2019 Mongol Derby: Rider Feature 6 - the WILDCARD, Frank Winters
*RACE STARTS TODAY!*
Frank Winters once entered a rodeo. The horse got bucked off. Frank Winters doesn't have a facebook page. Frank Winters doesn't need a facebook page to steal your horse, blow a kiss to your sister and ride off into the sunset. Frank Winters doesn't even have a nickable photograph on the internet. He is that good. Well, almost - I stole the official race photograph from the Adventurists' website. No-one escapes the media reach of the race organisers! And very grateful I am, too.
Welcome to this year's wildcard! Frank grew up on a ranch, riding before he could walk. He went to college on a rodeo scholarship, was still riding bucking broncs at 53 and has never had a job that didn't involve horses.
But why should I pick Frank, when his family are waiting for his inevitable hospital stay?! Firstly, Mongolians LOVE a cowboy - Will Grant can testify to that. Secondly, a lot of riders will come a cropper because they get bucked off and someone who knows how to sit a buck or two from a horse that is actively trying to unseat them has a big advantage. Thirdly, experience counts for a lot and Frank has a lot of experience.
This all being said, Frank would definitely be a surprise winner if only because he is in his fifties. But wouldn't it be absolutely fantastic if he could top off a pretty amazing career with a win like this? I'll be rooting for him here in NZ and probably your best option for following him is here on my blog because... oh wait, yes. I already said that.
Wishing you fast horses and an iron stomach, Frank!