Hadabeclorka would be the greatest barefoot winner since Olympian Abebe Bikila if he takes out the Group1 $500,000 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot today.
The Tabsportsbet $81 chance is a ten-year-old who tries just sometimes, and is yet to win over 1800m.
He will also need to jump from 1200m to 1800m in just two weeks.
The Hurricane Sky gelding is the oldest horse racing at Ascot today, but trainer Brent Larsson believes he is more than a flukers chance.
Larsson mixes up Hadabeclorka’s routine, giving him bush, beach and trackwork to keep him interested.
“He mainly goes to the beach or the bush,” Larsson said.
“He is a horse where you have to work on his brain more than his fitness.
“He is a tricky horse to get to try all of the time.
“We tend to leave it until the big races to get him down to the beach to brighten him up.
“He was never really sore but was tender in the heels.
“He has terribly shaped feet and when you shod him, a lot of pressure went on his heels.
“Since we’ve had the shoes off, he is much more genuine.”
Hadabeclorka ran a respectable driving fourth to Ortensia in last Saturday week’s Winterbottom Stakes (1200m), the race he won in 2010.
In fact it was the last race he has won.
His prowess at 1800m is questionable.
He finished seventh to Corporate Sam in the 2009 Ascot Gold Cup at the trip.
He raced beyond the distance twice but was unplaced and 1400m is still his longest winning distance.
Hadabeclorka, a late Kingston Town entry, will be ignored pre-race today but stranger things have happened .
In 1960 Bikila, was a late entry into the Olympic marathon, was ignored pre-race, and ran bare foot to win the Gold Medal for Ethiopia in Rome.