Haggas eyeing Three-Year-Old Good Friday prizes with Second Thought and Rivet

April 10th, 2017 News

Trainer William Haggas could be represented in the two feature three-year-old races on Good Friday, April 14, with Second Thought heading to Lingfield Park for the £150,000 32Red Three-Year-Old All-Weather Championships (4.10pm) and Rivet among 16 entries for Newcastle’s £100,000 32Red Burradon Conditions Race (3.55pm).

Second Thought, owned by Liam Sheridan, has been the standout three-year-old on the All-Weather this winter thanks to three successive victories.

After winning a maiden on Tapeta at Wolverhampton in December, the Kodiac colt beat Sutter County (Mark Johnston) a neck in a six-furlong Fast-Track Qualifier on Polytrack at Kempton Park in January before a convincing success over the same rival in the Listed 32Red Spring Cup over seven furlongs on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on March 4. 

Haggas said today: “Second Thought is in good shape. He is improving and looks ready for this. 

“He has obviously got a chance on Friday. I guess my concern is that he might be better over further than six furlongs, but he does have a bit of quality and a turn of foot which always helps.

“He is one to look forward to on the turf as well.” 

The 11 entries for the 32Red Three-Year-Old All-Weather Championships also include Godolphin filly Dubai One (Saeed bin Suroor), who has been successful on her last three starts including a Fast-Track Qualifier at Wolverhampton in December, course and distance scorer Tomily (Richard Hannon) and recent Dundalk Fast-Track Qualifier scorer Visionary (Robert Cowell).

Among the other contenders are Newcastle winner Wick Powell (David Barron) and French challenger Carlton Choice (Louis Baudron), who is on a hat-trick following wins at Deauville and Maisons-Laffitte

Group One winner Rivet, one of the best two-year-olds in Europe last year, could return in the mile 32Red Burradon Conditions Race at Newcastle on Tapeta.  

The son of Fastnet Rock, who runs in the colours of The Starship Partnership which includes Haggas’ father-in-law Lester Piggott, has not raced since a commanding front-running victory in the G1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster in October.

He also captured the G2 At The Races Champagne Stakes at Doncaster in September, with his only disappointing effort coming when fifth behind Churchill in the G1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. 

Haggas said: “Rivet looks great. I don’t know if he will run at Newcastle. I will make a decision tomorrow morning as I need to speak to some of the owners.

“If he doesn’t run there, he will go to Newmarket for the Craven Stakes.” 

Rivet has yet to race on an All-Weather surface, though his sire has been responsible for 13 wins during the 2016/2017 All-Weather Championships.

Entries for the Burradon Conditions Race, the feature race on the £250,000 Newcastle card, also feature the unbeaten Syphax (Kevin Ryan), last seen out landing the G3 Acomb Stakes at York before being sold to Godolphin, plus G3 Solario Stakes victor South Seas (Andrew Balding). 

Listed scorers Montataire (Mark Johnston) and Law And Order (James Tate) are also engaged alongside exciting maiden winners Leshlaa, Dubai Horizon (both Saeed bin Suroor) and Utmost (John Gosden).