Oil of Frankel beating the horse who would subsequently take the mantle of the highest rated flat horse in the world, Cirrus des Aigles, at Ascot in the QIPCO Champipon stakes , his last run. Frankel retired undefeated at the end of the 2012 season.
David and Adrian Dent were first inspired to paint racechorses by trainer Sir Henry Cecil's Derby and Oaks winners of 1985 Slip Anchor and Oh So Sharp. Their father, dying of stomach cancer at the time, had placed an ante post double on the Cecil trained duo ridden by American jockey Steve Cauthen. Both won - and Adrian's first serious racing painting was an A level piece featuring Slip Anchor. So Sir Henry Cecil's horses were a huge inspiration to the brothers over the last thirty years. Now stomach cancer has claimed the life of Sir Henry Cecil. It is fitting that the last Cecil trained horse should be his best ever: the mighty Frankel who retired undefated and captured in oils here, ridden by Tom Queally in the Qipco Champion Stakes - his last race - by David Dent.
A proportion of the sale of this painting will be donated to a Cancer research charity.