Nathaniel will head a strong British duo heading over the Irish Sea to the Curragh on Saturday evening as the classy John Gosden-trained star will look to bag the Irish Champion Stakes for connections and he will be joined by wonder mare Snow Fairy, who will also make the trip over to the Emerald Isle.
A narrow defeat to Arc winner Danedream in this year's King George meant he was unable to retain his Sandown Park title he won with aplomb in 2011, but Gosden is ebullient about his chances in the Group One on Saturday and the bookmakers also hold the same thoughts as he currently heads the betting for the 1m 2f contest.
His win in the Coral Eclipse earlier in the season showed he still possesses a whole lot of class and with William Buick set to hot foot from Haydock Park, after riding Ortensia in the Betfred Sprint Cup, all factors should lead to a strong performance from the four-year-old, but there will be some notable adversaries, and none more than Snow Fairy.
She sparkled at Deauville last time out and Ed Dunlop's globetrotting win machine will now look to add the Irish Champion Stakes title to her blossoming CV and she will certainly be a threat to her British rival.
Ryan Moore is still on the sidelines, so Frankie Dettori will pick up the ride again on the mare, but he showed when partnering her to victory in France that he is an able enough deputy and she will certainly hand Nathaniel another tough test.
Aidan O'Brien will launch a dual attack on the race with St Nicholas Abbey flying the flag for Ballydoyle and he will be looking to improve on his third in the Juddmonte International, where he was trounced by the incomparable Frankel.
Daddy Long Legs will be the other O'Brien-trained runner, whilst John Oxx's Irish Derby second Born To Sea and Jim Bolger's Light Heavy complete a simply stunning sextet in what make up one of the most eagerly-anticipated races of the entire Irish flat season.