Varian happy to take Turf option with Teona

Roger Varian is excited to see if Teona can provide him with a first Breeders’ Cup success on Saturday.

It is 10 years since Nahrain came within three-quarters of a length of breaking the Newmarket trainer’s duck when touched off in the Filly & Mare Turf at Churchill Downs under Frankie Dettori.

Varian saddled another runner-up at the showpiece meeting in 2019, with Daahyeh finding only Sharing too strong in the Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita.

Teona will fly the flag for the team at Del Mar this weekend, having been kept fresh since inflicting a surprise defeat on Snowfall in the Prix Vermeille at ParisLongchamp in September.

Connections had the option of keeping the daughter of Sea The Stars against her own sex, but ultimately decided to let her take on the boys, and Dermot Weld’s top-class mare Tarnawa, in the Turf.

“I came close with Nahrain in 2011 at Churchill Downs and love coming back out to California as I finished high school here,” Varian said.

“We thought about the Filly & Mare for Teona and concluded they were both tough races.

“However, the Turf is a mile and a half and that’s this filly’s optimum trip.

“It gives her the better winning chance as the other option is solid in its own right.”

Roger Varian expects Horris Hill test to suit Dubai Poet

Dubai Poet bids to secure his second Newbury victory in the Virgin Bet Horris Hill Stakes.

A promising fourth on his racecourse debut in August, Roger Varian’s youngster was odds-on to open his account at the second time of asking the following month – and did so in some style.

The Lope De Vega colt then had to make do with minor honours when third behind Coroebus in Newmarket’s Autumn Stakes a fortnight ago, and his trainer is anticipating another bold showing on Saturday.

Varian said: “He ran well at Newmarket in the Autumn Stakes. He didn’t quite see out the stiff mile that day, and the return to seven furlongs on testing ground should be right up his street.

“It looks a strong renewal – as it ought to be – but he ought to run very well, I think.”

Dubai Poet’s rivals include the Charlie Appleby-trained Noble Truth, who drops down in class after finishing second in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at ParisLongchamp this month.

Appleby told “We were obviously delighted with Noble Truth’s performance in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, when he showed that he can cope with heavy ground.

“He looks the one to beat if he can bring that level of form to the table again.”

Light Infantry (David Simcock) and Cresta (Martyn Meade) also merit consideration in a competitive affair.

Siskany (left) winning the Old Rowley Cup at Newmarket
Siskany (left) winning the Old Rowley Cup at Newmarket (Tim Goode/PA)

Appleby is responsible for the likely favourite in the other Group Three on the card – the Virgin Bet St Simon Stakes.

Siskany has won four of his seven starts to date and certainly looks ready for a step up to Pattern level, judged on his clear-cut success in the Old Rowley Cup at Newmarket on his latest appearance.

“Siskany produced a very pleasing effort on his return from a break in the Old Rowley Cup, and heads into this in good shape,” Appleby added.

“He deserves to step up to this company now and won on soft at Sandown earlier in the season, so he ticks some nice boxes.”

Having struck gold in 2018, Morando bids for a second St Simon victory for Andrew Balding, while the William Haggas-trained Ilaraab also features.

Jumbly sets the standard in the Listed Galloping To Give 10 Years With A Transplant Stakes, after finishing fourth in the Rockfel when bidding to complete her hat-trick.

Roger Charlton’s filly may not have things all her own way, however, with Varian excited to see what his Newmarket maiden winner Miss Carol Ann can do at a higher level.

He said: “She’s a very nice filly, and we’re looking forward to running her again. We wish it wasn’t going to be on such testing ground, but I suppose it’s that time of the year.

“It will be very different conditions to what she won on at Newmarket. But I think she’s got a lot of quality, and we’re looking forward to getting her out again.”

Teona has twin Turf options at Breeders’ Cup

Roger Varian has a choice of engagements at the Breeders’ Cup for his star filly Teona.

The daughter of Sea The Stars looked primed for a tilt at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe after inflicting a shock defeat on dual Classic heroine Snowfall in last month’s Prix Vermeille.

