TWELVE months ago Ipswich-owned Albert the Fat was the most popular racehorse around after winning the BTC Cup at Doomben.
On Saturday, his owners will be overjoyed if he’s the most unpopular horse in the world.
Albert the Fat will be aiming to do what no other horse has been able to achieve – to beat the world’s best racehorse Black Caviar.
This once-in-a-generation superhorse has been compared with the legendary Phar Lap and Bernborough and has won 12 races from 12 starts.
Albert the Fat’s owners are banking that he can’t read and he hasn’t heard the hype.
He has 10 owners, most from Ipswich, and since six of them played rugby league for West End; his jockey’s silks are its maroon and blue with the bulldog logo.
One of the owners, Jason White of Big White Furniture Store fame, was yesterday trying to be bullish about his gelding’s chances.
“The trainer asked if we wanted to skip the race and 100 per cent of the owners said they wanted to run,” he said.
“That will be the crossword question forever – who was the first horse to beat Black Caviar.
“Last season we were the popular horse with the colours and all. On Saturday we will be happy to be unpopular. We want there to be 20,000 unhappy people and 10 happy ones.”
He joked that it was a positive that there were only eight starters in the race.
“Black Caviar is obviously a very good racehorse but they are all beatable on their day,” he said.
“It needs everything to go its way; we’ve got a chance if everything goes our way.
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