Atzeni Aims To Join Legends Of Doncaster
Andrea Atzeni is hoping to join an illustrious list of jockeys and win the Vertem Futurity Trophy (formerly the Racing Post Trophy) for a fifth time this Saturday at Doncaster Racecourse.
The Newmarket-based jockey, 27, has won the prestigious race four times including four consecutive wins between 2013 and 2016, aboard horses Kingston Hill, Elm Park, Marcel and Rivet.
Atzeni’s first Vertem Futurity Trophy winner was Kingston Hill who was unbeaten as a two-year-old and went on to win the William Hill St Leger the following season. Here he is winning the 2013 renewal with consummate ease.
A win this year will see Atzeni join legendary jockeys Lester Piggott and Pat Eddery in winning the race five times and become the only current active jockey to reach the mark.
Lester Piggott holds so many records across so many of the most prestigious races in Britain and Vertem Futurity Trophy is no different. In 1984, Lester became the first jockey to have five victories in the race, the winning horse was Lanfranco trained by the late Sir Henry Cecil.
Lester Piggott’s great rival Pat Eddery equaled Lester’s record just two years later with one of the greatest ever winners of the race Reference Point, another trained by the great Sir Henry Cecil. Reference Point’s victory was so impressive that he became the highest rated European two-year-old in 1986.
Eddery and Reference Point went onto win the Derby, the King George and the St Leger, and quite rightly put their names into the history books.
Atzeni is expected to be riding on Raakib Alhawa in the Vertem Futurity Trophy this year, and the horse is currently priced at 16/1 for the race. Atzeni is confident he can prove value for money once again after experiencing victory with Raakib Alhawa last month in the horse’s first start at Newbury, when priced at 25/1.