Rivet ready to roll at Chantilly
Lester Piggott only managed to win the Prix du Jockey Club once during his long and illustrious career but as part-owner of Rivet he has an overdue chance to add to that tally at Chantilly on Sunday.
Piggott steered Hard To Beat to French Derby glory in 1972 and now Rivet, trained by his son-in-law William Haggas, will attempt to improve upon his third-place finish in the French Guineas.
It will be his first run over 10 furlongs, but there is plenty of confidence that he will stay the distance.
Maureen Haggas, assistant trainer and Piggott's daughter, said: "We are very pleased with him and he looks great.
"The way he won the Racing Post Trophy, Andrea (Atzeni) never pulled him up until the back straight and there is also stamina on the dam's side. There is stamina there, it is just a question now whether he is better over a mile and a quarter or a mile – we will find out on Sunday.
"He has been a great horse, and being a home-bred it would be great for my father if he could win.
"He is a thoroughly nice, straightforward horse."
Lope De Vega was the last horse to win the French 2000 Guineas and the French Derby, but Brametot is a strong favourite to emulate him.
He gave trainer Jean-Claude Rouget a big boost last month when winning the Guineas at Deauville but he needed every inch of a mile to get on top close home.
"Jean-Claude decided on the Jockey Club over Royal Ascot," said Sylvain Vidal, racing manager for part-owner Gerard Augustin-Normand.
"His thinking was the horse is in perfect form now, he's ready to run, so why wait two weeks for Ascot?
"On pedigree, Brametot should have no problem staying, but also his jockey, Cristian Demuro, says he has no doubts at all about him staying.
"It's all very exciting. He's got a chance of winning the Guineas and the Derby and not many do that.
"We'd like to think he should be able to confirm the form with those that were behind him in the Guineas but he's also got a lot of speed, which is his weapon.
"I think he'll find 10 furlongs suits him better.
"He is in very good form, Jean-Claude's horses are now in great health and we can't wait."
Charlie Appleby is responsible for Bay Of Poets and D'Bai, with Aidan O'Brien set to run War Decree, Orderofthegarter and Taj Mahal.
Andre Fabre is also triple-handed with Waldgeist, Soleil Marin and Plumatic, while Recoletos and Be My Sheriff complete the 12-strong line-up.
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