Abby Rugg

Name: Abby Rugg
Qualification: Gold Standard NCTJ Multi-Media Journalism Diploma. (Including 100 words-per-minute shorthand)
Employment: Worked at BBC Sport and Deltatre for London 2012.
Future Aim: To work in broadcast/production television.
Blog: Started in November 2011. Published on The Sports Investor and Value Horse Tips. Please comment on a post or follow me on Twitter.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012


The Cheltenham Festival got off to a roaring start yesterday but finished with shocks and surprises.

Ruby Walsh did not have a great start yesterday: he rode champion horses yet failed to make an impact until late afternoon.

Hurricane Fly was perhaps the biggest disappointment of the day. Having set off at 4/6 Mullins' horse looked set to storm ahead of the group.

But he only finished third as Rock On Ruby, ridden by Noel Fehily, surprised punters as he finished in first place at 11/1.

Walsh knew he should have won that race and so did Mullins. It was great to see an outsider win the race and Fehily deserved the win. But I cannot help but feel a little disappointed towards Walsh and Hurricane Fly.

Al Ferof was another example of how yesterday was not Ruby's day. The grey finished fourth whilst Sprinter Sacre created a buzz for the crowd at Cheltenham.

Barry Geraghty rode the horse to a splendid victory but if Al Ferof had not made that mistake over the jump, he could have finished ahead of Henderson's horse.

However, Walsh redeemed himself by riding Quevega to victory.

She was perhaps the best horse of the day for me as she has performed perfectly.

Cinders and Ashes, at 10/1, got the Festival off to an encouraging start.

Day 2 has arrived and everyone can expect more show-stopping races. Place your bets and enjoy.

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