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By Simon Jackson at Ascot
Saturday, July 21, 2012
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Jockey William Buick believes that Nathaniel is better than he was last year, ahead of his bid to win back to back King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.
Nathaniel caused an upset of sorts last season when he won Ascot’s July showpiece by two and three quarter lengths from Derby and Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe winner Workforce.
The John Gosden trained son of Galileo was last seen when prevailing in the Coral-Eclipse earlier this month where he showed plenty of character as he knuckled down to hold off Farhh by half a length.
“It’s a very good King George this year,” Buick said. “St Nicholas Abbey is a better horse than he was last year. You’ve got Sea Moon, Dunaden. They are all there.
“Nathaniel’s a late-maturing horse - mentally and physically - and that was always going to be the case.
“We always felt that whatever he did last year, he was going to do better this year.
“It all points towards that now. As the season progresses, I think he will get better.”
Gosden said: “It’s only a two-week gap and I can’t emphasise how tough that is for a horse. He had a hard race at Sandown but he has eaten well, he looks well and has been scoping great and you need to have a go at these top races.”