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.

Thursday, 19 July 2012


Focus has turned to John Gosden this week following his announcement of Nathaniel's go-ahead for back-to-back victories in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. 

After Nathaniel's successful first appearance of the season in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown, the team behind the horse have had the urge to compete him in both top races.

Gosden's colt won the King George last year, beating Farhh by half-a-length. However, he had to dig-deep for the win.

A lot of talk has surrounded Farhh recently as he is to race against Frankel in the Eclipse Stakes: he is seen as a classy horse that may have the most ability to beat the superstar. (But will that ever happen?!)

Connections of Nathaniel have admitted that the horse faces a tough task to emulate Dahlia and Swain as the only third dual winner of the King George. 

Despite the challenge ahead, all signs are reportedly to be good ahead of the mile-and-a-half Group One race. 

A sign of a winner is to see the levels of enthusiasm from the team. Gosden seems hyped at the chance of winning a back-to-back with Nathaniel and you cannot leave that unnoticed. No other person knows the well-being of a horse than their trainer. If he is excited about the colt, then I will take note.

Farhh is also to be supplemented for the Qipco Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. He won the Thirsk Hunt Cup earlier in the season and his form looks ideal for him to be favourite in other Group One races.

However, seeing as Godolphin has decided to race him against Frankel, the horse's ability cannot be questioned. 

Quick Quiz:

In what years did Dahlia and Swain become dual winners of the King George? 

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  1. Abby, I see you haven't mentioned St. Nicholas Abbey in your blog today. As I have mentioned in my blog "Keep Punting" I think SNA has to be respected following his wins over 1m4f at Group 1 level.

  2. Quiz - Dahlia 1974 & Swain 1998.