Frankel’s final race was immortalised in an oil painting by the leading sporting artist Daniel Crane — and now 2 framed prints are to be auctioned for charities nominated by the horse’s late trainer, Sir Henry Cecil.
Daniel studied Frankel on the gallops in Newmarket, at home at Warren Place and at several race meetings.
Seeing Frankel at home was the “most beneficial”, said Daniel. He studied the horse’s walk — described as “Panther-esque” by H&H columnist Brough Scott — up close.
“It was fluid and economical — incredibly impressive,” added Daniel.
His painting shows the unbeaten colt being led into the Ascot winner’s enclosure on Champions Day last October by the Household Cavalry.
Before his death in June, Sir Henry nominated the Injured Jockeys Fund (IJF) and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices as beneficiaries. The first print will be auctioned for the IJF on 5 December. The second date is to be confirmed.
This news story was first published in Horse & Hound magazine (22 August, 2013)