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Nat in frame for Frankel test

Sun, 22 July 2012

Nathaniel could take on Frankel in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York after he failed by the narrowest of margins to land back-to-back renewals of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

The John Gosden-trained four-year-old, who won the Coral-Eclipse only two weeks earlier, went down by a nose to Arc winner Danedream.

Nathaniel could renew rivalry with his Ascot nemesis at Longchamp in October, but might have a more pressing engagement against the world's highest-rated thoroughbred.

Gosden said: "He ate up well and is fine. The great thing is that he doesn't know he got beat. He thinks it was a dead-heat!

"The races we are looking at for him are the Juddmonte International, the Arc, and the Champion Stakes at Leopardstown and Newmarket. He will probably run in two of those."