Alan found a winner at Doncaster yesterday and returns with two more selections from Town Moor today...
"At the prices I would rather take my chances with an each way bet on the William Haggis trained winner of the Champagne Stakes"
Its the final Group 1 of the flat season and if things go according to the betting market it will (like everything else this season) go to the Aiden O'Brien-trained, Galileo-bred Yucatan but at the prices I would rather take my chances with an each way bet on William Haggis' Champagne Stakes winner,Rivet.
Yucatan is the short priced favourite for this showpiece event after Capri was taken out of the betting earlier in the week and he is a more than worthy substitute. But Rivet could just cause an upset and at the prices finishing in the frame wouldn't do any damage. Part owned by Lester Piggott's daughter, Maureen (who happens to be the trainer's wife) and ridden by Andrea Atzeni, who certainly knows what it takes to land this race, having won it for the last three years.
After winning the Champagne Stakes here, he failed to deliver on that promise in the Dewhurst at Newmarket but stepping up to a mile for the first time today won't hurt his chances.
Richard Fahey has won two of the last three renewals of this race and his unbeaten colt Andok could improve that statistic. He impressed with an easy maiden victory at Redcar in the summer and followed that up with a course and distance win last month. Both the second and the third that day have come out and won since, franking the form, with the third Mutawatheb winning a Class 3 handicap here yesterday over a mile.
He will need to improve again to capture the hat-trick following a 5lb hike in the weights for his last win but there still seems to be plenty in the tank and I think he is a worthy favourite.
Back Rivet Each Way @ 11/2 in the 15:50 Doncaster
Alan Thompson 2016 P&L
2016 Overall (prior to this week): +10.93 pts
This week so far...
Staked: 2 pts
Returned: 4 pts