Doncaster ace Atzeni in fourth Racing post triumph

Andrea Atzeni celebrates after riding Rivet to win the Racing Post Trophy  at Doncaster. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
Andrea Atzeni celebrates after riding Rivet to win the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
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Andrea Atzeni continued his remarkable recent dominance of the Racing Post Trophy as Rivet entered the Classic picture with a commanding Doncaster display.

The Italian jockey had won the last three renewals of the season’s final domestic Group One aboard Kingston Hill, Elm Park and Marcel.

And having claimed the Champagne Stakes at the track last month, Rivet returned to South Yorkshire with solid claims.

The William Haggas-trained juvenile had looked an exciting prospect at the St Leger meeting and while he failed to run up to expectations in the Dewhurst at Newmarket a fortnight ago, hopes were high he would be seen in a better light back on this more conventional track.

Atzeni kept things simple aboard the 11-4 chance, allowing him to stride on at the head of affairs from the off.

Yucatan, the 11-8 favourite to provide Aidan O’Brien with his eighth Racing Post Trophy, was under pressure some way from home and while he did respond, Rivet was good value for the winning margin of a length and three-quarters.

The trainer’s wife and assistant, Maureen Haggas, said: “It didn’t go right for him last time as he was a bit keen and we were in behind.

“William said if there wasn’t the pace we wanted to do our own thing - Andrea did it brilliantly.”

The winner is owned by legendary former jockey Lester Piggott - Maureen Haggas’ father - in partnership with John Magnier and Michael Tabor.

“He’s got the right way about him. All the horses we’ve had out of the mare (Starship) have had very good minds and he’s the same, very laid-back,” Haggas added.

“He never overdoes it at home so you can run them. He’s taking his racing well, looks well and the ground wasn’t bottomless.

“You have to take these opportunities when they present themselves.”

Rivet was cut to 16-1 from 25s for next year’s 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, but Haggas had a warning for ante-post punters.

She said: “I think we’ll start off at a mile next year but he didn’t enjoy Newmarket much.

“It will be up to William and the owners, so we could avoid Newmarket and look at France or Ireland.

“He’s won a Group One and a Group Two. My father bred him with Mr Magnier so it’s very special.”

Rosie Briar tenaciously stuck to her guns to cause an upset in the Scott Dobson 30th Birthday Memorial Doncaster Stakes.

Andrew Balding’s filly was a 20-1 shot following a maiden success at Haydock last month, but handled the step up to Listed class with a half-length success under talented apprentice Rob Hornby.

“That was very good and it was very nice of Andrew and the owners to leave my on her, as I couldn’t use my claim with it being a Listed race,” said Hornby.

“We’ve always liked her at home and although there’s not a lot of her, she tries her heart out.”

Soie D’Leau (14-1) provided trainer Kristin Stubbs with the most lucrative success of her career after a narrow verdict in the Top Price Templegate Tips Handicap under Tony Hamilton.

Stubbs said: “Dubai is tempting, but he has had a long year, so we’ll see.”

To Be Wild (6-1) looked a seriously exciting prospect when proving much too good for his rivals in the Bet Through The Racing Post App Handicap for Hugo Palmer and Josephine Gordon.

“I didn’t really know what to expect,” said the champion apprentice.

“He has a few quirks, but he’d been working so well at home.

“Next year he should be better again.”