Skip to main content
Part of complete coverage on

Horse play: No Wally, but where's the Fez?

updated 5:14 PM EDT, Wed October 17, 2012
  • Superstar colt Frankel to run in QIPCO Champion Stakes on Saturday
  • QIPCO Champion Stakes has $2.1 million prize fund
  • French challenger Cirrus des Aigles won the race in 2011

(CNN) -- Britain's Ascot racecourse hosts the most eagerly awaited finale of the flat-racing season on Saturday as the world's top-rated horse Frankel bids to crown his remarkable career by securing a 14th consecutive win.

In what is likely to be his final outing in Britain's most valuable race -- the QIPCO Champion Stakes, which has a prize fund of $2.1 million -- victory for Frankel is likely to further enhance "Usain Colt's" stud value.

A second chance for injured racehorses
Solemia dashes Orfevre's hopes

Cirrus Des Aigles won the 2011 version of the race and the French challenger will be back at Ascot to defend his title.

Owned by Saudi prince Khaled Abdullah and trained by Sir Henry Cecil, Frankel is the favorite to win in front of what is expected to be a 32,000 sell-out crowd.

In recognition of Frankel's achievements and Saturday's finale to the flat racing season, CNN visited Ascot to shoot a panorama of the racecourse and devised a quiz to test our readers' nose for observation.

Ascot quiz:

1. How many Chelsea pensioners are in the crowd?

2. How many fezes are being worn in the grandstand?

3. What colour is the ice cooler?

4. How many large bookmaker umbrellas are on the course?

5. What key viewing point of the course is directly in front of Ascot's Winning Post sign?

Answers to the Ascot quiz will be posted after the conclusion of the QIPCO Champion Stakes on Saturday.

Part of complete coverage on
updated 5:41 AM EST, Fri December 12, 2014
Sculptures in driftwood
You may have heard of Glorious Goodwood, but what about glorious driftwood? Meet the artist turning beach detritus into stunning sculptures.
updated 8:37 AM EDT, Thu October 30, 2014
He's won six Olympic medals on two legs, but Bode Miller's future will ride on four -- can he replicate his skiing success in the "Sport of Kings"?
updated 8:47 AM EDT, Thu October 23, 2014
As a jockey, Philip Blacker lived for the thrills and spills of horse racing. As a sculptor, his work captures the horror of World War I.
updated 11:12 AM EDT, Tue October 14, 2014
Ever thought zebras couldn't be tamed? Think again. Gary Witheford has a remarkable way with wild animals -- which he proved after a pub boast.
updated 10:35 AM EDT, Thu October 9, 2014
The internet went wild for so-called "horse yoga" -- but there was something deeper going on that reconnects humans with the animal world.
updated 9:23 AM EDT, Mon September 1, 2014
The going is always soft and the only permanent building is a toilet block. It's the antithesis to the pomp of Royal Ascot ... welcome to Irish beach racing.
updated 7:07 AM EDT, Wed August 13, 2014
Each August, over a thousand tents and hundreds of horses converge on Little Big Horn River in Montana for the Crow Fair and Rodeo.
updated 5:57 AM EDT, Fri August 1, 2014
Show me the money! Hollywood star Tom Cruise was a big hit when he visited the Glorious Goodwood festival.
updated 8:41 AM EDT, Mon July 21, 2014
Little-known outside the tribes of the Rocky Mountains in the American northwest, Indian Relay is a "magical" horse-racing relay.
updated 9:25 AM EDT, Tue July 8, 2014
Now in his 50s, one of the world's most successful jockeys explains why he gave up acting to return to the sport that nearly crippled him.
Winning Post's Francesca Cumani is impressed by the all-round multitasking skills of Ireland's champion trainer Aidan O'Brien.
updated 4:53 AM EDT, Sat June 7, 2014
 An infrared camera was used to create this image.) A horse and exercise rider head to the main track for morning training at Belmont Park on June 4, 2014 in Elmont, New York.
More people have walked on the moon than have won the fabled Triple Crown of U.S. horse racing. California Chrome is seeking to square that score.
updated 7:37 AM EDT, Thu June 5, 2014
A long history of controversy made him the "enfant terrible" of horse racing, but veteran jockey Kieren Fallon is looking for redemption.