A statue of Frankel will go on display in the new National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art at Palace House in Newmarket upon its opening this autumn. The Mark Coreth bronze of Frankel has been gifted to the National Heritage Centre by His Highness Prince Khalid Abdullah in memory of Sir Henry Cecil (1943– 2013) and as part of his on-going support of the new Heritage Centre. The beautiful life-size bronze will stand in the centre of an oval lawn in the King’s Yard – once home to Charles II’s horses, greeting visitors when they first enter the site.
Originally commissioned in 2015, the Frankel Bronze is one of a set of four with the others residing at Banstead Manor where Frankel now stands as a successful stallion, Ascot Racecourse, which was unveiled by Her Majesty The Queen last year, and York Racecourse.
Frankel, who was trained by the late Sir Henry Cecil, was undoubtedly the greatest flat racehorse of the modern era. Winning all of his 14 starts, 10 of which were in Group One races, he soon became the nation’s favourite. He now stands as a stallion at Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Stud just outside Newmarket and it seems his career as a stallion is going in the same successful direction as his racing.
Mark Coreth, internationally renowned sculptor said of the project: “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.”
Chris Garibaldi, Director of the National Horseracing Museum said: “Prince Khalid’s support of the National Heritage Centre has been wonderful. We are honoured to welcome this fantastically striking bronze of Frankel – Mark has really captured his poise and character. He touched so many people both inside and outside the racing industry and it is wonderful to be able to honour Sir Henry in this way within the National Heritage Centre of the sport he did so much to popularise.”
Click here to find out more about the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art.
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