But with heavy rain ensuring testing conditions prevailed at ParisLongchamp, connections ultimately decided against a tilt at Europe’s premier middle-distance contest.

Varian reports the three-year-old to be firmly on course for a trip to California, however, with a decision on whether she will contest the Filly & Mare Turf, or takes on the boys in the Turf, set to be made closer to the time.

“It’s always been the plan to take Teona to the Breeders’ Cup since we defected from the Arc,” said the Newmarket trainer.

“She’ll be entered in the Fillies And Mares, but she’ll also have an entry in the Turf.

“We’ll make a decision later on, but she’s in great form, and we’re looking forward to running her in one of those races.”

Varian hopes the fact Teona had much of the summer off after failing to fire in a soft-ground Oaks at Epsom in early June will stand her in good stead at Del Mar.

Roger Varian is looking forward to sending Teona to the Breeders' Cup
Roger Varian is looking forward to sending Teona to the Breeders’ Cup (Mike Egerton/PA)

He added: “She seems to like the faster ground and she should certainly get that.

“She’s quite lightly-raced and has not had as hard a season as some of the horses she’ll be racing against.

“She showed herself to be high quality in her most recent two starts, at Windsor and at Longchamp in the Vermeille, so she’ll be deserving of her place in the line-up – whichever option we choose.

“Most likely, she’ll be our only runner at the Breeders’ Cup this year.”

Eshaada denies Albaflora at Ascot

Eshaada just edged out Albaflora in a thrilling finish to the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot.

The two protagonists pulled away from Aidan O’Brien’s odds-on market leader Snowfall, who was disappointing in third.

Eshaada (16-1) had not raced since finishing last of seven behind the Aidan O’Brien-trained favourite in the Yorkshire Oaks in August – but she bounced back to take the Group One honours for trainer Roger Varian and jockey Jim Crowley.

Mystery Angel and La Joconde shared the duties up front before the latter went on at halfway. Ryan Moore had Snowfall tucked away in sixth place and though she made ground in the straight the spark she showed when winning the Oaks at Epsom and the Curragh was missing.

There was little between the first two as they battled it out in the closing stages, with Eshaada getting the verdict by a shot head from Albaflora and Snowfall three and a half lengths away.

Eshaada and Alblaflora pull away from Snowfall
Eshaada and Alblaflora pull away from Snowfall (PA)

Varian said: “Her only poor performance was at York and the Ribblesdale form had worked out very well with the winner (Loving Dream) winning the Prix de Royallieu two weeks ago at ParisLongchamp.

“The ground was tight at York and it’s a funny place. Maybe she needs cut in the ground.

“Coming here today she had track form and has always looked a class filly, so I thought she was a touch overpriced beforehand.

“We were very happy with her condition and everything went right during the race. She always had a good position and kicked in the straight. She had to be really tough inside the final two furlongs, but she stuck her neck out and was really game.

“I should think a discussion will be had with the team at Shadwell (regarding the future). We’d love to have her around for another year, (but) that won’t be my decision.

“She’s a big, scopey filly who is still lightly-raced and you would think her best days are perhaps still ahead of her.”

O’Brien said of Snowfall: “She ran an OK race, obviously you would be disappointed she didn’t win. She’s had plenty of racing, it was a steadily enough run race and they quickened and she followed them, but she just didn’t get to them.

“Ryan said he would have preferred the pace to be a bit stronger early. Snowfall was slow away and didn’t want to come out and around them. There you go – that’s the way it is.

“We haven’t said anything really (about next year). We’ll see how she is, but that is probably it this year.”

Eldar Eldarov delights Varian with taking Nottingham debut

Roger Varian is looking forward to seeing how Eldar Eldarov progresses after the two-year-old made an impressive debut at Nottingham.

The well-bred son of Dubawi turned a maiden over an extended mile into a procession as he swept five lengths clear of his nearest rival to have the Newmarket trainer excited about 2021.

