Frankel could face at least one stern rival when he lines up for the Juddmonte International in the shape of St Nicholas Abbey.
The world’s highest-rated horse is scheduled to tackle 10 furlongs for the first time at York on August 22, in a race sponsored by his owner, Khalid Abdullah.
Cirrus Des Aigles has been confirmed an absentee, with Nathaniel seemingly more likely to head for the Irish Champion Stakes.
But Aidan O’Brien looks set to target the Group One showpiece with dual Coronation Cup and Breeders’ Cup Turf hero St Nicholas Abbey.
Speaking at the Curragh, O’Brien said: “St Nicholas Abbey could run next in the Juddmonte.”
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