Varian maiden shines in work and looks a good prospect to follow
Botti has had some near misses in the Melbourne Cup over the years and he has the former Italian top-notcher on a Aussie mission this time around. The six-year-old has been leased to Earle Mack for the coming months and was watched by the US owner's racing manager Anthony Burke in his latest workout on Racecourse Side. Before heading into quarantine the son of Dylan Thomas will run in the Group 3 Arc Trial at Newbury next Saturday.
Sir Michael Stoute
Before appearing at the HQ equivalent of 'Breakfast With The Stars' at the Newmarket open day, the two-time Group 1 winner looked as good as ever in a mile exercise up the Al Bahathri Polytrack. The four-year-old will canter up the Warren Hill Polytrack on Sunday.
Richard Hills was busy riding work for both Gosden and Roger Varian on the Al Bahathri all morning and was well to the fore on this cracking specimen, who made an eyecatching debut at Sandown last month. The presence of the 2.6 million guineas purchase will make it feel like the old days at the Yarmouth festival next week, where he holds an entry on Wednesday.
You know the last phase of the season is nigh when the across the flat gallop on Racecourse Side is back in action and Palmer used it to work his juveniles over a mile around the bend. This grey daughter of Style Vendome was the pick under Michael Hills.
Visitors to Varian's new Carlburg Stables base at the Newmarket open day on Sunday could do worse than to seek out the stable of this son of Iffraaj who shone in his work on the Al Bahathri. The juvenile disappointed when well fancied on his debut at Sandown last month but is much better than that showing would suggest.