Ascot next for Frankel

Connections of Frankel have confirmed the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot in October as the intended next target for the world’s highest rated racehorse.

Connections of Frankel have confirmed the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot in October as the intended next target for the world’s highest rated racehorse.

Sir Henry Cecil’s incredible colt produced another mesmerising performance to land the Juddmonte International at York last week on his first attempt at a mile and quarter, 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, has confirmed that intention in a brief statement to Press Association Sport.

Grimthorpe said: “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.”

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