It has yet to be decided if Eldar Eldarov runs again this season but Varian has not been in a hurry with this colt, who cost £480,000 at the breeze ups in May after bring sold for £110,000 as a yearling.

“He’s a nice horse in the making, He’s got a big pedigree, he’s bred for middle distances and he looks a nice prospect looking ahead to next year,” said Varian.

“He’s a horse who has improved as the year has gone on and the family get better with age. He’s not been a horse we’ve been in a rush with. He was ready for his debut and made a very pleasing one.

“There are no immediate plans. I don’t even know if he will run again this year, but we’ll see how he comes out of the race and go from there.

“He’s only won a maiden and won it nicely. He’s one of those horse we’ll look forward to next year and see how he winters.

“I think he will stay middle distances – 10 furlongs, maybe 12 furlongs. The pedigree would suggest that and the way he galloped out after the line would suggest that too.”

Fujaira Prince sustains fatal gallops injury

Fujaira Prince suffered a fatal injury on the gallops on Wednesday morning as he was being prepared for the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot on Saturday.

The seven-year-old, trained by Roger Varian, finished third in the Group Two contest over two miles in 2020 and was prominent in the ante-post betting at around 10-1.

Fujaira Prince won the Ebor at York last season and was second in the Irish St Leger. He won five of his 12 starts and earned £303,265 in prize money.

“It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of stable favourite Fujaira Prince, who suffered a fatal injury on the gallops this morning,” the Newmarket trainer announced on

“Fujaira Prince was a lovely horse who has given us many special moments, the highlight of those being his success the Ebor in 2020.

“He will be much missed by the whole team here at Varian Stable, in particular by his groom Alan Rutter, his work rider Chiara Careddu, barn manager Dee Deacon, and of course by his owner Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum.”

Teona primed for Arc test at ParisLongchamp

Roger Varian is confident Teona is “peaking at the right time” ahead of her bid for glory in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

As a daughter of the brilliant Arc hero Sea The Stars and Group One-winning mare Ambivalent, the three-year-old had plenty to live up to from day one – but Varian has never made any secret of the regard in which she is held.

She was no match for Snowfall in either the Musidora Stakes at York or the Oaks at Epsom – but having returned from a break with a Listed success at Windsor last month, Teona turned the tables to inflict a shock defeat on Aidan O’Brien’s filly in the Prix Vermeille.

The pair are set to renew rivalries over the same course and distance at ParisLongchamp this weekend – and while the betting suggests Snowfall is expected to reaffirm her superiority, Varian reports his charge could not be in better form.

“Her credentials are solid – and she has had a fairly light campaign, having had an easy time through the summer,” said the Newmarket handler.

“She’s fresh and has not been over-raced – she seems to be peaking at the right time for a race like this.

“We’ve been very happy with her since the Vermeille.”

Teona will be bidding to become the seventh horse to win the Vermeille and the Arc in the same season, while four-time Arc-winning jockey Olivier Peslier will be in the saddle.

Roger Varian has high hopes for Teona
Roger Varian has high hopes for Teona (Mike Egerton/PA)

Varian is under no illusions about the task that lies ahead in Paris, with Teona a 25-1 shot with William Hill, but he is looking forward to the challenge.

He added: “It’s a great race with serious opposition, but I think she’s deserving of her place in the line-up-  and hopefully her best days are still ahead of her.

“We can only worry about our filly and her condition, and we’re happy she’s going into the race in good shape.

“We want as good a ground as possible. The ground looks fairly safe up until the weekend, when there’s some uncertainty over the forecast.

“We’re obviously hoping the ground is good.”

There were no withdrawals at Tuesday’s second forfeit stage for the Arc, so 14 horses remain in contention before supplementary entries on Wednesday.

Miss Carol Ann impresses on Newmarket debut

Miss Carol Ann made an impressive start to her career in division one of the Blandford Bloodstock Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at Newmarket.

Second in the betting at 100-30, Roger Varian’s filly travelled strongly in the hands of Andrea Atzeni, with the more experienced 11-10 favourite Oheka bidding to make every yard of the running under Oisin Murphy.

