Gillespie: Frankel is the best ever
EDWARD Gillespie joined the tributes to Frankel by hailing Sir Henry Cecil's superstar as "the best horse there's ever been."
The outgoing managing director of Cheltenham Racecourse reckons the 13-race unbeaten colt has no equal past or present on the Flat or over jumps.
Frankel still trails 1980s hero Dancing Brave by about half a length in the official British Horseracing Board's (BHA) official ratings after another his easy win at York on Wednesday.
But Gillespie, who has seen plenty of good horses in his time, strongly believes the nine-time Group One level winner deserves to be out in front.
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"He's the best horse there's ever been and I wish more people would say that," said Gillespie.
"I think people have been very conservative in their view, but in my opinion he's the best horse by far.
"I can't imagine any horse ever dominating the competition quite like this horse does, the way he just motors past them.
"It's like he's come from a different planet and Sir Henry Cecil has done such a fantastic job with him.
"You can't imagine him ever losing a race and he could win from five furlongs up to two miles in my opinion.
"I think he's the best there's ever been, and that includes my dear friend Arkle, and let's enjoy him while he's still around."
Frankel became the first horse to run to an official rating of 140 twice in his career with his seven-length win in the Juddmonte International Stakes over ten furlongs at York.
He also achieved the sky-high rating over a mile in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
He now has the opportunity to beat the end-of-career 141 awarded to Dancing Brave in 1986, probably in the QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday, October 20.
However, while it appears unlikely, a crack at the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on October 7 has not been ruled out.
If he does run it would be the first time Frankel has raced over a mile and a half.