The racing world is running out of questions for champion Frankel to give an answer to.
Juddmonte Farm’s brilliant son of Galileo, widely regarded as the best race horse in the world, remained unbeaten in 13 career starts and earned his first win going beyond a mile when he drew off with ease to take the Group I Juddmonte International at York by seven lengths over Farhh on Wednesday.
For everything Frankel has ticked off on his unblemished resume, how the 4-year-old bay colt would handle a significant route of ground was about the only lingering doubt anyone could muster. Like the majority of his rivals, the about 1 5/16-miles distance of the Juddmonte International proved no challenge for the all-time great as Frankel kicked clear up on the nearside rail under only a shake of the reins from jockey Tom Queally, barely drawing a hard breath as he notched his ninth Group I triumph.
“It was great wasn’t it?,” Sir Henry Cecil, trainer of Frankel, told Racing Post. “It is great for Yorkshire, they are great supporters of racing and they deserved to see him.”
Frankel tracked along about sixth in the nine-horse field as Robin Hood set the early pace with Windsor Palace just behind. The magnificent turn of foot Frankel has displayed throughout his career left the likes of Group I winners St Nicholas Abbey and Twice Over toiling behind him, with the former getting up for third.
For those who missed Frankel’s latest masterclass, here is the YouTube video link: