He’s the world’s top-ranked racehorse. He has won every one of his races (all 13 of them). His career earnings approach 3 million British pounds ($4.85 million) — and will get there if he wins his next race.
But that’s not all. There’s one more thing that makes Frankel an inspiration. It may, in fact, be the biggest thing.
He’s helped his trainer Henry Cecil, who was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2006, feel “20 years’ better.” And it’s launched Cecil to the top as a trainer, after 43 years in the business.
He says, “I am so lucky to have been allocated Frankel to train. He has been an inspiration and a challenge, which I needed so badly. Through my illness, I feel that the help from my wife Jane, and the determination to be there for Frankel has helped me so much to get through the season.”
I think anyone who has found it difficult to take care of a horse…to train a horse…to rehabilitate a horse, especially during trying personal circumstances, can identify with what Cecil is saying. As Cecil says, “being there” for a horse has rewards untold and often unrealized until long after the difficult days have passed.