Having been in possession of this recording of the achievements of Frankel and the preparation, dilemmas, worries (Henry Cecil always looks about to have a panic attack), how wonderful to be the trainer of this wonder horse. The recordings not only show us his races from 2010 when he beat John Gosden's star, Nathaniel, but take us through his development to his ten Group 1 triumphs (unbeaten in fourteen). His 2000 Guineas win was remarkable but the subsequent victories were under more pressure given his assumed stardom. Planned and successfully executed by the team, I never doubted his supremacy. Injuries, scares, meticulous preparation by trainer/owner, jockey, stable staff, vets, all involved and contributing to concerns and outcome. Frankel delivered the final say in judicious style on the turf, the complete and finished result of so much care and dedication. This DVD recounts the combination and records of all involved. The final enjoyment and admiration is here with a racehorse of dynamic ability. Hope his stud production is successful. Apparently in 2013 he will cover 130 mares at £125,000 each.
Stunning production values with intimate insight into the trials and tribulations of producing a champion. Cecil and Khalid Abdulla decided not to take him over more than 10 and a half furlongs. I think they were right for many reasons. The best at his distances I have witnessed. Whether he would have won at 12 furlongs we will never know. I go back a long way. The magnificent Sir Ivor, Brigadier Gerard, Mill Reef, Nijinsky, Shergar, Dancing Brave, Seabird, Camelot went further. All champions but not always successful.(I never saw Tudor Minstrel). Henry Cecil nailed it. For equine fans, this is a must. Who was the best is always going to be an unanswerable question and hence a continual subject of discussion. Frankel's rating of 147 is the highest ever above Seabird and Tudor Minstrel (146). It also brings in trainers. Without the horse, without the wins, no legend. At least this will keep the name of Frankel (and connections) immortal. A sheer delight from start to finish.