Four in a row: Andrea Atzeni celebrates his Racing Post trophy win
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By David Baxter 3:56PM 22 OCT 2016
Report: Doncaster, Saturday
Racing Post Trophy (Group 1) 1m, 2yo colts and fillies
IF YOU want to win the Racing Post Trophy, just book Andrea Atzeni. For the fourth year running Atzeni was aboard the winner as Rivet made every yard to take victory for William Haggas.
Beaten in Group 1 company last time out in the Dewhurst, Rivet appreciated the extra furlong at Doncaster and did things the hard way, repelling a host of challengers, with favourite Yucatan runner-up.
Atzeni said: “The further he went the better he was and he hit the line strong. He’s definitely going the right way and will be a stronger horse next year.
“It is my lucky track and I’ve ridden a lot of nice horses here. I’ve been very lucky, I ride some good horses for good trainers.”
Atzeni also made a slice of racing history by winning the race, becoming the first jockey to win a British Group 1 four times in a row.
The money through the week had been for Aidan O’Brien’s runners – first Capri, who was not declared, and then Yucatan.
But there was a nice touch landed on the day on Rivet, who had been available at 11-2 the night before but returned the 11-4 second-favourite.
The final Group 1 of the season in Britain and Ireland, the Racing Post Trophy has a rich history of quality winners that go on to achieve Classic glory, and Rivet shaped as though he could make an impact in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas.
Rivet (left) was too good for Yucatan (right), who finished second
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Bookmakers trimmed the colt to around 16-1 for the Guineas (from 20).
Maureen Haggas, wife of trainer William, said: “The Guineas is an obvious target but we will wait and see how he comes through the winter, what the weather is like and all that sort of thing and Dad will talk it over with John and Michael before anything is decided.
“He clearly stays the mile well, and as he is out of a Galileo mare he’ll probably stay a mile and quarter but you can’t tell from his work at home how far he will stay.”
O’Brien has to settle for second again
Aidan O’Brien has not suffered many Group 1 reverses this season, winning 21 in total, but he was unable to inch closer to Bobby Frankel’s record of 25 in a year as favourite Yucatan finished runner-up.
Having last won the race in 2012 with Kingsbarns, O’Brien has now been second four times in a row. Despite that he was not disappointed with Beresford Stakes runner-up Yucatan.
Ryan Moore had to get after the son of Galileo with three furlongs to run, but he possesses plenty of stamina and may be more of a Derby prospect given how he kept chasing the winner.
O’Brien said: “Yucatan ran very well, I am very happy with him. It was only his fourth start and you have to be happy, the winner looks a very nice horse. He ran all the way to the line.
“We are delighted with him and he will be a lovely middle-distance horse for next year. That is what we always thought he would be.”
Salouen had given Sylvester Kirk a fine performance on Arc day at Chantilly earlier in the month when runner-up in the Prix Jean Luc Lagardere and he backed that up with another solid effort in third.
Kirk said: “Salouen ran a stormer, I thought he was going to be fifth or sixth and he made up a lot of ground in the last half furlong on ground he didn’t like. It was a really good run and it bodes well for the future.”