Race plan under starter’s orders

The proposed view from Melrose Stand
The proposed view from Melrose Stand
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Sir Henry Cecil named Frankel as the greatest racehorse ever after his stable star retired to stud after maintaining his unbeaten record in his 14th and final race.

The star performer had attracted record crowds to the Knavesmire in York in the summer at the famous Ebor meeting where he stormed to the finish line.

After the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot last month, Sir Henry said of his now retired world-beater: “I cannot believe in the history of racing that there has ever been a better racehorse.”

Spectators had piled into Ascot amid concerns he might not even take his place in the line-up due to soft going.

But the four-year-old did not disappoint and the horse, which dominated Flat racing’s upper echelons, retired unbeaten.