Frankel has proved to be unbeatable with 13 wins from 13 starts and it appears likely that the four-year-old will be retired to stud after the Qipco Champion Stakes, although connections have not yet confirmed that will definitely be the case.
The action kicks off at 1:45 with the British Champions Long Distance Cup, with the BBC televising five races including the British Champions Sprint Stakes at 2:20 and the British Champions Fillies’ and Mares’ Stakes at 2:55. Then we have the two Group 1 contests and they both look like mouth-watering affairs.
3:30 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
We’re sure to see many punters include Excelebration in a double with Frankel for this Group 1 double header, although while the latter is regarded as a penalty kick in his race, the Aidan O’Brien-trained charge faces stiff opposition in this race over one mile.
The four-year-old has enjoyed two wins and two second placed in four starts this season, with the latest victory coming in Deauville when Cityscape was edged into second place. The two runner-up spots were against Frankel and perhaps this horse is the second best horse in the land this season. You can back the favourite at 10/11 (bet365 £200 free bets).
Cityscape is sure to give a good account of himself and can be backed at 5/1 (William Hill bookmaker), while Elusive Kate has featured in the frame for all four starts and ran a creditable second to Siyouma at Newmarket last month.
The Queen will also have high hopes of victory when Carlton House returns to Ascot for what she hopes will be third time lucky after narrowly losing to So You Think at Royal Ascot before fourth place behind Fanunalter in July.
4:05 Champion Stakes
The moment that everyone will be waiting for and the rainfall in Berkshire on Friday means that we could see Frankel running on heavy ground for the first time in his career. It could lead to his toughest assignment although they aren’t exactly queuing up to beat a horse that has done wonders for the sport of horse racing.
Tom Queally will once again carry the expectations of the racing fraternity when he boards this machine who has delivered a series of spellbinding performances which have included the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Frankel is a 1/4 chance (Paddy Power) to win the Champion Stakes and it will be Cirrus Des Aigles that is likely to provide the most stubborn opposition, with the six-year-old needing to be respected after three wins this year.
The French raider is a 4/1 chance (William Hill) and could look to stretch the field from an early stage, while Nathaniel is the other runner in the race that needs to be respected.