Sports stars all have a market value. Taking on the best in the field–and winning–means that one can become synonymous with victory whilst simultaneously adding to one’s relative value. What happens when that big, brash name is no longer in the competition, though?
We are all desperate to name the greatest of all time or to coral old pros into a hall and bestow that little extra bit of accolade on them. We are, however, left wondering if that means they still have value.
Well, for one British sports star there is a guarantee that they will be worth a fortune, in name and in presence, forever.
Four-year-old colt Frankel is a world champion and considered by many as one of the greatest horses of all time. Today, over a distance of ten furlongs, Frankel won at York’s Juddmonte International. It was his 13th win in 13 races.
Being unbeaten is astonishing enough, but this was also the race where Frankel surpassed the former champion Rock of Gibraltar, who had won seven Group One standard races in a row.
Having just made the move from a mile track to ten furlong lengths, it is very likely that Frankel will only have one more race in his career. Later this year, he is scheduled to be put out to stud.
The horse, owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah and trained by Sir Henry Cecil, has enjoyed a career where he has won over £2m in stakes, romped to an eleven-length victory in the Queen Anne stakes at the famous Royal Ascot and has the adulation of pundits worldwide.
His last race will very likely be at Ascot’s British Champion Day.
After that, the colt worth £100m will become a stud. That is right. Frankel is worth over £100m. He will also be a well sought after sire.
Those in the racing fraternity will likely never forget Frankel and he will keep making money…