Her Majesty The Queen today unveiled a statue of the legendary racehorse Frankel at Ascot Racecourse during the first day of this year’s Royal Meeting. The striking bronze statue, created by sculptor Mark Coreth, will now be displayed overlooking the Parade Ring, facing the Winners’ Enclosure, at the racecourse.
Frankel, trained by the late Sir Henry Cecil, is widely considered to be the greatest flat racehorse of all time. Ascot Racecourse is delighted to display the piece prominently on the course that Frankel ran at more than any other. He was unbeaten in his fourteen-race career, with five of those victories at Ascot, including two during the Royal Meeting.
The piece was commissioned by Juddmonte Farms, the breeding operation owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah. The statue is one of a set of four, with the others intended for Banstead Manor near Newmarket where Frankel now stands as a stallion, the National Museum of Horse Racing and York Racecourse.
Speaking about the sculpture and its unveiling, the sculptor, Mark Coreth commented:
“It was an honour to be asked to create this sculpture of this extraordinary horse. The creative process was a delight and the sculpture tries to capture the power and vitality of Frankel.
“I’ve been to Ascot many times and have fantastic memories of days spent there. Today was different though, having a sculpture of arguably the finest racehorse ever unveiled at the greatest racing venue in the world, was incredibly daunting. It was nevertheless a very proud moment and I hope the sculpture helps people to remember the excitement and exhilaration that they experienced when watching Frankel during his racing career.”
Sculptor Mark Coreth was selected to produce the commission after a competitive process. Coreth’s loose, impressionist style perfectly captures the power and dynamism of this extraordinary horse. The life size statue took eight months to produce. Coreth made multiple visits to Frankel’s stables, measuring the horse and studying his poise and posture. The artist also interviewed those who work closely with Frankel, including his grooms.
After drawing a range of initial sketches, Coreth then produced the sculpture in his studio near Shaftesbury on the Dorset-Wiltshire border. The artist created an aluminium wire skeleton which was then covered in clay and sculpted into shape. From this clay model, a mould was created and Coreth then cast sections of the sculpture in bronze before they were joined together.
The result is a distinctive bronze statue of Frankel, in a positive, powerful pose. The sculpture has a textured, shimmering surface. Frankel is depicted in a tall, powerful pose and the head is slightly twisted so that the horse appears to be gazing into the distance.
Frankel is widely considered the greatest flat racehorse of all time and won five of his fourteen races at Ascot Racecourse. Striking bronze sculpture by artist Mark Coreth took eight months to produce and captures Frankel’s likeness and movement. Visitors to the Royal Meeting encouraged to come and see the statue celebrating Frankel’s achievements.
The statue is now on permanent to display overlooking the Parade Ring at Ascot Racecourse, facing the Winners’ Enclosure that Frankel made his own. The Royal Meeting takes place every day up to and including Saturday 20th June.