A field of 10 are declared to fight out Saturday’s Group 1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster, the £200,000 end of season highlight which you’ll see live with us on Channel 4 (3.50pm).
The highlight of a 10-race live bonanza which also features action over the sticks from Cheltenham’s Showcase meeting, the Donny highlight has gone to some special horses in recent years, the likes of Authorized, St Nicholas Abbey, Camelot and Kingston Hill.
The market for this race was turned on its head earlier this week, with a surge of support for current favourite Yucatan, who usurped his Aidan O’Brien-trained stablemate Capri as short-priced favourite, before the latter failed to feature in the final line-up.
O’Brien has won this race seven times down the years, initially gaining his first British Group 1 with Saratoga Springs in 1997, and most recently with Kingsbarns in 2012, and as well as Yucatan he also runs outsiders Finn McCool and The Anvil.
However, it’s not just O’Brien who has been prolific in this race, or on this course…
The last three seasons he’s had to settle for second best, thwarted by a jockey who seems to save his best for Town Moor.
Step forward dual St Leger winner, Andrea Atzeni, the man who piloted no less than eight winners at the track’s big September Festival.
Courtesy of Kingston Hill, Elm Park and most recently 33/1 shot Marcel, Atzeni has ridden the last three winners of the Racing Post Trophy, and in Rivet he has an excellent chance to extend the sequence this time around.
Rivet’s trainer, William Haggas, has enjoyed a bountiful season by anyone’s standards, firing in winners left, right and centre, and he’ll be looking forward to trying to bag this prize with a horse who is a recent Group 2 winner at this track, having taken the Champagne Stakes last month.
The Rowley Mile didn’t seem to suit him in the Dewhurst last time out, but Rivet gained valuable Group 1 experience at Newmarket, and don’t forget it’s still early days for a horse who has only had four starts.
The form of the Haggas stable, combined with the rich promise of Rivet as he steps up in trip, and the unerring accuracy of Atzeni when it comes to this race, all mean the Fastnet Rock colt has to get the vote – Rivet is available at 11/2 with either Coral or Skybet.
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