Rivet made of strong stuff

Rivet confirmed the promise of his York maiden success when grinding out victory in the Group Two At The Races Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.

Rivet, ridden by Andrea Atzeni, wins the At The Races Champagne Stakes from Thunder Snow.

Andrea Atzeni had to work relatively hard on the William Haggas-trained youngster but the 7/4 favourite looked like he was always holding Thunder Snow in the closing stages.

Thunder Snow had a good position on the rail from the outset with Majeste on his outside and Rivet on his heels, as the leaders only went a steady pace.

Atzeni took Rivet to the outside to make his challenge and it was all about the first two from some way out, with Rivet eventually getting on top to gain a narrow verdict.

Atzeni said: "It was hard to pull him up. He's still learning as well.

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"He's a big horse and can only get better – it was only hands and heels last time and he had to work a bit harder today."

Haggas admitted to feeling a little deflated by the manner of Rivet's success and said: "He looks like he wants further to me, he was a bit laboured and took a long time to get past, but it was only his third run. He won and that's all that matters really. He's a lovely looking horse and a good mover.

"It looked like a mile would be well within his capabilities.

"He's in everything, we'll see. He'll definitely run again, but over a seven or a mile, I don't know."

After debriefing with the successful jockey, Haggas went on: "He's started to pull clear off a slow pace and Andrea said he'd get a mile but felt the ground might have been a bit loose for him.

"He's a good moving horse and his family love top of the ground.

"He's a beautiful mover, laid back and has a lovely temperament. I've always liked him and so do Ryan (Moore) and Frankie (Dettori) who have ridden him.

"He's owned by an eclectic bunch – an 87-year-old South African, Des Scott, a little breeder called LK (Lester) Piggott and Mr and Mrs Tabor, but they all leave it to us."

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