The market leader did her best to keep Miss Carol Ann at bay, but the daughter of Kingman quickened up stylishly to grab the lead before kicking two lengths clear.

Varian said: “We have some nice unraced horses at home and we thought this filly would come here and run well. I didn’t know if she’d win, but she’d certainly shown up nicely at home and hopefully she’s a filly with a nice future.

“The winning owners are new owners in the yard. We met Bill Crager and his son Will about 18 months ago and they sent this filly to us this time last year as a yearling. They’re very enthusiastic and lovely people, so it’s great their first experience with us is a winning one.

“She’s a good-moving filly, so she should handle most grounds. Andrea felt it was just lively enough for her today, but I hope she’s a filly that will be quite versatile.

“She’s travelled nicely and seen the stiff seven furlongs out well, so I would think she’ll get a mile next year.”

Roger Varian won the opening race at Newmarket with Miss Carol Ann
Roger Varian won the opening race at Newmarket with Miss Carol Ann (Mike Egerton/PA)

Last year’s winner Saffron Beach went on to land the Group Three Oh So Sharp Stakes over the same course and distance a fortnight later.

When asked if Miss Carol Ann could follow the same route, Varian added: “I’m not sure. We’ve done it with a filly in the past and it can come a bit quick.

“I’m not going to rule it out and I’m not going to rule it in. We’ll just have to see how she is in the next week or so.”

Siamsa on her way to victory
Siamsa on her way to victory (Tim Goode/PA)

The second division went to Richard Hannon’s 9-1 shot Siamsa, who repelled the challenge of evens favourite Thanks Monica by a comfortable two and a half lengths in the hands of Pat Dobbs.

Hannon said: “I worried bringing her here that she might see the open spaces, look around a bit and get a little bit warm, but to be fair she’s done it well.

“Pat said she went down very quietly, so he thought he’d let her roll on the way back.

“She’s won her maiden obviously, so we can have a look either at nurseries or a bit of black type would be lovely, the Radley Stakes or something like that.

“She will love to get her toe in the ground later on in the year, but she is a filly for next year.”

Perfect News leads home Eidikos at Newmarket
Perfect News leads home Eidikos at Newmarket (Tim Goode/PA)

Perfect News (6-1) made it a double on the day for owner Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum as she landed the British Stallion Studs EBF “Jersey Lily” Fillies’ Nursery Handicap.

Perfect Power had earlier carried the owner’s colours to glory in the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes and the William Haggas-trained Perfect News dug deep for Tom Marquand to hold off Eidikos by a neck.

Jumby (5-2 favourite) defied top-weight to win the closing Sue Human Celebration Handicap for Eve Johnson Houghton and William Buick.

Subastar promises plenty for the future

Subastar is expected to go on to bigger and better things after making a successful start to his career in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes at Newmarket.

The well-related Sea The Stars colt was a 14-1 shot for a race that has been won by a whole host of high-class performers in recent years, including Telescope (2012), Eminent (2016) and the brilliant Ghaiyyath (2017).

Ridden by Andrea Atzeni, Roger Varian’s charge travelled strongly and picked up well to beat the twice-placed favourite 11-8 favourite Dawn Of Liberation by a length and a half. Godolphin newcomer Symbol Of Light also shaped with plenty of promise in third.

Varian, who also saddled last year’s winner Royal Champion, said: “He’s a nice colt who is very laid back and relaxed, I thought he might just need the run.

“He’ll be a nice horse next year. He stays well and should be a middle-distance horse as a three-year-old.

“He’s a beautifully-bred horse by Sea The Stars, who can do no wrong at the minute.

“He’ll tell us whether he wants to run again this season. Hopefully he’s a nice one to look forward to.”

Gale Force Maya made it third time lucky in the British Stallion Studs EBF Premier Fillies’ Handicap.

The Michael Dods-trained five-year-old had been sent off favourite for each of the last two renewals of the six-furlong contest – finishing second in 2019 and third 12 months ago.

