Fact finding mission for Rivet in Newmarket Craven Stakes

Marcus Armytage
A run out at Newmarket tomorrow will give a better indication of where Rivet is - Getty Images Sport

Rivet, the Racing Post Trophy winner, has entries in the 2000 Guineas, the Dante, Irish Guineas and Derby but his trainer William Haggas will know whether a return to Newmarket next month is feasible after tomorrow's bet365 Craven Stakes, Newmarket’s major dress rehearsal for the first Classic.

Last season the only disappointing race Rivet ran was in the Dewhurst when he was beaten three and a half lengths into fifth by Churchill. There was a suggestion that it he did not handle the undulations but Haggas’s instinct tells him that may not necessarily be the case.

You generally need something battle hardened in Group races to win the Craven so Rivet certainly fits that bill. Benbatl was impressive at Doncaster on his only start 18 days ago and Eminent is a course and distance winner but both lack experience and the two biggest dangers appear to be War Decree and Larchmont Lad.

Aidan O’Brien has mixed success with his War Fronts on Wednesday – Whitecliffsofdover won the Free Handicap but Brave Anna and Roly Poly were unplaced in the Nell Gwyn – and War Decree did not run again after Goodwood. Larchmont Lad beat Whitecliffsofdover in a Group Three here in September so likes the course and looks the biggest danger to Rivet.   

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