- DRF Bets
- Handicapping & PPsHorsemen's ProductsReports
Access past performances
- The Wizard
- DRF Gameplan
- Quick Sheets
- DRF Picks
- Today's Racing Digest
- Key Race Report
- Positive ROI Report
- Moss Pace Figure Reports
- Debut Reports
Racing and Wagering InformationTools
- DRF EasyForm PPs
- DRF Classic PDF PPs
- DRF Formulator PPs
- DRF HarnessEye PPs
- DRF Daily Harness Program PPs
- Daily Racing Program PPs
- NewsCategoriesTrack Reports
- StorePast Performances
- Compare all DRF PPs
- DRF Formulator PPs
- DRF Classic PPs
- DRF EasyForm PPs
- Daily Racing Program PPs
- See all Pricing/Plans
Royal Ascot has pair of superstars in Frankel, Black Caviar
By Marcus Hersh
Frankel on one end, Black Caviar on the other: As far as bookends go, the Royal Ascot meeting has done pretty well by itself.
The two most famous horses in the world – Black Caviar unbeaten in her 21 starts, Frankel in his 10 – are the stars of Royal Ascot 2012. Frankel goes in the Queen Anne Stakes on Tuesday’s opening card, while Black Caviar will highlight Saturday’s closing-day program in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. The five-day meet features seven Group 1 races in all, daily processions of royalty into the racecourse, and, of course, tall goofy hats at which most of the rest of the world can giggle.
Tuesday’s opening-day card is, top to bottom, the best racing of the meeting, with two other Group 1’s, the St. James's Palace and the King’s Stand, supporting the Queen Anne. But it is the Queen Anne, the first race of the meeting, that will attract the most attention. That’s because of the presence of Frankel, the best horse in the world according to the World Thoroughbred Rankings created by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities.
Almost a distant memory at this point is the injury scare this spring that briefly seemed to threaten Frankel’s career. The colt was exercising at Newmarket when he rapped the back of his front leg with a hind hoof, the injury putting his training on hold while tests were performed and the affected area closely monitored. The problem turned out to be merely superficial, and Frankel was ready enough for his first start of 2012 to bury five foes in the Group 1 J.T. Lockinge Stakes on May 19 at Newbury. Frankel won that race by five lengths, the seventh time he has recorded a win of four lengths or greater, and he will be expected to turn in a similarly dominant performance Tuesday.
Frankel came nearest to defeat on opening day of Royal Ascot in 2011, winning the St. James’s Palace Stakes by only three-quarters of a length, but the ride from jockey Tom Queally that day was widely blamed for the close call. Nothing similar has since occurred, and at age 2, Frankel won the Royal Lodge over Ascot’s straight-course mile by 10 lengths.
Frankel raced only on good or good-to-firm courses last year at 3, but as of this weekend the ground at Ascot was called soft, and though fair weather before race day should quicken the going somewhat, the turf will be something less than firm. That should prove no obstacle to Frankel, who will have stable-mate Bullet Train serve as a pacemaker as he successfully did in the Lockinge.
Frankel would have to falter to lose Tuesday, since none of his opponents have ever run well enough to beat him at anything close to his best. The opposition is expected to include Excelebration, the Lockinge runner-up who is no match for the favorite, and Strong Suit, who will make his first start since finishing unplaced in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.
While England waits excitedly to see Australia’s top sprinter, Black Caviar, in the Diamond Jubilee, another Aussie, Ortensia, is fully capable of landing the King’s Stand over five furlongs. When last seeing action, Ortensia swept powerfully down the middle of the Meydan grass course to impressively capture the Meydan Sprint on Dubai World Cup night.
There is nothing like a Frankel in this year’s St. James’s Palace Stakes, a 3-year-old restricted race. Aidan O’Brien might have the favorite in Irish 2000 Guineas winner Power, and could also start Kentucky Derby flop Daddy Long Legs.
frankel just embarrasses the field in the queen anne..i think that solidifies him as best in world if there were any doubts goin into this one
Frankel, Brilliant! Would be nice to see him the US, but unless there is a track to run a straight mile, we won't. Let's see what the Aussie mare can do.
he has just destroyed the field there, WHAT A HORSE
real horses not chemical horses
the reason they don't send him for the BC turf - is they don't have to. the best turf racing is not in America. Court Vision's win over Turralure (with an aging Goldikova) in last year's BC Cup proves my point. Those horses would be up the track at Ascot. If he comes over he wins for fun. I am more interested to see if they try to stretch him out a bit further this year. there is no reason they will not try it, aside from risking his perfect record.
If the Brits think Frankel is so good why don't they send him to race in the Breeders Cup mile and let him be truly tested?
Frankel and Black Caviar should win easily. http://handicrapper.blogspot.com/
Reading the comments it seems that people missed the point. Let me put it this way, Why do they labelled Usain Bolt and Carl Lewis as "Great Champions?" Now those people who don't know who Usain Bolt and Carl Lewis are, they are 200 and 400 metters sprint runners. Did these two runners competed in the 800 metters races to be qualified as "great champions?" Of course they didn't and yet they are "great champions." Now you people expect Black Caviar to compete at 1 mile or longer in order to label her as "great campion." And the same for Frankel, you people expect him to compete in races beyond 1 mile in order to label him as "great champion." Horses have limitations just like people have brain limitations. Let me put it another way just to help you understand. Did Secretariat, Seattle Slew or any other great champions competed in Grade I races at 7 furlongs or less? I'm not talking about their 2yo years where they start out at shorter distances, I'm talking about Gr. I races.
The Bookies over there have a proposition bet-------------------- Both horses to win by at least 5 lengths each--------------------- 8/1
Any chance they might come to the Breeders Cup?
- 1.Posted 05/24/2013 02:35PM
- 2.Posted 05/25/2013 02:36PM
- 3.Posted 05/25/2013 03:18PM
- 4.Posted 05/23/2013 04:17PM
- 5.Posted 05/25/2013 06:13PM