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Roger Varian: trainer of Belardo

Roger Varian: sends out Chester Cup hotshot Steve Rogers

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Confident Varian looks
to Rogers to claim Cup

THE Betway Chester Cup is the race owner Marwan Koukash covets above all others, and as usual there is a battalion of runners sporting his colours on Wednesday.

However, only one of the four has a low draw, which hinders the owner's chances of winning the race for a fourth time.

Steve Rogers is the hot favourite, and could be a superhero for Roger Varian. The five-year-old handles the track, having won over two miles last September.

"This has been the long-term target," Varian said. "He's trained very well since winning at Kempton and goes into the race in good form.

"He won at the track last year and is versatile regarding ground and is drawn well in stall three. There's plenty in his favour and we're expecting a big run."

McCain chases more Cup success

Last year's runner-up Quick Jack leads the Irish charge for Tony Martin, with Silver Concorde running for Dermot Weld.

Donald McCain won back-to-back Chester Cups in 2011 and 2012, and he has chances with William Of Orange and Venue, who both have smart form on the Flat with previous yards.

He said: "We've been aiming William Of Orange at this for a while. He didn't have a lot of luck in the winter with the ground. The draw's not great but he's fit and well.

"Venue is a little quirky, but he's fit and well. We'll see whether this is his trip."

The going at Chester on Wednesday was officially good to soft after a dry night with Steve Rogers between 7-2 and 3-1 favourite to take the Chester Cup.

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