Rivage Flies At Debut
Jun 03, 2018
A horse who does everything wrong at debut and still wins by three lengths? That's a promising horse!
Proving quite the handful for Brad Rawiller, Rivage headed to Ballarat for his first start on Sunday - settling last in the 1600m maiden and racing greenly throughout.
"It was heavy work!" said a tired Rawiller. "I was working on him for the whole race trying to get him to come underneath me. He kept coming off the bridle so before we straightened I gave him a reminder to get him travelling and all of a sudden he was there."
"It was not long into the straight than I knew he had it won - it was a good effort considering all that he did wrong and being a first starter he is only going to improve."
Still last cornering, Rivage looked to have the job ahead as the two leaders kicked but he finished powerfully - drawing clear over the final stages.
"I have always had an opinion of him, he is a nice horse," Michael Kent said.
"He has just taken his time to develop and he doesn't have any race smarts, he didn't travel at all for Brad."
Describing Rivage as "a work in progress," Kent said that "he will get better as he gets older but he is only three once and there are some nice staying races coming up over the winter."
Raced by Peter Henley, Andrew Harrison, Marino Angelini and Everlong Racing No 6 (manager Brian Anderson), Rivage is a New Zealand Ready To Run Sale graduate by Red Ransom stallion Roc de Cambes (pictured) out of the winning Bachelor Duke mare Emerged.
A full sister to the Gr.1 Captain Cook Stakes winner Shuka, Emerged is a granddaughter of the Gr.1 Karrakatta Plate winner Alabama Whirly.