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.
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Thursday, 4 October 2012


Frankie Dettori has been given the chance to ride dual Derby winner Camelot in Sunday's Qatar Prix de l'Arc Triomphe and what an occasion that will be for him and for the spectators.

Aidan O'Brien had made a strong hint earlier this week that the colt will ride in the mix but decisions were still to be made about his jockey.

O'Brien's son, Joseph, has been unable to make the weight of 8stone 11lb to ride Ballydoyle's 2000 Guineas winner so Dettori, one of racing's most famous jockeys, will take over the reins.

Joseph will instead ride stablemate St Nicholas Abbey. But can Camelot perform to high expectations on Sunday in another high-profiled race after the disappointment of the St Leger?

Camelot failed to gain the triple crown at Doncaster last month that Nijinsky did so well and his participation in the Arc was left in the air since his defeat. I believe that Camelot raced well on the day but he just got beat. O'Brien knew where he went wrong and I hope he corrects his preparations by Sunday. 

There is no doubt about the fact that Camelot can produce world-class performances and he is capable of winning more prestigious titles. But with so much hype constantly surrounding this horse, O'Brien has to be prepared to act brave. 

Can the colt pull off a classy win this time round? His biggest competition seems to be 2-1 favourite Star Sports, who William Buick will be riding as Nathaniel is out of the race.

Camelot has shown he can be beaten and O'Brien has to be sure that he won't disappoint again. After the Gold Cup, the Arc is arguably the next biggest race in the sport's calendar and the team need to be sure of a confident ride.

Do you fancy Camelot's chances in the Arc? Or do you think his recent St Leger defeat has shaken his racing ability?

1 comment:

  1. Abby, I have followed Camelot's racing career so far & I have been impressed with him so far. At Doncaster in my opinion Joseph took the wrong option when turning into the long straight by staying on the far rail. I would have preferred if he had ridden Camelot to make his final challenge on the wide outside ala Lester Piggott. So in ending I think he will win in Paris on Sunday & I look forward to when he returns next season.