In August he was moved up to a mile and a quarter for the first time and won the International Stakes at York.In October he won the Champion Stakes at Ascot, again over a mile and a quarter, following which his retirement from racing was announced.– also featured two other unbeaten colts; Dream Ahead, 9-length winner of the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes a fortnight earlier and Saamidd, winner of Doncaster's Champagne Stakes and labelled "Pegasus" by his Godolphin stable.Frankel was restrained by Queally before moving up to take the lead a furlong from the finish.As a three-year-old, he won the Classic 2000 Guineas by six lengths, defeated the outstanding older miler Canford Cliffs in the much-anticipated Sussex Stakes at Goodwood and won the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.Frankel extended his unbeaten record in 2012 by winning the Lockinge Stakes, the Queen Anne Stakes and the Sussex Stakes for a second time.
In January 2013 they announced that their ratings had been recalibrated, since it was believed that in the early years of the scheme horses had been treated more generously than more recently.
He won the race "comfortably" by two and a quarter lengths, despite hanging to the right in the closing stages.
The runner-up, Roderic O'Connor, subsequently won the Group 1 Critérium International at Saint-Cloud and then the Irish 2000 Guineas as a three-year-old.
All three relatives were also trained by Sir Henry Cecil and owned by Prince Khalid Abdulla.
As a descendant of the broodmare Circassia, Frankel is from the same branch of Thoroughbred family 1-k which also produced the 2000 Guineas winner Don't Forget Me.
He was bred by Juddmonte Farms and trained by Henry Cecil, and is owned by Khalid Abdullah.