Frankel will have what could possibly be his last race in the Champion Stakes at Ascot next month.
Connections of the unbeaten four-year-old have confirmed the Champion Stakes as the intended target for the world’s highest rated racehorse in preference to the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
The Sir Henry Cecil-trained colt produced another mesmerising performance to land the Juddmonte International at York last week on his first attempt at a mile and quarter (2000m) after which his options were discussed.
The Prix du Moulin at Longchamp was a potential September target, while the possibility of a step up to a mile and a half for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe was also mooted as a mouth-watering possibility.
However, an appearance on Champions Day on October 20 always seemed his most likely destination and Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for owner Prince Khalid Abdullah, confirmed that intention in a brief statement to the Press Association.
“Following discussions with Sir Henry Cecil, Prince Khalid has decided that Frankel’s next race will be the Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 20,” Grimthorpe said.”