ASCOT, England (AP) — Unbeaten Frankel galloped to a ninth straight victory, easily winning the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on the inaugural British Champions Day — the richest day in British horse racing.
With Queen Elizabeth II watching at Ascot, the 3-year-old colt won by four lengths Saturday in bolstering his reputation as one of the best horses around.
The 4-11 favorite was ridden by Tom Queally, who called the victory “as good as ever.” Frankel was timed in 1 minute, 39.45 seconds and was followed by 6-1 shot Excelebration.
Frankel is named for Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, who died in 2009. He has commanded interest in Britain with a breakthrough year and could now be positioned for a possible start in the Breeders’ Cup next month.