Fresh from riding a double at Goodwood on Wednesday, 5lb claimer Adam Farragher was once again seen to good effect as he steered the northern raider to a neck success over Gellhorn.

“Mr (William) Haggas has been very good to me and him putting me up has seen me get some lovely outside rides like this one today,” said the jockey.

“It’s my first winner on the Rowley Mile – it was only my third ride here.

“She was keen early and I didn’t want to disappoint her. I knew from speaking to a couple of senior jockeys that if you can get your momentum running down the hill, it will slingshot you up the hill at the end. It worked out today.

“To ride a winner here on hallowed ground is very nice.”

Runners and riders pass the grandstand in the Federation Of Bloodstock Agents Nursery
Runners and riders pass the grandstand in the Federation Of Bloodstock Agents Nursery (Tim Goode/PA)

Rank outsider Desert Angel followed up a recent Doncaster success in the Federation Of Bloodstock Agents Nursery.

The application of blinkers brought and a step up to a mile saw Richard Hannon’s charge improve significantly on his previous form when opening his account on Town Moor less than a fortnight ago.

At odds of 16-1, Ryan Moore’s mount proved that was no fluke with a one-and-a-quarter-length victory on the Rowley Mile.

Hannon said: “He is obviously quite a late developer as we questioned his enthusiasm. I wanted to cut him, but his owner Ziad Galadari said ‘let’s give him one more chance’ and to try the headgear. Since he said that, he has not stopped winning.

“We will definitely run him again (this season) and look to find another valuable nursery.”

James Doyle and Boltaway in action at Newmarket
James Doyle and Boltaway in action at Newmarket (Tim Goode/PA)

Boltaway made it four wins from his last five starts in the Discover Newmarket Handicap.

In the space of little over a month Roger Charlton’s charge completed a hat-trick with victories at Doncaster, Redcar and Yarmouth, but came up short in his bid for a four-timer at Pontefract, finishing only third.

But after going off as the 2-1 favourite, Boltaway rewarded those who kept the faith with a ready verdict in the hands of James Doyle.

“He’s back on-song. It was an odd race at Pontefract as the outsider got a soft lead and they ended up strung out across the countryside,” said Charlton.

“There’s the Old Rowley Cup back here in a couple of weeks and we’ll think about that, then I think he’ll be a very nice horse for someone to buy at the Horses In Training Sale.”

Andrew Balding and Oisin Murphy combined to land the Come And Discover Newmarket Handicap with 15-8 favourite Carolus Magnus, while the concluding Newmarket Challenge Whip Handicap went to Ralph Beckett’s 8-1 shot Rhebus Road, ridden by Jane Elliott.

Bayside Boy set for Dewhurst date

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.”

‘Everything on the table’ as Varian assesses options for Arc possible Teona

Roger Varian is keen to keep all options open with Teona after the Prix Vermeille heroine returned to Newmarket on Monday evening.

The daughter of Sea The Stars was considered a serious Classic contender earlier in the year, amid reports of sparkling workouts on the Newmarket gallops.

But while there was plenty of promise in her third-placed finish behind Snowfall in the Musidora Stakes at York in May, she was a long way behind the same filly in the Oaks at Epsom the following month.

However, Varian has never lost faith in Teona – and after returning from a break with a Listed success at Windsor, she came of age in Paris on Sunday when turning the tables on Snowfall to claim Group One glory.

“She got back last night and seems fine after the race, so we’re very happy with that,” said the Bury Road handler.

“We’ve made no secret of the high regard we hold her in. Hopefully she’s a filly really going places now.”

While many were shocked Teona reversed previous form with Snowfall, Varian feels there were genuine reasons why she could not land a telling blow behind Aidan O’Brien’s filly earlier in the year.

He added: “She had a valid excuse at York, and a valid excuse at Epsom.

Roger Varian has been unwavering in his faith in Teona
Roger Varian has been unwavering in his faith in Teona (Mike Egerton/PA)

“At York she reared up in the starting gates, and then it turned into a four-furlong sprint up the home straight. She actually ran very well that day – making up ground on horses that were sprinting in front of her. You could see how she might get closer to Snowfall.

