It continues to rain across England, but if the going stays off the heavy side, Frankel is likely to take his place in Saturday’s Qipco Champion Stakes (G1) at Ascot, capping a brilliant card for the British Champion Series. There should be no denying, however, that the soft ground will be a concern. 2012 Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) victor Cirrus Des Aigles has every right to repeat in this race after upsetting So You Think in 2011. He was dismissed at 12-1 that day, but Corine Barande-Barbe’s gelding is the opponent of the greatest class the unbeaten Frankel has ever faced. More so, Cirrus Des Aigles has had phenomenal success over softer going, which only adds to the chances of toppling Frankel. John Gosden trainee Nathaniel holds top credentials, and last met Frankel in their career debuts. Master of Hounds was victorious in the Jebel Hatta (G1) in March, and won the Topkapi Trophy (G2) at Veliefendi in his last start.
Below, a selection of videos from the career of the best horse Frankel will have faced – Cirrus Des Aigles.
2012 Dubai Sheema Classic
2011 Qipco Champion Stakes
2012 Prix Ganay