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Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe

The market for the leading European middle distance race of the season is still undecided until connections of Frankel decide if they are going to run their unbeaten superstar in the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October.

Fans of the four-year old have been urging owner Khalid Abdulla to enter the world’s top rated racehorse into the showpiece event in France in what is his final season on the track.

Frankel was faced with the toughest test of his career at York earlier in the month where he stepped up in trip to 1m2f for the very first time but managed to pass with flying colours in the Juddmonte International Stakes. The extra 2f had no effect on his performance as he swept aside his rivals, who included a Breeders’ Cup winner in St Nicholas Abbey and one of Godolphin’s leading stars, Farhh.

Regardless of whether Frankel runs in the Arc or not, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on British Champions Day is very likely to be his final swansong in what has been a glittering career so far. Not many horses have captivated the public’s imagination as Sir Henry Cecil’s runner has done over the past three years.

At the moment it is currently Camelot who is the ante-post favourite for the Arc with most bookmakers, including Unibet. Like Frankel, though, there is no guarantee at this stage that Aiden O’Brien’s colt will even run in France in October. His next test is the St Leger at Doncaster where he is aiming to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Njinsky in 1970.

Last year’s winner Dandream is likely to be back again though. The German-trained horse scored by five lengths last year ahead of Shareta and looked in good form when winning the King George VI & Queen Elisabeth Stakes at Ascot in July. 

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