“At Epsom the ground was heavy, and I don’t think she’s a filly who can cope with that sort of ground.

“It took a while to get her back after running on that ground at Epsom, but she was fairly dominant at Windsor and showed what she was capable of on Sunday in Paris.”

What made the success all the sweeter for Varian is the fact he also trained Teona’s dam Ambivalent to win a Group One.

He said: “James Fanshawe texted me after the race to say congratulations and how nice it is to keep a Group One-winning line going. He also said it’s a sign that I’m getting on a bit! Maybe he’s right.”

Snowfall was beaten by Teona in France
Snowfall was beaten by Teona in France (Nigel French/PA)

The obvious target for Teona is a return to France for a tilt at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on the first Sunday in October – although she also holds alternative Group One entries over varying distances that same ParisLongchamp weekend as well as in the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot later in the month.

Varian confirmed Europe’s premier middle-distance contest will be “seriously considered”, but he is in no rush to commit at this stage.

He added: “I haven’t had a conversation with the owner yet, but you’d have to consider the Arc if we’re happy with the filly over the next two and a half weeks and the ground looks like it will be fairly sound.

“I don’t think we’d entertain a very soft-ground Arc – I don’t think that would be her bag. But if the forecast and the ground is in our favour, and we’re happy with the filly’s condition, I’m sure it will be seriously considered.

“I think at the moment we keep everything on the table and don’t make any decisions, because we don’t have to. She’s got these big-race entries, so we don’t have to supplement her or anything like that, which means we can make these decisions late.

“The nice thing for us now is that she’s won the Vermeille and established herself as a top-drawer filly.

“I don’t quite know how the rest of the season will pan out for her. Some of it will be decided by things out of our control, like weather and ground, and some of it will be within our control.

“She’s won her Group One, so we don’t have to keep telling everyone she’s good – she’s proved it.

“Everything remains a possibility with a filly like that.”

Whatever happens between now and the end of the season, Varian is keeping his fingers crossed Teona will return in 2022, saying: “I haven’t discussed that with the owner, but I certainly hope so.

“She’s only just getting started. Her mother raced as a five-year-old, and there is no reason to think Teona won’t get better with age.”

Teona shocks Snowfall in Prix Vermeille

Teona shocked Snowfall as she pulled off an unexpected victory in the Group One Prix Vermeille at ParisLongchamp.

Roger Varian’s Teona had finished 28 lengths behind runaway Oaks heroine Snowfall when only 10th to her at Epsom back in June.

But she turned the Classic form round emphatically to gain her revenge – as 2-9 favourite Snowfall – who had also been sensational in winning the Irish Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks – could finish only a length-and-a-half runner-up, and Teona (11-1) scored at the top level for the first time.

Snowfall, ridden again here by Frankie Dettori as she was at Epsom, was held up off the pace as her Ballydoyle stablemate La Joconde made much of the running – with Teona positioned in second by Olivier Peslier.

Dettori began to bridge the gap into the straight – but by then Teona – who had been her own worst enemy this season in terms of settling – had already made her telling challenge, and always appeared in control thereafter.

Snowfall had gone into her Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe trial as ante-post favourite for the autumn highlight over course and distance next month – but after this defeat, she was eased to 6-1 from 5-2 by Coral, who rate Teona a 16-1 chance and make Derby hero Adayar their 4-1 favourite. Paddy Power and Betfair went 4-1 about Snowfall from 9-4.

The surprise outcome vindicated the belief Varian has long expressed in Teona.

The Newmarket trainer told Sky Sports Racing: “I’m delighted, speechless really.

“Everything went smooth – I thought Olivier did a great job on the filly, and she settled well.

“She showed what she can do … what she’s capable of. We’ve always had massive faith in this filly, and we were disappointed how the first half of the season went for us.

“But we gave her time, and I’d like to thank the owner for being very patient.”

Teona had also finished third to Snowfall when they were both having their first starts of the season in the Musidora Stakes at York in May – but she returned to winning form, after her Oaks setback, to easily land a Listed race at Windsor next month.

