The Queen will be present at Ascot on October 20 to witness what is expected to be the final racecourse reappearance of the great Frankel who is set to start at long odds-on for the Group 1 Qipco Champion Stakes, the highlight of a tremendous card that includes the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, the race for which Her Majesty will present the winning trophy, writes Elliot Slater.
Frankel recently came through his final serious gallop before the big race with flying colours, storming as many as 20 lengths clear of his work companion Midsummer Sun to demonstrate his wellbeing and remain a rock solid 1/10 favourite. The raceday is already a sell-out as British racing fans flock to the Berkshire track to get a final glimpse of the world’s greatest racehorse – and possibly the best of all-time – who is confidently expected to end his outstanding career with a perfect record of 14 wins from 14 outings despite the anticipated presence in the 10 furlong affair of the high-class pair of Cirrus Des Aigles and Nathaniel.
The Queen will also be hoping to see her best colt Carlton House go through his paces in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. A close third when favourite for last year’s Epsom Derby before finishing fourth in the Irish equivalent a month later, the son of Street Cry made a fine start to this term when winning the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown, then ran a cracker to be a brave second to So You Think in the Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. Dropped back to a mile at Ascot the following month Ryan Moore’s mount failed to settle, and connections will be hoping that he gets a strong pace in the big race and can give his owner something to shout about in the closing stages.