Monday 21 August 2017

Varian confident Postponed can double up in Arc and Breeders

Trainer Roger Varian “It was important to achieve that Group One win over 10 furlongs. Whether he needs to go over 10 Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
Trainer Roger Varian “It was important to achieve that Group One win over 10 furlongs. Whether he needs to go over 10 Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Thomas Kelly

Postponed could be aimed at the Breeders' Cup Turf provided he recovers from his exertions in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Roger Varian's top-class middle-distance performer is ante-post favourite at around 4/1 for the mile-and-a-half Group One at Chantilly on October 2 after his victory in the Juddmonte International at York over an extended 10 furlongs last week.

"He's a great horse and I'm so pleased how he's come out of the race," Varian said.

"You're never quite sure when you run him back off a setback. You want that first run back to bring him forward and not send him backwards again.

"It's certainly brought him forward. He's come out of the race bouncing. He looks tighter and fresher for the run. I couldn't be more pleased with how he looks since the Juddmonte.

"It was important to achieve that Group One win over 10 furlongs. Whether he needs to go over 10 furlongs again, possibly not. He'll step back up to a mile and a half for a crack at the Arc next time.

"I think we'll go straight to the Arc. If he comes through the Arc unscathed, we'd consider a crack at the Breeders' Cup Turf and I should think that would be it for the year, but we've got a big one to focus on right now."

Meanwhile, Mutakayyef could be supplemented for the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown next month.

The five-year-old has looked the real deal this season, winning good races at York and at Ascot, and is now under consideration for the big Group One over a mile and a quarter.

Mix

The William Haggas-trained gelding showed that he could mix it with the best of them at York last Wednesday when he finished an unlucky-in-running third to Postponed, beaten just under two lengths.

"He is absolutely fine and ran a great race at York last week," said Haggas. "We're looking at various options, but there's a chance he could be supplemented for the Irish Champion."

Connections of the Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned son of Sea The Stars would need to pay €75,000 to confirm his place in the Irish Champion Stakes line-up.

Irish Independent

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