Varian added: “She’s a big-framed filly, and maybe she’s just needed time. I trained her mother (Ambivalent), who was very good – (and) she didn’t win her Group One until she was an older filly.

“I think the family mature into themselves as they get older, so no doubt time has helped her.”

As well as the Arc, Teona holds entries over varying trips next month in the Prix de l’Opera and Prix de Royallieu.

Varian hinted, however, that the Arc is most likely – as long as the ground stays in Teona’s favour in Paris.

Snowfall's unbeaten campaign came to an end at ParisLongchamp
Snowfall’s unbeaten campaign came to an end at ParisLongchamp (Nigel French/PA)

“Most importantly, (we must) make sure the filly is sound and healthy tomorrow morning – and see how she trains over the next couple of weeks,” he said.

“I’d like to hope those are options we can consider. I do think she’s a filly who appreciates a sound surface, so she’d want this sunshine to continue for another few weeks.

“I think a mile and a half is her trip. I’ll speak with her owner and the team at home, but she’s got all those options because we believed in her – and I’m so pleased she’s come good today.”

Peslier, a four-time Arc winner himself, gave Teona a vote of confidence too.

Asked if she could follow up in the Arc, he said: “Why not?

“I’ve had many winners (in the race). But each one is different – so if we have a chance to win another one, of course.

“If you don’t run, you never win.”

Snowfall has been deposed as Arc favourite
Snowfall has been deposed as Arc favourite (Brian Lawless/PA)

Dettori, meanwhile, felt the pace of the race had not suited Snowfall.

He said: “I found myself too far from the front end of the race, and Hollie Doyle, on La Joconde, didn’t go fast enough for my filly.

“The race turned into a sprint.”

Bayside Boy floors hotpot Reach For The Moon at Doncaster

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.

Bayside Boy (left) leads from Reach For The Moon
Bayside Boy (left) leads from Reach For The Moon (Mike Egerton/PA)

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 felt conditions were against Reach For The Moon
John Gosden felt conditions were against Reach For The Moon (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

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.”

Varian anticipating Forest improvement over Park Hill trip

A step up in trip is expected to help Save A Forest raise her game for the Hippo Pro3 Park Hill Fillies’ Stakes at Doncaster.

The Roger Varian-trained Kingman filly has already made giant strides this year, progressing from a maiden win at Wolverhampton to landing Listed honours at Newmarket on her latest appearance.

During the intervening period, Save A Forest won a Windsor handicap, finished second in the Lingfield Oaks Trial and placed fourth behind the brilliant Snowfall in the Oaks at Epsom.

She has 9lb to find with John and Thady Gosden’s likely favourite Free Wind in Thursday’s Group Two contest, with her trainer banking on the extra two furlongs to help her bridge the gap.

“It looks like her running style will suit the step up in trip and we’ll have to see how it plays out on the day,” said Varian.

“She seems versatile ground-wise. If we had our choice we’d prefer a bit more ease in the ground, but it is what it is.”

Save A Forest had the option of taking on the boys in Saturday’s Cazoo St Leger, but connections opted to keep the filly against her own sex.

Varian added: “I think it was a relatively straightforward decision, once we saw what was left in the Leger.

“She’d have been a big outsider in the Leger, whereas she looks to have a genuine chance in the Park Hill. It’s the right race for her and hopefully she’ll run very well.”

Eileendover winning at Market Rasen
Eileendover winning at Market Rasen (Tim Goode/PA)

Eileendover would be a popular winner for Classic-winning trainer Pam Sly.

The daughter of Canford Cliffs earned rave reviews after winning three bumpers last winter, before being beaten for the first time at Aintree’s Grand National meeting in April.

Eileendover has since had her attentions switched to the Flat – running well in defeat at Haydock, Pontefract and Newmarket before making a winning handicap debut on the July Course last month.

“If we could get in the first three and get a bit of black type it would be amazing. That’s what we’re hoping for,” said Sly.

