Nathaniel, which received 7-2 betting odds, emerged victorious in the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on Saturday. It marked a double victory for co-owner Lady Rothschild. Nathaniel’s sister, Great Heavens, got first in the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock earlier in the afternoon.
At Sandown, John Gosden’s flat horse prevailed by half a length over Farhh (mounted by Frankie Dettori). On Saturday, Nathaniel earned his second Group 1 victory. The Galileo colt won the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes as a three-year-old last year. In the Ascot race, Nathaniel was quoted by bookmakers with odds of 5-2.
Jockey William Buick managed to get Nathaniel to repel the challenge of Farhh (11-4 betting odds). "I have to say that was a fantastic training performance from John Gosden,” Buick told reporters afterwards. “To get the horse here in the shape he was in, all credit to John.
Twice Over, which won Coral-Eclipse in 2010, came in third. Monterosso, which had his first start since winning the Dubai World Cup, also gave Nathaniel a run but began to struggle off during the final stretch.
“He's a super horse, but it has been very difficult to get him right as he has had a respiratory problem,” said Gosden. “He's put in a massive effort here, so we will just have to have a good think about whether we run again.”