The world’s best racehorse left his Warren Place stable in Newmarket on Thursday to next year begin a new career as a stallion at his birthplace, Banstead Manor Stud.
Frankel left the racing scene with an unbeaten record of 14, his final appearance coming in the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot last month.
“He has given me so much strength this season when I have had health problems,” said Cecil.
“My feeling was that I had to be there for him at home and on the racecourse, only missing the Sussex Stakes because of treatment.
“There are a lot of people in the yard who have played their part with Frankel and I really appreciate everyone’s efforts. I want to thank my wife (Jane) for helping me through what has been a difficult year.”