“If she’s not good enough, she’s not good enough, but at least we know she’s going to stay. There’s a few shorter than us in the betting that haven’t even gone further than a mile and a half before.

“I was amazed she went on that quick ground at Newmarket. She wasn’t stiff or anything afterwards, which was good.

“We haven’t really made any plans beyond this week. She won’t be going jumping, I don’t think.”

The Hugo Palmer-trained Golden Pass beat Free Wind and Eileendover when landing a Listed prize at Newmarket in July, but has since disappointed in the Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury.

Golden Pass winning at Beverley
Golden Pass winning at Beverley (Tony Knapton/PA)

Palmer said: “She ran so badly in the Geoffrey Freer, but her blood picture was wrong after that. We’re happy to put a line through that and her work was good on Saturday.

“I had been looking forward to stepping her up to a mile and six – it has always looked like it would suit her. Just because we had one go and it went wrong at Newbury, I’m not prepared to change my mind on that.

“The favourite is Free Wind, who she beat fairly well one start ago and they’ve both had one start since. We finished last and Free Wind has won. I think if we both came here not having run another time, she would be a much shorter price.

“She’s rated 102, so she’d have an obvious chance. You’d have to excuse her last run when she didn’t run anywhere near to her mark.”

Nagano bidding to go the distance in March Stakes

Roger Varian is optimistic Nagano will be see out the mile and three-quarters of the tote March Stakes at Goodwood on Saturday.

The son of Fastnet Rock showed he stays a mile and a half well when landing a handicap over the course and distance a month ago.

He now steps up in class as well as trip – but Varian feels Nagano will do himself justice in a trappy five-horse affair for the Group Three contest.

“He’s in good form. He’s been progressive all year and he looks like he’ll get the trip. He’s obviously trying a mile and six for the first time,” said the Newmarket trainer.

“He’s got track form, he’s not ground dependent. He’s a very laid-back horse at home, but we’re very happy with his condition and hopefully he’ll run a nice race.”

Andrew Balding believes Classic Lord will not be out of place as goes up in grade.

The Land Of England colt – who holds a St Leger entry – proved his effectiveness over the trip when winning a four-runner race in game fashion five weeks ago.

“He’s stepping up in class, but he’s been very consistent and improved all year. It was a good performance last time and I’d hope he run well,” said the Kingsclere handler.

Gavin Cromwell is hoping the booking of Frankie Dettori can help bridge the gap between White Pepper and the four other runners on ratings.

The Irish challenger is the outsider of the party on handicap marks, but she did got off the mark at the 13th attempt when tackling a mile and a half for the first time at Tramore on her latest start.

“She’s an awful lot to find with the others in the race, but obviously a bit of black type would be great for her. We’ve a good jockey booking, so we’re hoping for the best,” said the County Meath trainer.

Two northern raiders, Mark Johnston’s Dancing King and the David O’Meara-trained Juan De Montalban, complete the five-strong field.

Daneh was a creditable third on her first try in Group Three company and bids to improve on that effort in the tote Prestige Stakes.

The Dubawi filly, trained by Ed and Simon Crisford, was only beaten a length and three-quarters by Oscula in the Prix Six Perfections at Deauville earlier this month, after making a wining debut at Kempton.

“She’s got a great chance, she’s a good filly. It was a good run at Deauville last time and she’s entitled to be one of the favourites,” said Bruce Raymond, racing manager for owner Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum.

“She’s working very nicely, she’s in good form and let’s hope she can run a big race.”

Balding expects his two contenders, Wilderness Girl and Star from Afarhh, to put up good shows.

“Wilderness Girl won well at Goodwood at the big meeting, so the distance, track and trip are no problem,” he said.

“Star From Afarhh was disappointing last weekend, but we think she was unsuited by the slower ground. She’s returning to a faster surface and she’s a filly we like.”

John and Thady Gosden’s Tinderbox – whose form was given a major boost by Silk Romance at Newmarket on Friday – and the David Loughnane-trained Hello You are among the other runners in what looks an open affair.