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, 30 January 2013


The 2013 Grand National has attracted 84 entries, including popular horses Imperial Commander, On His Own, Tidal Bay, Sunnyhillboy and Chicago Grey.
Below is the list of entries (trainer's name in brackets).

Across The Bay (D McCain)

Albertas Run (J O'Neill)

Alfie Sherrin (J O'Neill)
Always Waining (P Bowen)
Any Currency (M Keighley)
Auroras Encore (S Smith)
Backstage (G Elliott)
Ballabriggs (D McCain)
Balthazar King (P Hobbs)
Becauseicouldntsee (N Glynn)
Beshabar (T Vaughan)
Big Fella Thanks (T George)
Bob Lingo (T Mullins)
Bostons Angel (Mrs J Harrington)
Calgary Bay (M Channon)
Call The Police (W Mullins)
Cappa Bleu (E Williams)
Chicago Grey (G Elliott)
Cloudy Lane (D McCain)
Colbert Station (T Walsh)
Cross Appeal (N Meade)
Fabalu (D McCain)
Forpadydeplasterer (T Cooper)
Frisco Depot (C Longsdon)
Gullible Gordon (P Bowen)
Harry The Viking (P Nicholls)
Imperial Commander (N Twiston-Davies)
Jessies Dream (G Elliott)
Join Together (P Nicholls)
Joncol (P Nolan)
Katenko (V Williams)
Lambro (W Mullins)
Lion Na Bearnai (T Gibney)
Little Josh (N Twiston-Davies)
Lost Glory (J O'Neill)
Magnanimity (D Hughes)
Major Malarkey (N Twiston-Davies)
Matuhi (D Pipe)
Midnight Chase (N Mulholland)
Mister Hyde (J O'Neill)
Mortimers Cross (J Needham)
Mr Moonshine (Mrs S Smith)
Mumbles Head (P Bowen)
Ninetieth Minute (T Taaffe)
Odysseas (Y Porzier)
On His Own (W Mullins)
Organisedconfusion (A Moore)
Oscar Time (M Lynch)
Outlaw Pete (J Halley)
Pandorama (N Meade)
Pearlysteps (H Daly)
Pentiffic (Miss V Williams)
Planet of Sound (P Hobbs)
Poker De Sivola (F Murphy)
Prince De Beauchene (W Mullins)
Problema Tic (D Pipe)
Quel Esprit (W Mullins)
Quinz (P Hobbs)
Quiscover Fontaine (W Mullins)
Quito De La Roque (C Murphy)
Rare Bob (D Hughes)
Roberto Goldback (N Henderson)
Roi Du Mee (G Elliott)
Romanesco (G Elliott)
 Saint Are (T Vaughan
Seabass (T Walsh)
Shakervilz (W Mullins)
Soll (J Hughes)
Summery Justice (V Williams)
Sunnyhillboy (J O'Neill)
Swing Bill (D Pipe)
Tarquinius (G Elliott)
Tartak (T Vaughan)
Tatenen (R Rowe)
Teaforthree (Miss R Curtis)
The Package (D Pipe)
The Rainbow Hunter (K Bailey
Tidal Bay (P Nicholls)
Tofino Bay (D Hughes)
Treacle (T Taaffe)
Viking Blond (N Twiston-Davies)
Weird Al (D McCain)
What A Friend (P Nicholls)
Wyck Hill (D Bridgwater)


Thursday, 17 January 2013


A RECORD number of entries for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle has been received - a possible link between the departure of Big Buck's this season.

With a total of 61 entries, the field has been left wide open this year as the Paul Nicholls' wonder will not be taking part in the Cheltenham Festival race after sustaining an injury.

Four-time champion Big Buck's has, and always will be, a superstar to watch. But now after his shock departure from the season, I think other trainers have jumped in for a possibility of success.

At least now they know they'll be in for a chance!

Tidal Bay leads the way for Nicholls and is one of a team of six for the Ditcheat trainer - Wonderful Charm and Kauto Stone are also included.

If a Nicholls' horse does win, it will be the fifth consecutive World Hurdle for the yard.

However, I am a fan of Oscar Whisky - I have seen him around the Cheltenham track many times and have always admired watching him. He is definitely a class act and Nicky Henderson may be on to a winner with his entry.

Oscar Whisky is one of seven entries for Henderson and he has raced very well this season.

He always seems to have buzz about him and compared to other Henderson/Nicholls greats, Oscar Whisky, I think, is a dark horse (excuse the pun!)

It is a shame Big Buck's cannot take part but I still believe the World Hurdle will be fantastic to watch at the Festival.

Having a different winner will not hide Big Buck's achievements, but now the contest has opened up I think it will be refreshing to see another champion pass the post.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013


FORTY entries for the Cheltenham Gold Cup were revealed today (Wednesday) with Bobs Worth leading the pack as the favourite.
The horse, who is 3-1 with the sponsors of the 3m 3 ½f race, is one of many that is shaping the 2013 festival as a showpiece to watch on March 15.
Competition is building up and other horses including Long Run, Finian’s Rainbow, Tidal Bay and Kauto Stone were also among the 40 going for gold.
Stablemate Long Run is one of five entries for trainer Nicky Henderson – Finian’s Rainbow, Riverside Theatre and Roberto Goldback also make up the team.
Kauto Star may have said a sad farewell to racing, but trainer Paul Nicholls still has strong horses in the mix.
I think Tidal Bay is the one to watch from Nicholls’ team – his performance in the Lexus Chase was very good and impressed punters across the UK.
Ruby Walsh constantly pushed the 11-year-old until the end of the chase and he proved, along with Kauto Star, that being an older racehorse is not a disadvantage.
Entries from Nicholls’ yard also include Silviniaco Conti, Kauto Stone and What A Friend.
Is Bobs Worth a worthy favourite for the contest or can another entry go for gold on March 15?