Riveting G2 success for Fastnet 2yo

Rivet (Fastnet Rock) winning the Champagne Stakes (Gr.2) at Doncaster

Rivet (2c Fastnet Rock-Starship, by Galileo) produced another performance full of promise when winning the G2 Champagne Stakes over seven furlongs at Doncaster on Saturday for Fastnet Rock

The 7/4 favourite battled hard to get past the leader, and runner-up, Thunder Snow as the field quickened and the front two pulled well clear of the third, D’Bai, in the final furlong.

“He is lovely-looking horse and a good mover – he is a nice horse,” said trainer William Haggas. “I would definitely like to run him again this season but, whether that is over seven furlongs or a mile, I don’t know. He’s in every smart race that I could find, so we will take it from there.

“I’m thrilled to bits but I need to see it again to assess it. They pulled clear of the third in a slowly-run race, which is a good sign. Andrea (Atzeni) said he would get a mile and now probably wants it.

“The G1 Racing Post Trophy back here is a possibility. All the jockeys who have ridden him so far like him so hopefully they can’t all be wrong.

“His owners, the Starship Partnership, are an eclectic mix. Des Scott, a 87-year-old South African, is marvellous. He’s had horses for 60 years, most in South Africa. There’s also a certain L K Piggott (Lester), who bred Rivet’s dam, Starship and also Messrs Tabor and Magnier.”

Winning rider Andrea Atzeni added: ”Rivet knuckled down well. He is tough and very genuine. He is probably still learning a little bit. He got the job done in the end and I would say he is a horse who will get better with time. He is a very good looking horse who can only get better with age.”

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