A right Rivet-ing read!
Channel 4 commentator Simon Holt is keen on the chances of Rivet in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster on Saturday.
Rivet (nearside) can land the Racing :Post Trophy at Doncaster
RIVET, winner of the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster in September, can make a successful return to Town Moor in Saturday's Group One Racing Post Trophy.
After finishing fifth behind Churchill in the Dewhurst Stakes (7f) just a fortnight ago, it is interesting that trainer William Haggas has chosen to turn his well-regarded colt out again, and the step up to a mile should suit him.
Equally, the flatter course here could prove better for Rivet compared to the undulations on the Rowley Mile where, after being switched for a run, he ended up on possibly the slowest part of the track before finishing fifth of the seven runners in what looked a typically hot renewal of Britain's premier two-year-old race.
There is nowhere near the same strength in depth here and the selection, aboard whom jockey Andrea Atzeni bids for a fourth consecutive win in this race, is rated 2lb superior on official ratings to the likely odds-on favourite Yucatan, yet is available at around 5-1.
Yucatan's claims are based on his good progress in three starts this season culminating in a narrow defeat by stable-mate Capri in the Group Two Beresford Stakes at The Curragh last month.
The way Aidan O'Brien's horses are running, it may seem like madness to oppose this beautifully bred son of Galileo (our of the high class Six Perfections) but this is his first foray into Group One company, and his price collapsed earlier in the week when it was announced that Capri would miss this race and that Ryan Moore would take the mount.
In my opinion, Rivet has achieved slightly more so far.
Sir Dancealot is third in the betting but needs to prove his stamina after two victories on Kempton's all-weather course over seven furlongs and a recent victory over six at York.
David Elsworth's colt has plenty of talent but his pedigree doesn't shout out stamina, and he is closely matched with Prix Jean Luc Lagardere runner-up Salouen on a line through O'Brien's Whitecliffsofdover.
As is often the case at this time of year, the fields are big across the Flat cards and the racing at both Doncaster and Newbury is hugely competitive.
For a second selection, I will take MAKZEEM to prove ahead of the handicapper in the opening sunbets.co.uk Download The App Handicap at Doncaster.
Closely related to the top class Al Kazeem, this son of Makfi looks a progressive sort but hasn't raced since easily landing the odds in a maiden at Windsor in July.
The fact he hasn't been roughed off for the season suggests all is well enough with him, and Roger Charlton's charge could be well weighted on earlier defeats by Autocratic and Frontiersman at Sandown and Newbury respectively.
Those two horses are both rated over 100 now whereas Makzeem runs off a mark of just 87 here and Kieran Shoemark takes off an additional 3lb.
Posted at 1155 BST on 21/10/16.
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