Frankel the talk of Ascot as offspring given a head start make debuts

Cunco and Queen Kindly will have a lot to live up to when they become the first of the great Frankel’s progeny to make their Royal Ascot bows

Star quality sharpens the appetite for Royal Ascot and anticipation for a wonderful week’s racing was never greater than for the two glorious years when Frankel ran. He flirted with defeat in 2011, hacked up by 11 lengths the following year and was the only horse anyone wanted to talk about. And now, remarkably, almost four years since he last raced, he is the talking point once more.

This Royal Ascot will be the first to be graced by Frankel’s offspring. In the case of almost any other excellent racehorse, that would be a notable point only for the connoisseur but, as in so many other things, Frankel is different. Interest did not wane just because his unbeaten 14-race career on the track was at an end.

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