Frankel fever will hit Ascot’s Champions Day on Saturday for the last time in the colt’s spectacular career.
However, with recent weather concerns, racing fans around the world will be hoping nothing rains on the unbeaten 4-year-old’s farewell party.
Despite Frankel impressing on the gallops in Newmarket the other day, soft ground has pushed the betting into 2/9 from 1/10, to take the Champion Stakes, but that may change once Frankel Fever takes over the Ascot punters on the course.
Still, at 2/9 Frankel offers little value to punters who don’t have deep pockets and there will be a big market on the winning distance.
Frankel was scintillating in the Juddmonte at York, simply obliterating the field taking it by 7l from Farhh.
Frankel’s average winning distance is 7.5 lengths this season and he is 3/1 to win by seven or more lengths this weekend.
However, the 4-year-old has failed only three times not to score by at least four lengths, and at 4/5 to win by at least that margin, there could be money to be made.
Soft ground will favour last year’s winner Cirrus Des Aigles who is 5/1 second favourite.
With the Frankel inclusion keeping entries down, 4/5 for Cirrus Des Aigles to take the crown without Frankel may be worth a look at, especially with the ground in his favour.
Frankel’s career may have taken a different turn had Nathanial got up to beat him in his very first race. Since then nothing has come closer to beating Frankel and Nathanial is 11/1 to seek revenge and upset a 32,000 strong crowd.
One horse that won’t have to worry about Frankel is old foe Excelebration who is going for the Queen Elizabeth II stakes. The Aiden O’Brien trained 4-year-old has been beaten by Frankel no more than 5 times, but he is a very short 4/5 to win the race that his nemesis prevented him from winning last year.
Excelebration’s biggest threats come in the form of Cityscape (9/2) and Elusive Kate (13/2), the latter looking very healthily priced.
This year’s Champions Day at Ascot is one of the best cards that the famous racecourse has ever seen with six of the top ten rated horses likely to run.
Even the Long Distance Cup has the last three gold cup winners including this year’s victor, Colour Vision (11/2). However, with Fame and Glory (5/1) and Opinion Poll (3/1), the Godolphin horse will have his work cut out in winning the Ascot double.
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