Racing Post Trophy To Be A Riveting Race
The Racing Post Trophy has attracted plenty of attention this week as Capri went from being the odds on favourite to not running and instead stable companion Yucatan is now the warm market leader for Aidan O’Brien.
Yucatan ran a fine race when second in the Beresford Stakes at the Curragh behind Capri and judging by the market move and then the final declarations when Capri didn’t appear, there was obviously something that happened at Ballydoyle this week which the lads liked about Yucatan and thus, he became the stable’s main representative.
It’s the final domestic Group 1 of the season and it wouldn’t be a massive surprise if Yucatan was to claim yet another top level victory for Aidan O’Brien…
but Rivet is the each-way selection.
Fancied to run a big race in the Dewhurst, Rivet couldn’t land a blow behind Churchill but he won’t be the only horse that is said about this term.
This year’s Dewhurst could well turn out to be quite a good renewal in time and if Rivet can settle a bit better he may well to go very close to causing an upset but he’s certainly an each-way bet to nothing at 4/1.
The home of Irish jump racing stages a couple of cracking beginners chases and there’s sure to be some real good clues from both. Identity Thief is the star attraction in the two-miler and there’ll surely be fresh quotes for the Arkle at Cheltenham flying around for him if he is to make a winning start over the bigger obstacles.
Only nine are declared for the 2m4f beginners but it’s a fascinating race. Disko has always been held in very high regard by Noel Meade and it’ll be interesting to see how he fares on his chasing bow but Gerdago is no mug and kept some very good company before missing quite a bit of time and if fit and well it will be interesting to see how he gets on for Ken Condon.
The biggest threat to the favourite though could be Three Wise Men for in form Henry de Bromhead. The six-year-old won a maiden hurdle at big odds last March and has ran in two novice events since but has always looked a horse crying out for a fence and if there is any flaw in the favourite…
Three Wise Men could be there to pick up the pieces.
I thought the Martin Brassil-trained Rolling Revenge could win again at the Kildare track. Given a 9lb hike by the handicapper for winning here earlier in the month, Rolling Revenge may still be good enough to exploit that rise with the track clearly playing to his strengths and…
at around 10/1 he looks like some value.
Rivet (4/1 ew) – 3.50 Doncaster
Three Wise Men (7/2) – 4.10 Punchestown
Rolling Revenge (10/1) – 3.05 Punchestown
*Prices correct at time of publication.