2012 Champion Stakes (G1)

10/20/2012, Ascot-GB
1 1/4 m (Turf)
3+ M
*Rank is current Power Ranking among all active horses, based on highest HRN rating. Rating is based on HRN member voting.
FinSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast Start / Next Start
1st Frankel
S. Cecil
T. Queally
1st, 2012 Champion Stakes (G1) View Video
2nd Cirrus Des Aigles
Even Top
M. Barande-Barbe
O. Peslier
2nd, 2014 Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) View Video
Apr 27 - Prix Ganay (G1)
3rd Nathaniel
J. Gosden
W. Buick
3rd, 2012 Champion Stakes (G1) View Video
4th Pastorius
Soldier Hollow
M. Hofer
F. Dettori
6th, 2013 Coral-Eclipse (G1) View Video
5th Master Of Hounds
W. Haggas
R. Moore
15th, 2013 Godolphin Mile (G2) View Video
6th Bullet Train
Sadler's Wells
S. Cecil
I. Mongan
6th, 2012 Champion Stakes (G1) View Video

What the Nation is saying about the 2012 Champion Stakes (G1)...

Although Frankel has left the racing world behind him and settled into his new life at stud, he won't be forgotten anytime soon.Read More
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  • icyhotboo · All group1 or grade1 aren't equal. For instance many a grade1 that Game On Dude ran in and won on the west coast were grade3s in Nebraska. As for not showing up, after his weakness was exposed they could find both a rabbit and a closer of championship caliber to test him as they did Dr. Fager. · 476 days ago ·
  • icyhotboo · ^should read "couldn't^ · 476 days ago ·
Exiting stage right to the applause of thousands, Frankel retires a champion, an unbeaten one at that, after victory in the British Champions Stakes at Ascot saw a fourteenth victory for equine perfection. Read More
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  • forego139 · What beautiful pictures, still wish they would have brought him to the B.C., after all he was named after one of America's best trainer's to ever train the late Robert Bobby Frankel. Maybe one of his offsprings will be sent to America to trainer Bob Baffert to train now that Juddmonte and Baffert have joined forces. · 541 days ago ·
  • shadowno · Or more appropriately send a couple to Humberto Ascaino and Jose Cuevas who tended to many a Juddmonte horse. · 541 days ago ·
After Frankel rolled by Cirrus Des Aigles in the grade one Champion Stakes, extending his record to an unbeaten 14 for 14, there was only one thought in my mind… I had just witnessed the greatest horse to ever race of all time.Read More
In what has now been confirmed as his final career race, Frankel the Fantastic, faced with his most difficult challenge of his career, proved once again his greatness today at Ascot.Read More
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  • BrianZipse · Not sure you can say horse for course when he's won at six different venues ... also haven't the vast majority of America's all-time greats only run in one country? · 545 days ago ·
  • edgaropena · I do not buy the argument about shipping to prove you are the best. Two of the greatest thoroughbreds of all time Man O'War and Secretariat never left North America. · 544 days ago ·
Frankel is still set to head a star-studded cast on Qipco Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday as long as the ground is considered safe for the world's highest-rated racehorse.Read More
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  • MrEd26 · I hope he does scratch and the owner and trainer come to their senses and race him in the BC! · 546 days ago ·
  • notobsessed · He's not coming to the Breeder's Cup! It's too late · 546 days ago ·
A perfect thirteen for thirteen, the fairytale story of Frankel comes to an emotional end on Saturday as a sell-out crowd of 32,000 pack into Ascot for one final glimpse of Sir Henry Cecil's superstar.Read More
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  • Mary Z. · I love MM's enthusiasm. Here's to Frankel handling the soft turf and going out with another magnificent win. · 547 days ago ·
  • icyhotboo · He is in my opinion one of the great ones. Magnificant looking animal. I have to try and catch that race. In case anyone is not aware post time for that particular race is 11:05 AM. EST · 547 days ago ·
Cecil has masterminded the four-year-old's glittering career - and done so, in recent times, while undergoing extensive treatment for cancer. And just as the master of Warren Place has been there for Frankel, so the horse - owned by staunch Cecil supporter Khalid Abdulla - has been there for him. Ce...Read More
FRANKEL'S last test will be his toughest according to Teddy Grimthorpe as the world's best horse prepares to take to the racecourse for the final time in the Qipco Champion Stakes on Saturday. Unbeaten in 13 starts, over distances ranging from 7f to 1m2½f, on good, soft and good to firm going, Frank...Read More
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  • timgsmith10 · IF .. a big IF Frankel loses would they reconsider retirement to track down whoever beats him to avenge the loss? · 549 days ago ·
