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Royal Ascot 2012: It’s Frankel’s World

Poor Excelebration. I mean this is a world class miler, but with the King around, I can only imagine this horse with an empty gruel bowl sheepishly going up to the huge presence that is Frankel … “Please, sir, I want some more.” Oh he’ll get some more, and then some.


What a way for the Royal Ascot meet to get underway. The world’s top ranked horse will take to the turf soon after the Royal carriages have signaled the opening of perhaps the most famous race meet on the planet. A field of eleven will contest the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes as the 14:30 opening race of a fantastic string of contests set to be run at the famed racecourse, and if you are hoping for anything but a powerful canter down the straight for another easy victory by Frankel, you will most likely go home sorely disappointed.


Eleven. That will be the number of pure perfection tomorrow at Ascot. Ten times the powerful four-year-old son of Galileo has hit the racetrack, and without exception he has come away a powerful victor. In his first ten races the only race that made him look close to mortal came one year ago in the St. James Palace Stakes at, you guessed it, Royal Ascot. That day, Frankel held on to victory by the tiny margin (for him) of only three-quarters of a length. In the rest of his races, he made mincemeat of the fields, in some of the most important miles in the world.


So is there any reason at all to think that one of the other ten horses lining up to face King Frankel can actually compete with, let alone defeat, him. Chief among his competition tomorrow is the aforementioned four-year-old colt, Excelebration. The winner of six of his last ten starts, the Aidan O’Brien trained, and Joseph O’Brien ridden colt has had the ultimate misfortune of running against Frankel in each of those four losses. Poor Excelebration.


Look for Frankel to roll home tomorrow in a beautiful opening to the Royal Ascot meet. Sir Henry Cecil's superstar colt has already proven too good at a flat mile against anything he will see tomorrow. Bigger challenges may come if and when Frankel stretches out to distances farther than a mile, but even then, I would not bet against him.


Enjoy a regal performance tomorrow at Royal Ascot, racefans, for Frankel is something very, very special. 





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I got too nervous about Chinese website blocks and just hopped the China border and took the train to Sha Tin...haha.
Does anyone know if royal ascot will be streamed online? I dont have a TVG or Bet356 account, but those are the only ways I have seen to watch.
You can watch Royal Ascot on Twin Spires for free, live.
BBC Global still not available, but BBC radio is broadcasting live: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/horse-racing/18498879
If you have iPad or iPhone, I think you can download BBC iPlayer app and access. I am going to try it today, otherwise it's TiVo or play hookie.... http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/tv/bbc_one_london/watchlive
This site is advertising it, but I have never used them before. Good luck, Matt! http://www.oleoletv.com/tv/video/channel/feed/link/broadcast/vivo/gratis/p2p/directa/watch/live/streaming/online/free/13/127304/1/june-19-2012/royal-ascot-day-1.html
I need a wake up call west coast...
Frankel should dominate here. http://handicrapper.blogspot.com/
Frankel's had at least 4 lengths on Excelebration all 4 times they've faced each other now. If the ground were to potentially end up a little softer than Sir Henry Cecil ideally hopes for Frankel in the Queen Anne, than maybe Excelebration cuts into the margin by a length or two at best? But given what I saw out of the 2 in the G1 Lockinge Stakes just a month ago at Newbury, I can't in any way, shape, form, or fashion imagine Excelebration suddenly being able to overturn Frankel in the Queen Anne. Anyone else in the field either for that matter. JMO.
Timeform said the Queen will lead a Royal procession and a half hour later, so will Frankel! Strong Suit is a nice horse, but he's strictly a sprinter. Could be a decent exacta. If Queally doesn't fall off, he should win by 5 or more.

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 

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A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.


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