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Nathaniel On Par With Best in Champions Series

Remarkably, the official British Horseracing Authority performance rating for Nathaniel’s Coral-Eclipse victory on Saturday was 124, exactly the same as the rating for the winners of the three earlier middle distance Group 1 contests in the 2012 QIPCO British Champions Series.

Nathaniel (W Buick) wins the Coral Eclipse from Farhh (L Dettori)
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Camelot clocked 124 in the Investec Derby, St Nicholas Abbey did the same in the Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup (sponsored by Investec) and likewise So You Think in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.

There is therefore a four-way tie at the top of the QIPCO British Champions Middle Distance performance table with the next race, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair), taking place at Ascot a week on Saturday (July 21).

“We introduced these tables in order to provide an informative comparison between the season’s top performances and it’s quite remarkable to see the four middle distance winners all on identical ratings,” said British Champions Series Chief Executive, Rod Street.

“A possible clash between Nathaniel, if he recovers in time, and St Nicholas Abbey in the Betfair King George on Saturday week would be very likely to produce a table-topping least, that is, until Frankel enters the middle distance fray in the Juddmonte International at York in August!

“Frankel’s Mile performance rating of 140 continues to tower above anything else this season, but whether he’ll be able to match that over middle distances remains to be seen.”

Nathaniel’s 124 was two pounds below his best to date, the 126 he clocked in last year’s Betfair King George, but it was an outstanding performance considering it was his first run of the season following illness in the spring.

The lightly-raced Farhh took another step forward, clocking 122 which will be his new official rating, a rise of four pounds on the 118 he clocked in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. He could well be capable of more still in the months ahead.

The veteran Twice Over ran his best race of the season with a performance rating of 117 in third place. However, that is still two pounds below his current official rating of 119 and well below the 125 he achieved when winning the Juddmonte International last year.

Nathaniel’s victory enabled John Gosden and William Buick to close the gap on clear leaders Aidan and Joseph O’Brien in the Trainer and Jockey of the Series tables. O’Brien senior’s lead has been cut to 75 points over Gosden, while O’Brien junior retains a 55 point lead over Buick and Ryan Moore who are now tied on 50 points.



1= Camelot Investec Derby 124
1= Nathaniel Coral-Eclipse Stakes 124
1= So You Think Prince of Wales’s Stakes 124
1= St Nicholas Abbey Investec Coronation Cup 124
5 Farhh Coral-Eclipse Stakes 122
6 Carlton House Prince of Wales’s Stakes 119
7 Twice Over Coral-Eclipse Stakes 117
8 Red Cadeaux Investec Coronation Cup 116
9= Main Sequence Investec Derby 115
9= Astrology Investec Derby 115
11 Masked Marvel Investec Coronation Cup 111

NOTE: To qualify for entry into the Performance Tables, which use BHA performance ratings, a horse must finish in the first three in a QIPCO British Champions Series race. Performance ratings may retrospectively be changed if the handicappers revise their ratings for a race in the light of subsequent results.


1 Aidan O’Brien 150
2 John Gosden 75
3 Sir Henry Cecil 45
4 Saeed bin Suroor 35
5= Ed Dunlop 30
5= Roger Charlton 30


1 Joseph O’Brien 105
2= William Buick 50
2= Ryan Moore 50
4 Tom Queally 45
5 Frankie Dettori 35
6 Jimmy Fortune 25

Points are awarded on a 20-10-5 basis to the jockeys and trainers of the first three horses in each QIPCO British Champions Series race. In the event of a tie, the number of winners (and, if necessary, second places) will be taken into account. The Jockey and Trainer of the Series will be presented with a specially commissioned trophy on QIPCO British Champions at Ascot on Saturday 20 October.

The upcoming QIPCO British Champions Series races are:             



13 July

The Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes, Newmarket

Fillies & Mares


14 July

The Darley July Cup, Newmarket



21 July

The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by Betfair), Ascot

Middle Distance


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