Frankel declared for Champion Stakes

Updated: August 31, 2012

Superstar horse Frankel has been confirmed for the Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 20th according to reports.

Frankel most recently blew the field away at York during this month’s Juddmonte Stakes and it looks as if Ascot is next on the cards.

The October 20th race looks likely to be the superstar colt’s final run if you believe Sir Henry Cecil’s intentions to retire the colt at the top.

His declaration for the Group 1 race at Ascot means he will miss October 7th’s Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe.
Frankel has been a revelation in flat-racing during his four years on the course and the unbeaten colt will be remembered as one of, if not the, greatest.

However it will disappoint some that Cecil has not taken the four year old to America for the Breeders Cup or France for the Arc.

Many believe such trips, coupled with winning outcomes, would have secured the colt’s status as the finest racehorse ever to have lived.

Frankel’s main danger at Ascot will be expected to come from John Gosden’s Nathaniel and although William Buick will be the man on board he delights in watching Frankel.

The Norwegian born jockey said: “I think the horse is probably unbeatable, but we’ve got a horse in Nathaniel who probably at some stage will have a go.

“If Ascot came up testing and stamina came into it, he will definitely give him a run for his money. I think he is still the horse to get nearest to him and I think and I hope he can get even nearer.”

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