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Sire Updates For Curved Ball And Flying The Flag

Fastnet Rock, the sire of Curved Ball, captured another Gr1 win in the UK when Rivet (out of a Galileo mare Starship) won the Gr1 Racing Post Trophy. The juvenile colt is bred by South African Des Scott, whilst down under The United States - bred on the same cross as Flying The Flag by Galileo out of a Pivotal mare, won the Gr2 Crystal Mile after his facile victory in the Gr1 Ranvet Stakes.

A fabulous 2016 in Europe for Fastnet Rock continued at Doncaster on Saturday when Rivet was an impressive winner of the Gr1 Racing Post Trophy.

The winner of the G2 Champagne Stakes at the same track in September, he looked to have progressed since that victory as he ran out a decisive winner of Britain’s final Gr1 of the year. It was a 1-2-3 for Coolmore sires with Yucatan (2c Galileo-Six Perfections, by Celtic Swing) in second and Salouen (2c Canford Cliffs-Gali Gal, by Galileo) coming third.

Atzeni was winning the Racing Post Trophy for a fourth consecutive year and added:  “He really wanted it today. He gave me a great feel and two out I thought it would take a good one to get by him.

"Mr Haggas said to let him enjoy himself. The horse is very genuine and stays well. He probably didn’t like the ground but obviously goes on it. He’s a lovely horse who will definitely go on next year. He’s still unfurnished and will be better next year."

The United States (7h Galileo x Beauty is Truth, by Pivotal) was a Gr3 winner back in Ireland, but has soared to new heights in Australia winning the Gr2 MVRC Moonee Valley Cup last spring and the Gr1 ATC Ranvet Stakes back in March.

Trained by Robert Hickmott for Nick and Lloyd Williams and partners, The United States hit top form again at Moonee Valley on Saturday when taking out the Gr2 MVRC Crystal Mile over 1600 metres.

A warm favourite, the handsome chestnut son of champion sire Galileo had too much class in winning by a length under a skilled ride from Kerrin McEvoy.

"He’s a big strong horse and I was able to push him out, get clear, and it was just a matter of getting him mobile." said McEvoy.

The United States defeated subsequent Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance in the Moonee Valley Cup on the corresponding day last year.

Part-owner Nick Williams said The United States had a slight setback before the Turnbull Stakes, which forced the stable to revise Cox Plate or Melbourne Cup plans for the son of Galileo. Williams said the stallion would now head to the GrI Emirates Stakes (1600m) on the final day of Flemington’s four-day carnival.

With seven wins and five placings from just 19 starts and $1.7 million in prizemoney, The United States has been raced sparingly and undoubtedly has more wins to come.

The United States is a full brother to this year’s Gr1 placed two year-old filly Hydrangea and is a half-brother to Gr2 winner Fire Lily from Gr2 winner Beauty is Truth. Flying The Flag's full sister, Rhodendron, has defeated Hydrangea twice in the Gr1 Fillies Mile and Gr2 Debutante Stakes.

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