Frankel is star of the show at inaugural British Champions Day

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  • Frankel crowned himself king of the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Day on Saturday (15 October) winning the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes by four lengths.

    Sir Henry Cecil’s superstar colt, owned by Khaild Abdullah, was sent off 4-11 favourite and beat Excelebration, ridden by Jamie Spencer, in front of a crowd of 26,700 at Ascot racecourse.

    “I’m very, very happy,” said Sir Henry. “He’s a very good horse and was very relaxed. He did everything we asked of him.”

    Frankel has now won four Group Ones – having already won the 2000 Guineas, St James’s Palace Stakes and Sussex Stakes this year. And Sir Henry confirmed he will be campaigning next year over a mile and a quarter as a four-year-old.

    With total prize money of £3m Saturday was the richest raceday in British history. British Champions Series chief executive Rod Street told H&H it was a “resounding success”.

    “For the racegoer it was an ‘I was there’ day. We could not have wished for better,” he said.

    For more see the next issue of H&H – out on Thursday (20 October)

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