The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe odds might be the best place to look for punters interested in backing Nathaniel next season. Nathaniel enjoyed a highly profitable three-year-old season and surprised many by securing victory at Group One level when triumphing in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, finishing ahead of a former Arc winner in Workforce in the process.
Distance looks imperative to Nathaniel odds
Although Frankel is at his best over 1m, he would also be extremely tough to beat over any distance in the range of 6f to 1m2f. And this is true of many horses that they have an optimum distance but are on the large part very versatile. This is not something that is true of Nathaniel, who on previous form can only win in Group company over 1m4f. He seemingly lacks the speed to compete over shorter distances and the stamina to stay further.
Ground also pivotal to Nathaniel odds
Nathaniel is certainly one of the more fussier and awkward horses in the racing world as he also requires some cut in the ground to be at his best. Nathaniel odds should be avoided if there is a lack of rain in the build up to a big race as he is more than likely to underperform on a surface considered good or firm. If the ground is soft or even heavy, Nathaniel is a serious contender over 1m4f to win further Group One showdowns.
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is the biggest contest of the Flat season open to Nathaniel as he is now too old for the Epsom Derby. However, if conditions are right he could win a host of big races, with a possible route through the season being the Coronation Cup at Epsom, followed by the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes again at Ascot, then the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp and finally the Arc at the same French course.