“Frankel” back college’s Children in Need Challenge

Horse simulator nicknamed Frankel
Horse simulator nicknamed Frankel

Wonder-horse “Frankel” is being given a starring role by a college to help it raise money for Children In Need.

A team of not-so-easy riders are planning to take it in turns to ride for 24 hours non-stop to bring in the funds.

The £100m-valued Frankel could have travelled more than a 1,000 miles in that time in real life.

But this one is a simulator used in promotions and lessons at the equestrian centre of the College of West Anglia’s Cambridge Campus at Milton on the outskirts of the city.

Frankel will be used side-by-side with another simulator called Milton and the two will be ridden by staff for 24 hours, beginning at noon on Thursday, November 15, and ending during Children In Need day.

Milton, a dressage simulator, will be used most with Frankel being brought out of retirement when he needs a rest.

The college, which specialises in land-based studies, provides courses in a range of subjects up to degree level.

Staff will be riding the simulators in half-hour shifts, pledging to raise £30 at a time with the equine staff team aiming to make at least £1,440 for Children In Need.

Campus Director Alison Barber is setting an example by undertaking five half-hour rides, including the midnight slot.

If you would like to back the Campus riders with a donation, please send it to: Children In Need, Equestrian Team, Cambridge Campus, College of West Anglia, Landbeach Road, Milton, Cambridge CB24 6DB.

The real Frankel, which was trained not far from Cambridge in Newmarket, was retired to stud in October after winning all 14 of its races and earning the title of the highest rated racehorse in the world. Its winning run began in August 2010 and ended with a win in the Champion Stakes at Ascot.

The £100m valuation for stud fees is said to be “conservative”.

Picture caption: Frankly Frankel: Lucy Carter, who carries out senior general yard duties at the equestrian section of the Cambridge Campus of the College of West Anglia, gets a brief chance to pilot “Frankel” one of two simulators staff will use to raise funds for Children In Need.