Once in a while a horse comes along and sets the pulse racing with anticipation of potential greatness.
Whereas Sea The Stars fulfilled that expectation just last season, this years’ potential wonder horse, St Nicholas Abbey, has so far failed to set foot on a racecourse, other than a disappointing performance in the Stan James 2000 Guineas.
The great thing about horse racing is that one never knows just when the next superstar is about to make an appearance, but the door is always open to the possibility.
One such possibility runs this Saturday in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes, in the shape of the hugely promising Henry Cecil trained colt Frankel.
By Galileo, out of the well bred Listed Stakes winner Kind, Frankel is owned by Khalid Abdullah, responsible for plenty of high quality performers over the years, and connections will be disappointed if this horse is not added to that long list.
7/1 Favourite for next years’ 2000 Guineas, and 10/1 market leader for the Derby with Coral and William Hill, who are currently giving new customers a free bet of up to £30, Frankel has created a big impression in his two runs to date.
After easily winning his Newmarket maiden, Tom Queally’s mount was upped in class for a Doncaster Conditions race. With main marker rival Farhh withdrawn at the start Frankel was left with a relatively simple task, but the authority he showed in demolishing two decent opponents took the breath away.
With the likes of Titus Mills and Treasure Beach in opposition in Ascot’s Group 2 contest, we should be much wiser regarding the colt’s ability after Saturday’s event, but hopefully the dream will be kept alive with another eyecatching performance.