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‘He’s got size and scope, he’s very exciting’: Roger Varian aims for Classics glory as it ‘clicks’ for Sakheer… with the two-year-old potentially ‘the best’ in the coaching stable
- Roger Varian greets ‘best in stable’ horse Sakheer after victory in Mill Reef stake
- The win was stage six of a remarkable 34,838-1 seven-timer for trainer Varian
- There will be no racing in Britain on Monday as a sign of respect for The Queen
Sakheer has goals in Group One after beating his rivals in the Mill Reef Stakes, a win that marked the sixth leg of a remarkable 34,838-1 seven-timer for trainer Roger Varian.
The magnificent seven was completed in three encounters, with jockey David Egan teaming up with three of the horses at Newbury, including Sakheer, who he suggested ‘could be something special’ after an easy success in the weekend’s youth tent competition.
Egan was also aboard Stay Alert in the group three Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup Stakes for trainer Hughie Morrison, but that was a significantly more complicated triumph than Sakheer’s, who delighted Varian with odds of just 7-1 for next 2000 Guinea season.
Roger Varian names two-year-old Sakheer the best in his current stable after another win
Varian said: ‘His work has always been very good. We thought he would win the first time, but he ran into a smart filly (Magical Sunset) in Windsor. He then won well at Haydock and he looks good. How good, I don’t know, but he might be the best of my two year olds.
“He has size and scope, he is very exciting and I think he will stay seven furlongs or a mile. Everything clicks. Sakheer is in Middle Park, but it’s next week, very soon. He would need replenishment for the Dewhurst, but those two races are probably on the table.”
One trainer who won’t be striving for more Classic glory is French legend Freddy Head, who is relinquishing his license at the end of the year.
There is no racing in Britain these days as a sign of respect for the Queen.
Trainer Roger Varian aims for classic glory with his horse stable, including Sakheer