Roger Varian has decided to stick with the original plan and head to Longchamp for the Poule d’Essai des Poulains with his Champagne Stakes winner Bayside Boy.
The New Bay colt followed up that Doncaster victory, where he beat the Queen’s Derby hope Reach For The Moon, with a pair of placed efforts at Group One level in the autumn.
Firstly he was third to Native Trail in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket and then he returned to Town Moor to fill the same position behind Luxembourg in the Vertem Futurity Trophy.
Bayside Boy was left in the Qipco 2000 Guineas at the five-day stage, but the three-year-old’s name was missing from the final line-up, with his Classic aspirations set on France in a fortnight.
“Bayside Boy is in great form but we’re going to hang on and go to France for the French 2000 Guineas,” said Varian.
“We’ve been thinking French Guineas all winter for this horse and it is very easy to get sucked into Newmarket the closer you get to the race, but we are going to stick to our original thoughts.
“We think the Longchamp mile will suit him well, he’s in great form, he could easily have lined up on Saturday at Newmarket, but we will go to France and in two weeks time we will find out then if that is the right call or not.”
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Roger Varian reports Bayside Boy will head straight to a Classic for his first run of the season.
But whether that will be the short trip to the Rowley Mile for the Qipco 2000 Guineas or a cross-Channel mission to ParisLongchamp for the French equivalent remains to be decided.
An impressive winner on debut at Newbury last season, the son of New Bay went on to run in all the right races as a two-year-old, beating the Queen’s Derby contender Reach For The Moon in Doncaster’s Champagne Stakes before finishing his campaign with a pair of placed efforts in both the Dewhurst Stakes and Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes back on Town Moor.
A best-priced 33-1 for the first Classic of the season, a visit to HQ is definitely on the radar, with Varian hoping he can continue holding his own at the highest level in his three-year-old season.
He said: “I hope he’s a Guineas contender and we’re still in between Newmarket or Longchamp. I think he’ll go straight to a Guineas, but which one that is, we may be a bit surer of things next week.
“The horse is in good form, has wintered well and done everything right and we’re very happy with him.”
The Carlburg Stables handler could have a strong hand in the Classics and having already seen Eydon throw his name into the picture for some of the season’s top prizes when taking the Feilden Stakes, is also preparing another of his highly-regarded colts, Subastar, for a first outing of the campaign.
The son of Sea The Stars, whose dam is closely related to Dubawi, won nicely at Newmarket in September and looks the type who could thrive when upped to middle-distances this term. He holds an entry for both the Cazoo Derby and Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.
“It’s too early to say he’s an Epsom contender, but he’s a colt we like and he’s a couple of weeks away from running,” said Varian.
“He’s a laid-back horse so he’s not the easiest to judge at home, but we think he’s a nice one.”
“We hope he’s the type of horse we can aim at a Derby trial, but we haven’t nominated which one. He’s coming along well and improving at home and should be ready to roll out in about a fortnight,” added the trainer when analysing his prospects.
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The Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket is the most likely next objective for Roger Varian’s exciting juvenile Bayside Boy.
Impressive when making a winning start to his career at Newbury in mid-July, the son of New Bay was narrowly beaten by previous Superlative Stakes runner-up Masekela on his return to the Berkshire circuit for a Listed event last month.
That form was well advertised over the weekend, with Bayside Boy beating hot favourite Reach For The Moon in the Group Two Champagne Stakes at Doncaster, and Charlie Appleby’s Superlative winner Native Trail claiming Group One honours in the National Stakes in Ireland.
The pair look likely to lock horns in the Dewhurst on October 9.
“Saturday was very satisfying,” said Varian.
“His form is looking very strong. If you look at the distance between us and Masekela at Newbury and the distance between Native Trail and Masekela at Newmarket in the Superlative, that form is all starting to tie in.
“We were very impressed with Charlie’s horse at the Curragh on Sunday – but our horse has only had three starts as well, and he couldn’t do much more than beat Reach For The Moon in the Champagne. He’d have to be considered as a high-class juvenile, I think.
“He’s a horse that will stay beyond seven furlongs, but he’s not a slow horse. He’s a strong traveller and has won a Group Two race that often points to the Dewhurst.
“He wouldn’t be out of place in the Dewhurst field, and I’m sure that will be the number one target – but he’s got entries in all the big races, and we’ll have to see how he trains over the next fortnight or so and speak to connections.”
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Bayside Boy just edged out hot favourite Reach For The Moon in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.
Reach For The Moon, who is owned by the Queen, was all the rage for the seven-furlong contest after winning the Solario Stakes last time out – but with just four runners it turned into something of a tactical affair.
Frankie Dettori set out to make all on the 8-13 market leader, with main rival Lusail settled on his heels and the eventual winner sitting last of four through the first four furlongs.
