Good Friday option for Guineas candidate Rivet
Rivet: a best-priced 16-1 for the 2,000 Guineas in May
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Good Friday option for Guineas candidate Rivet
By Lee Mottershead 8:55AM 9 MAR 2017
RIVET, Britain's best chance of winning the Qipco 2,000 Guineas according to bookmakers, could embark on his Classic campaign in the £100,000 contest created to headline Newcastle's new Good Friday card.
The Racing Post Trophy winner, a best-priced 16-1 for the Guineas and no bigger than 20-1 for the Investec Derby, is being considered by trainer William Haggas for the inaugural running of the 32Red Casino Conditions Stakes over 1m on April 14.
Haggas said: "I would like to have a prep with him, either in the Greenham – although I'm loathe to go back to seven furlongs – or possibly the new race at Newcastle on Good Friday.
"It's obviously a contest designed to attract him and other Group 1 winners, as he would be unpenalised, while the track and trip would suit.
"Winning it wouldn't do anything for his future value, but it would be an opportunity to get a start into him before a bigger race, so it's very much on my radar."
Haggas added that Afjaan, a 16-1 shot for the Betway Lincoln with the sponsors, will instead be targeted for the Totepool Victoria Cup at Ascot, while Victory Bond, quoted at 14-1 for the Doncaster feature, is unlikely to be ready to run in the race.