Racing's hope that Frankel fever might introduce a large number of new fans to the sport will be undermined by the news of disappointing viewing figures for his final appearance, in the Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.
Frankel has won the Champion Stakes at Ascot and will be retired with his unbeaten record intact. This final victory was not, however, achieved without a degree of drama as the colt made an uncharacteristically slow start to the race and had to work harder than usual to overcome Cirrus Des Aigles.
It was on a late September afternoon in 2010 that Frankel first did something extraordinary.
Declaration Of War is the aptly named horse that may be sent into battle by Aidan O'Brien against Frankel at Ascot this weekend.