It was quite a low-key week for the yard at York with just Molatham bringing back one of the winners' prizes, but several of the yard favourites ran solid races during what was a high-class few days on the Knavesmire.
Our winners tally for the 2019 season rose to 75 on Wednesday thanks to an across-the-card treble at Salisbury and Kempton Park.
Top-level winners Defoe and Zabeel Prince will be aimed at the prestigious Dubai World Cup meeting at Meydan in March 2020 after successful breakthrough campaigns at Group 1 level.
Goodwood may have been more low-key for the yard than in previous years but the lightly-raced Aktau ensured there was at least one major positive to take from the five days on the downs.
Victories for Farzeen and Edaraat provide jockey Jack Mitchell with a milestone success.
Winners were the order of the day with Cape Byron adding to Defoe's Hardwicke victory with a scintillating display in the Wokingham Stakes and a winner at Lingfield added to a double at Newmarket to make it five winners for the day on a Saturday to remember for Varian Stable.
Daahyeh was sent off the 4/1 favourite for the Albany following Raffle Prize's victory in the G2 Queen Mary on the first day of the Royal Meeting and she scored in the style of a smart filly to remain unbeaten in two starts.
After five attempts at Group 1 level Mohammed Obaid’s Defoe found his place at the top table at the sixth time of asking by running down Kew Gardens to win the Coronation Cup at Epsom.
At the age of six and on only his tenth start Zabeel Prince posted a career best to win the G1 Prix d'Ispahan under a great ride from Andrea Atzeni.
Nausha comes from last to first to score in the G3 Musidora Stakes on her third start.
In a week when our focus is set on the fillies competing in the 1000 Guineas it was the boys that provide the excitement on Wednesday with an across-the-card treble.
After the three-year-old filly Qabala’s success in the G3 Nell Gwyn earlier in the week it was a gelding twice her age who doubled the yard’s group-race tally for the season back at Newmarket yesterday.