This Saturday sees the reappearance of the mighty Frankel at Newbury in the Lockinge. Cecil and the Prince believe that this year we may get to see his “true potential” with a step up in distance to a 1m2f for either the Eclipse or Juddmonte International. Concerns about an injury and the rumours of retirement should be distant memories by teatime on Saturday.
More mouthwatering again is the tempting duel that may be on the cards in August on the South Downs with a possible date with the antipodean heroine Black Caviar who notched her 21st win in the Goodwood Stakes down under the other day. If that were to happen would not the Sussex Stakes of 2012 live in the memory of racing pundits as long as the great battle between Grundy and Bustino has. What a day for racing that would be.
Saturday’s race is a high standard renewal but only a curtain raiser for the season ahead with Frankel being re-oppossed by previously vanquished mounts in Excelebration, Dubawi Gold, Strong Suit but more interestingly potentially by So You Think who would notably be dropping in distance for the contest. One would expect the O’Brien charge to be a more likely opponent later in the season if Frankel was to step up as suggested.
Many will say the 2/7 or 4/11 is not value about Cecil’s super horse but you can’t get that from the bank or building society this weekend – The longer place prices for some of the others look possible good value too.
Well, let’s see what 2012 holds – perhaps a legend in the making. No that has been already done with the 2011 2000 Guineas. Did we have dream we would see better than Dancing Brave?