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QIPCO CHAMPION STAKES (Group 1)
Ascot, Turf, 2000m
20 October 2012
We all thought that the Buick motorcar was a relic of a former age, but when it comes to racehorses, there is a new version in the riding ranks. William Buick has been central to the wave of success which trainer John Gosden has enjoyed in the past few seasons, piloting a veritable stream of Group One winners for the Newmarket-based yard. Yesterday, Buick pointed to Nathaniel as the main rival to Frankel in the G1 QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot October 20.
Following the scintillating performance of Khalid Abdullah’s world highweight in Wednesday’s Juddmonte International (G1) at York, Buick is looking forward to taking him on with Lady Rothschild’s 2011 G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and 2012 G1 Eclipse Stakes winner.
“I think Frankel is probably unbeatable, but we’ve got a horse in Nathaniel who will probably at some stage have a go”, said Buick. “If Ascot came up testing and stamina came into it, he will definitely give him a run for his money and I think he is the horse to get nearest to him. If stamina comes into it, I would be putting emphasis on that and try to find any chinks that Frankel does have, but he probably doesn’t. You have to give it a go”, he continued. “It’s a pleasure to be riding in races with Frankel. I’ve never seen a horse who can accelerate like him, he just leaves everything standing. He’s the best horse I’ve seen and he’s probably the best horse there’s ever been, so being around when he’s around, is a pleasure”.