PHENOMENAL FRANKEL DELIGHTS NEWBURY RACEGOERS
PUBLISHED: 13:20 22 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:24 20 February 2013
Super horse records 10th consecutive victory
Racegoers flocked in their thousands to Newbury Racecourse today for the seasonal re-appearance of the worlds highest rated racehorse and were treated to a stunning performance as Frankel recorded his tenth consecutive victory in the 175,000 Group 1 JLT Lockinge Stakes.
Frankels owner, Saudi Prince Khalid Abdullah, was at Newbury to see his colt decimate a quality field which included the second highest rated miler, Excelebration, trained in Ireland by Aidan OBrien.
Jockey Tom Queally, who has ridden Frankel in all his ten career starts was quick to pay tribute to trainer Sir Henry Cecil. He said, Frankel has had an interrupted preparation and to get him here like that was great. I looked at Excelebration at the start and he looked a million dollars and hes a great horse as well and Aidan (OBrien) did a fantastic job. To kick away from a horse like that is really amazing and well done to everybody.
Off the track, the Best of British Beer Festival gave racegoers the opportunity to sample 50 different ales and ciders and quality pub snacks and helped to swell the attendance to just over 14,000. West Berkshire Brewerys beer selection went down a storm including the Diamond Jubilee Beer brewed especially for this season and the Lockinge Mild named in honour of the day.
The Fullers Dray pulled by two Shire horses was a popular attraction on the course whilst inside the Champagne Hall, Richard Hughes launched his autobiography with a Q&A session about his career so far. Hundreds of families were in attendance enjoying the relaxed atmosphere and making the most of childrens entertainment including face painting, a bouncy castle and a Wii simulation of a jockeys racing experience.
Carole Middleton joined a number of high profile owners and trainers and actor Nigel Havers and celebrity commentator Clare Balding for this Group 1 race.
Stephen Higgins Managing Director, Racing & Events said, Weve been gearing up for this event for some time. Advance ticket sales were 35% ahead of last year so we knew we would be in for a big crowd. I am delighted that Newbury racegoers have had the opportunity to see one of the greatest racehorses of all time in action, and that our sponsors JLT and Blue Square have been rewarded with one of the landmark days of the Flat season.