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Frankel the Suffolk wonder-horse celebrates his 10th birthday today

PUBLISHED: 00:00 11 February 2018 | UPDATED: 00:03 11 February 2018

Frankel, pictured after winning the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot Racecourse in 2012, has turned 10. Picture: PA WIRE

Frankel, pictured after winning the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot Racecourse in 2012, has turned 10. Picture: PA WIRE

Suffolk super-horse Frankel is 10 years old today.

Frankel became the the world's all time greatest rachorse after a 14-race unbeaten career. Picture: PA WIRE Frankel became the the world's all time greatest rachorse after a 14-race unbeaten career. Picture: PA WIRE

The thoroughbred racehorse, who was unbeaten in his 14-race career, was born on February 11, 2008, at Banstead Manor Stud at Cheveley, Suffolk, where he is now standing stud.

He was announced as being the highest-rated racehorse of all time at a press conference in January 2013, three months after his retirement.

Owned by the Saudi prince Khalid Abdulla, Frankel was once suggested to have a valuation of £100million.

Frankel's foals fetched a high prices when auctioned at Tattersalls in Newmarket. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY Frankel's foals fetched a high prices when auctioned at Tattersalls in Newmarket. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

Frankel’s performance in the 2000 Guineas was described as “one of the greatest displays on a British racecourse”.

The thoroughbred, trained by the late Sir Henry Cecil in Newmarket, retired to stud at Banstead Manor Stud in 2012.

He covered his first mares on Valentine’s Day, February 2013, when his fee was set at £125,000.

A statue of Frankel has gone on display in the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art at Palace House in Newmarket. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY A statue of Frankel has gone on display in the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art at Palace House in Newmarket. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

In his first season as a stallion he covered 133 mares, including several highly regarded champions.

Frankel even met the queen of pop Kylie Minogue in 2015 before her live performance at Newmarket Racecourse.

The singer posed for photographs and posted a video on Twitter, saying: “That was fun!!! Frankel!!”

Pop superstar Kylie Minogue met Frankel before her concert at Newmarket Racecourse. Picture: JUDDMONTE FARMS Pop superstar Kylie Minogue met Frankel before her concert at Newmarket Racecourse. Picture: JUDDMONTE FARMS

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