  • travel_vic · Margin of victory is NOT the strict evaluation status of a win as MANY horses, once their rider knows they are home free, GEAR DOWN. The internal fractions of contests is where most of it happens. · 549 days ago ·
THE heaviest rain forecast for Ascot this week is due on Tuesday night but the track has ruled out changing the running order of Saturday's Qipco British Champions Day card because of the possibility of testing ground.Read More
CORINE BARANDE-BARBE believes there could be even more to come from Cirrus Des Aigles, as she applies the finishing touches to the world's second highest rated horse ahead of his summit meeting with Frankel in Saturday's Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot. Read More
I think Frankel will win.
@BrianZipse, I notice you have Orfevre listed as possible for the G1 Champion Stakes next weekend. They were saying just tonight on HRTV that Orfevre has already arrived back in Japan. Hard to imagine they wouldn't have just left him in Europe for another week or week and half if they were going to run him in the Champion Stakes at Ascot, too? I can't see them sending him all the way back to Europe again from Japan in just a few days time after he just got home? My guess is that Orfevre is most likely home to stay for the upcoming the G1 Japan Cup next month, but I could be wrong I suppose?
  • BrianZipse · Agreed, but ... his connections did say the Champion was under consideration. · 554 days ago ·
  • footlick · Brian is correct. After the Arc they were considering running him against Frankel and Cirrus des Aigles. But, obviously they decided not to do so. · 554 days ago ·
With the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe a mere twenty four hours later, Cirrus des Aigles produced an exceptional performance in tiring ground, powering away for an unassailable nine-length success in the G2 Prix Dollar at Longchamp.Read More
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  • karen.sweatman.9 · If my comments were clear, I wouldn't have been deemed a "hater", huh, referring to Frankel, I presume? Must be why every square inch of my home has a horse photo or painting covering it. I despise Frankel so much that I just purchased another portrait of him. As for my comment concerning Danedream not liking Japan and sushi, that was intended to be light humor directed at her poor performance in last year's Japan Cup, but somehow it was twisted into me being prejudice against the Japanese, OUCH! Some of you people are thinking too hard. Guess I'll take this as a lesson in communication. · 556 days ago ·
  • footlick · If you can't comprehend your own statement as to how you would LOVE to see this horse prove that Frankel is not the second coming of Christ would lead people top believe you were not fond of Frankel, then I can't help you. My only other conclusion is that you want to be controversial. There is nowhere in that statement that shows any liking of Frankel. Maybe you just want attention, and unfortunately by commenting I'm feeding it. Your statement was very clear, very pointed and not supportive or showing of any liking of Frankel. If you can't comprehend that, then maybe you do need a lesson in communication. Have a great day · 556 days ago ·
Earning her seventh Group 1 victory in spectacular fashion, Snow Fairy beat two of the best turf males in the world yesterday to take Leopardstown’s Irish Champion Stakes. Ridden by Frankie Dettori, the fantastic five-year-old mare swung into action down the stretch to collar and power past race fav...Read More
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  • BrianZipse · ZATT's Star of the Week, is ... Snow Fairy! · 586 days ago ·
  • Ann Maree · Thank you for giving the nod to the overseas star, Snow Fairy! She is truly awesome and has the heart of a champion, male or female. The most exciting re-match to me will be Snow Fairy and the great German wondermare, Danedream, in the Arc on Oct. 7. They share similar "Seabiscuit-like" beginnings: Snow Fairy was bought back for $2,300 US when she failed to generate any interest at auction as a yearling; Danedream sold as a yearling at auction for about $11,300 USD (about the same as I'll Have Another as a yearling) and she now is considered the best all-time German horse ever. Both I think are smaller than average, being referred to as “diminutive”, “petite”, though I don’t know their actual heights or weights. Danedream set a record in the Arc last year; Snow Fairy set a record in the Irish Champion Stakes on Saturday. The Arc is looking like a clash of the titans, with international stars like Orfevre (Japan TC winner), Dunaden (2011 Melbourne Cup winner), possibly Camelot, but for my money, all eyes will be on Snow Fairy and Danedream to be the match of the decade! · 586 days ago ·

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