten mare Black Caviar. The possibility of two of the finest racehorses in the world canoodling in the breeding sheds has left some observers frothing at the mouth and speculating exactly what their offspring would be capable of.
A flying horse? A horse capable of speech? A horse with opposable thumbs?
Perhaps not, but for many horse owners around the country, this situation has got them scratching their heads in a quiet moment of wonder.
Indeed, welcoming a stallion into the stables to breed with a mare could lead to the birth of a superstar – and companies such as Horse Deals offer the opportunity to browse horses for sale alongside a range of equine equipment to complement a new addition to the family.
In addition, for those with less experience with breeding issues, the site allows users to peruse a wide range of news and advice on finding the perfect stallion to complement the needs of their stable.