Wednesday double keeps winter fires burning

Fri 30 Nov 2018

THE DAYS may be short and the temperature might be cold but there is plenty of excitement within the Varian Stable camp to keep the fires burning over the winter and a Wednesday double added further fuel to those ambitions as Manorah and Tauteke broke their maidens at Kempton and Chelmsford respectively.

Owned by Abdullatif M Al-Abdulrazzaq, Manorah shaped with promise over course and distance on her debut earlier in the month and she put that experience to good use here, looking an altogether more professional model when tracking the leaders under Jack Mitchell.

Shaken up to challenge approaching the two-furlong marker, the daughter of The Factor found plenty for pressure and despite being challenged late by fast-finishing newcomer Vasiliev she was always holding that rival and eventually landed the spoils by a neck.

At Chelmsford, the Nurlan Bizakov-owned Tauteke, who had also acquitted herself creditably on debut at Kempton, got the better of the John Gosden-trained So High following a protracted duel up the home straight.

Positively ridden from her wide draw by the in-form Jim Crowley, the daughter of Sea The Stars travelled nicely behind the long-time leader and was able to find more than her sole rival in the closing stages, getting up by a head with a yawning gap back to the remainder.

Roger said: “Both Manorah and Tauteke impressed with their attitudes this evening and I think we have two bright prospects on our hands for next season. I’ve no doubt both will improve when asked to compete over middle-distances as well and the future looks bright.”

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