Legendary | Frankel, one of the most storied horses in the history of racing and one of the best of the new century, retired undefeated following his Champion Stakes victory (Image | Getty)

In the space of less than two weeks, horse racing has lost the two biggest jewels in its crown.

While flat racing fans look ahead gloomily to the post-Frankel era, national hunt fans lament the loss of Kauto Star – two of the most dominant horses in a golden era for racing.

Somewhat inevitably, Prince Khalled Abdulla retired Frankel immediately after his victory in the Champion Stakes on 20 October.

The four-year-old finished his career thirteen races unbeaten, notching up a remarkable nine consecutive Group One victories, including the 2000 Guineas and cementing his place as the world’s best racehorse.

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