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Monday 11 December 2017

Camelot on course for Champion

A MOUTH-WATERING clash between Frankel and Camelot remains a possibility after trainer Aidan O'Brien confirmed the Champion Stakes at Ascot as an option for the latter.

Henry Cecil's Frankel secured his 11th consecutive victory in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday and is next likely to step up to 10 furlongs for the Juddmonte International at York, bringing October's Champion Stakes into play.

Camelot is unbeaten in four starts and has landed both the 2000 Guineas and the Investec Derby at Epsom this year.

The Irish Derby at the Curragh on June 30 is next on his agenda, with the Champion Stakes an option for later in the campaign.

"It (Champion Stakes) is an option. We take one race at a time with him," O'Brien said. "He's on the Irish Derby work regime at the moment and that's what we are looking at, but we're taking one day at a time.

Well

"So far everything is going well - so far, so good.

"The Guineas was a dream, the Derby was a dream, so we'll just keep dreaming."

Meanwhile, Frankel's new rating of 140 has been confirmed by the British Horseracing Authority.

Many expected the star to be assessed at an even higher mark than that after his 11-length demolition job on Tuesday's Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, a race he went into on a rating of 138.

However, BHA handicapper Dominic Gardiner-Hill said after the stunning victory that, given the horses he had behind him, Frankel's new mark was unlikely to surpass the highest ever of 141 achieved by Dancing Brave in the 1986 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, and so it has proved to be with the new rating.

The BHA tweeted: "BHA Handicappers confirm Frankel's official rating to be raised to 140 after victory in Queen Anne Stakes on Tuesday."

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