Frankel rated the best horse in the world at 142 is to face two top ten rated horses in his final race – Cirrus Des Aigles and Nathaniel.
Cirrus Des Aigles winner of last year’s QIPCO Champion Stakes and impressive winner at Longchamp on Saturday is currently rated the second best horse in the world at 131. The rating puts the horse on just one point more than the super filly Black Caviar. Crockford believes that the 7/1 available for the french trained challenger is an each way gift for punters. Some might argue that given the form he showed at the weekend connections could have won the Arc with the gelding had they not raced him in the Prix Dollar the day before instead.
John Gosden’s Eclipse winner Nathaniel is also in the world top ten rated at 127. Having missed the Arc he will go straight to the Champion Stakes off finishing second to Snow Fairy in the Irish equivalent. The last time he raced at Ascot in the King George he was narrowly beaten on the line by the 2011 Arc winner Danedream and certainly will make a race of it on October 20th.
Also rated at 127 are the O’Brien pair Excelebration and St Nicholas Abbey. Both hold entries but are unlikely to make the race with Excelebration probably destined to run in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes that day and St Nicholas Abbey going to defend his crown at the Breeders Cup instead.
The form book and ratings suggest that this will be Frankel’s toughest race and certainly a finale worthy of a champion. Crockford will be there to witness it.
(Featured photograph – Frankel by Stuart Rice)