The almost unprecedented quality on offer at British Champions Day on Saturday 20th October means that the markets will be some of the strongest all year and, like at all the most competitive meetings, great prices will be available on top class horses.
The exception to this of course is likely to be Frankel, who returned at almost unprecedented odds of 1-10 at Royal Ascot, and who is likely to start even shorter at Goodwood in the Sussex Stakes.
The Champion Stakes has already been priced up and if you are a large investor then Coral's 1-2 may look like manna from heaven. Of course this is horseracing and with Frankel unproven at the distance, and with Triple Crown and King George winners possibly awaiting him then a waiting brief may advisable.
With the world's best racehorse in action we may have the extraordinary sight of an unbeaten Triple Crown winner not starting as favourite for his next race. You can get 6-1 about Ballydoyle's star three-year-old at the moment alongside the currently sidelined Cirrus des Aigles.
2011 King George winner and 2012 Coral Eclipse winner Nathaniel can be backed at 10-1 while improving Farhh of Godolphin is 14-1. With no horse in this game even certain to make it to the start of any particular race punters may be tempted to look twice at the 25-1 about Breeders' Cup Turf and Coronation Cup winner St Nicholas Abbey, or the 33-1 about the same stable's Grand Prix De Paris winner Imperial Monarch.
Beauty Parlour is an intriguing contender at 16-1 as she almost fits two of the most significant trends for the race. Firstly she is a filly and they have an incredible record in the race winning it eleven times in the past 30 years.
Secondly, Beauty Parlour has been trained in France for most of her career, (now with Henry Cecil), and the French record in the race is almost as good as that of fillies and mares, having taken this Group One nine times in 30 years and three times in the past six.
The other races on British Champions Day are likely to be much more open than the Champion as there is no Frankel to contend with. The Long Distance Cup will be a defining factor in deciding the best stayer of the year with the all those at the front end of the Ascot Gold Cup likely to lock horns again.
The 1-2-3 last year was Fame And Glory (5-2), Opinion Poll (12-5) and Colour Vision (10-1) and these are likely to line up again with the latter, 2012 Ascot Gold Cup winner, likely to challenge for favouritism this time leading to a very competitive market.
The Sprint Stakes may well be the most open of all the championship races, with some very tasty prices available, as no horse has as yet stamped their authority on the division this season.
The mile championship, the QEII, could have any number of contenders hoping to bag a Group One over this distance in Frankel's absence, and punters could well latch onto Excelebration to finally bag his first Group One in this country.