Frankel lights up opening day of Ascot

Champion colt Frankel opened the Royal Ascot meeting in England in emphatic style on Tuesday, the 2011 Horse of the Year powering to an 11-length victory in the Queen Anne Stakes.


The opposition were no match for the unbeaten four-year-old, dubbed the Usain Bolt of horse racing, as he pulled away from the pack to stroll to his 11th win in 11 races.

Frankel, a 1-10 favourite ridden by Tom Queally, finished ahead of Excelebration (5-1). Side Glance (33-1) was third.

"I'm not surprised Frankel won but I am relieved as no horse is a certainty," trainer Henry Cecil told the BBC.

"He's a great, great horse. He did exactly what I thought but he is still improving.

"We will leave our options open now. He will tell me what to do, I don't tell him. Will he go abroad? It's very unlikely," added Cecil.