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Ian Heit­man with his fi­nal as­sess­ment of the 2016 crop

The fi­nal few weeks of the turf might not have counted to­wards the trainer and jockey ti­tles but there was still plenty of good qual­ity rac­ing with the fi­nal do­mes­tic Group One race of the sea­son, the Rac­ing Post Tro­phy at Don­caster on Oc­to­ber 22nd the most im­por­tant race.

With Ai­dan O’Brien in search of an­other Group One vic­tory to edge closer to Bobby Frankel’s record of 25 in a year, he sent three over from his Bal­ly­doyle base with­YUCATAN head­ing the team and the mount of Ryan Moore. He was sent off the 11/8 favourite with RIVET best of the home chal­lengers at 11/4 for William Hag­gas and An­drea Atzeni, with David Elsworth’s im­pres­sive York scorer SIR DANCEALOT third choice in the bet­ting at 6/1.

Yu­catan’s sta­ble com­pan­ion, THE ANVIL, set the pace against the stands rail with Rivet rac­ing promi­nently to­gether with maiden win­ners CONTROPPOSTO and RAHEEN HOUSE. Yu­catan raced in touch in mid­field but Moore had to push him along with three and a half fur­longs to go to get closer to the pace. Rivet, who trav­elled a lot bet­ter here than he had done at New­mar­ket, took the lead with two and a half fur­longs to go and had all of his ri­vals off the bri­dle with the ex­cep­tion of Sir Dancealot who made up ground on the out­side go­ing eas­ily for newly crowned cham­pion jockey Jim Crow­ley and it looked as he would be Rivet’s big­gest dan­ger with a fur­long and a half left to go but his stamina gave way (up from six fur­longs to a mile here) and he faded to be sixth. Yu­catan found his stride and picked up well un­der a strong Moore ride but he had no an­swer to Rivet who stayed on strongly in­side the last fur­long and won by a length and three quar­ters from Yu­catan with SALOUEN get­ting placed in Group One com­pany for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive race and Raheen House run­ning well in fourth.

Yu­catan didn’t quite have the pace here to win and will no doubt be seen to bet­ter ef­fect in 2017 over a mile and a quar­ter with the French Derby his best chance of gain­ing a clas­sic win.

Rivet pro­vided his trainer William Hag­gas with a first Rac­ing Post Tro­phy suc­cess, how­ever it was An­drea Atzeni’s fourth suc­ces­sive win in the race (only had four rides in the race) and took his

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