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Monday, 19 November, 2018

Varian belief in Postponed for Sheema repeat bid

Roger Varian : plenty to say about Postponed
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Roger Varian still retains plenty of belief that Postponed can repeat his win of 12 months ago in the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan next Saturday despite his defeat on his seasonal return at the track a fortnight ago.

The six-year-old did not get the clearest of runs before failing to peg back one of next weekend's likely rivals, Prize Money, in the City of Gold on March 4.

A year ago, Postponed won that Group 2 warm-up before following up on World Cup night, when he accounted for Japanese top-notcher Duramente, with Highland Reel – who is set to reoppose – in fourth.

Assessing the strength of this year's renewal of the $6 million contest, Varian said: "The Sheema is looking like a good race again but no tougher than last year, when I think Duramente was better than anything we'll face this time around.

"I don't think Highland Reel was on his game that day on his first run after a busy winter, and we don't know how he'll be this time."

After his trial defeat, Postponed was pushed out to 5-2 for the Sheema by many firms, but he has been backed in again in recent days and on Saturday was a best-priced 9-4 with Sky Bet and only 11-8 with Paddy Power.

Varian added: "Postponed has been fine since the City of Gold and at least he has had a run out there, which is important going into these types of races. As last year we are very much looking forward to it."

Postponed has been fine since the City Of Gold and at least he has had a run out there which is important going into these types of races

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