14th June, 2012 - Posted by Elliot Slater - Comments Off
‘You’ve got to be in it to win it’. It’s an old racing cliché but remains as true now as it ever was and, although Frankel appears all but unbeatable in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes on the opening day of Royal Ascot on June 19, the Betfair horse racing community will tell you that there is no such thing as a certainty.
And one trainer prepared to have a crack at the world’s highest rated racehorse is Andreas Wohler who will saddle his Indomito against the champion.
At long odds-on of 1/4, it is clear that few punters or bookmakers see any prospect of Frankel failing to extend his unbeaten sequence to 11 races.
He seems likely to face just a handful of rivals for the mile contest, with most handlers feeling they are wasting their time in giving their horse a hard race against Sir Henry Cecil’s superstar when they could be picking up a good prize elsewhere.
Wohler, however, whilst acknowledging that Indomito is not in the same league as Frankel, believes it is worth having a go.
And should the hot favourite miss the break, suffer a slipping saddle, trip up, or decide to inexplicably down tools then maybe Indomito might have his moment of glory.
Although there is also the not inconsiderable matter of the other high-class miler Excelebration, as well as the smart Strong Suit and the recent Epsom winner Side Glance, who would be more than a challenge in their own right.
The winner of a listed race at Dresden last summer, the six-year-old failed by just half-a-length to win in Group 3 company at Dusseldorf last time out and is no slouch.
But it would be a massive shock if he is able to defy the Betfair horse racing odds and get within even five lengths of the world’s greatest racehorse, whose presence at Royal Ascot on the first day of the meeting will get the fixture off to a tremendous start.