Reach For The Moon started winding up the pace with three furlongs to run, with Lusail soon beaten, leaving Twilight Jet and Bayside Boy to challenge on either side.
Bayside Boy (5-1) took a while to hit his top gear but he really got rolling in the final half-furlong, eventually prevailing by a head for trainer Roger Varian and jockey David Egan.
The winning rider said: “I thought when I hit the front at Newbury (last time when finishing second) he was inexperienced and had a look at the stands.
“I planned to follow Frankie and not go too soon. Mr Varian has been so good to me throughout my career and he’s an exciting horse going forward.”
Paddy Power make Bayside Boy a 7-2 chance from 6-1 for the Dewhurst and 14s from 33s for the Guineas, with Varian eyeing the Newmarket contest on October 9 for the New Bay colt.
Varian said: “He looked good when he won his novice at Newbury and probably showed his lack of experience when he was worried out of it back at Newbury in a Listed.
“I’m pleased with that today, he showed he’d learned from Newbury and really stuck his head out – he was tough when he needed to be.
“David said he handled the ground and should go on most grounds. Until we need the ground as an excuse we won’t use it!
“He’s quite a neat horse, he’s not a giant. He looks a miler and saw the trip out well today. He’ll be a miler next year.
“I’m delighted for connections, he showed that same turn of foot he did first time out.
“We’d like to run him again but it depends on how he comes out of this, he is in all the big races, though, and you’d have to be thinking of something like the Dewhurst.”
John Gosden, who trains Reach For The Moon in partnership with his son Thady, felt the conditions had gone against his charge.
He said: “The jockey said he wasn’t in love with the ground, he wasn’t travelling on it like he normally does.
“It’s gone a bit dead, it’s drying out after last night’s rain and trying to make all into a headwind was just a bit much.
“Better ground, better horse is all I can say.
“Frankie knew he was in trouble from a long way out because of the ground.
“He could run again, there are some nice races left at Newmarket and we’ll see what the ground is like.”
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Bayside Boy created a big impression when winning on debut in the first division of the bet365 EBF Novice Stakes at Newbury.
Trained by Roger Varian – who was registering his first juvenile success of the season – the son of New Bay displayed a taking turn of foot.
All looked to be going to plan for John and Thady Gosden’s odds-on favourite Find as he cruised into the lead – but David Egan’s mount was made to look decidedly one-paced inside the final furlong.
Jack Mitchell did not even resort to the use of his stick as Bayside Boy (9-1) sprinted three and a quarter lengths clear.
Richard Ryan, racing manager for joint-owners Teme Valley, said: “That was very pleasing in many respects, but particularly because that is Roger’s first two-year-old winner of the season.
“He’s got an awful lot of nice two-year-olds at home and this lad has been doing some nice work with them so I don’t think he’s going to be Roger’s last, put it that way.
“The sire was popular at the time and this mare (Alava) has been very successful, with Forest Ranger (half-brother) her best.
“He’s put them to bed over seven furlongs on a flat track there and I think he’ll sharpen up. While I think he will get a mile later in the season, races like the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster will enter our minds now.”
Mitchell later doubled up on Tom Clover’s Sugauli (17-2) in the Ire Incentive, It Pays To Buy Irish Handicap.
“To be fair Ray Dawson rode him last time and said he wanted a mile,” said Mitchell.
“He’s a horse who thinks he’s quicker than he is, generous is probably how you’d describe him.
“He’s a hot character, he wears the red hood but he’s won that well today.”
John and Thady Gosden, who were on the mark with Chesham runner-up Reach For The Moon in the second division of Bayside Bay’s race, also scored with Golden Bugle (9-4 favourite) in the bet365 Fillies’ Handicap.
The filly by Golden Horn was running in the famous Anthony Oppenheimer colours and is regally bred, being out of a half-sister to 2000 Guineas winner Footstepsinthesand.
It took her three attempts to break her maiden but she is clearly getting the hang of things, providing Frankie Dettori with a double.
“That was the plan. Anthony bred the father, the mother, he bred that filly and I think we’ve got to look in the direction of black type now,” said John Gosden.
Roger Charlton’s string are in much better form now than in the first half of the season and Saligo Bay (100-30) provided him with a sixth winner from his last 17 runners in the bet365 Handicap.
For much of the long straight it appeared as if Billy Garrity had slipped the field on Skycutter, but Franny Norton timed his challenge to perfection.
“I’ve always been a great admirer of Franny, but he hasn’t ridden much for me,” said Charlton.
“When we had 8st 5lb and didn’t have a jockey and he was available he seemed the obvious choice.
“Hopefully this one will keep progressing until the end of the season, head to the sales and then win the Triumph Hurdle! Who knows, the owners may want to keep him.
“I’m much happier with the form of the yard now, the best time of the year for your horses to run well is the second half of the year, not the first half.”
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