Jockey Tom Queally (right) moved the 2,000 Guineas winner to the front straight out of the stalls and kept him there until the final furlong, before switching on the afterburners and surging further clear of Canford Cliffs.
“I thought he would win easily but didn’t want to say. I have too much respect for the others,” said Cecil. “I think Frankel is the best horse I’ve ever seen, with Blushing Groom and Shergar. I can’t really go further back than that as I wasn’t around.”