THE RACECOURSE might not have been Tokyo, Kyoto or Nakayama, but the Cleveland seaside venue of Redcar will live long in the memory of Japanese riding sensation Yuga Kawada as he rode his first winner on British soil when guiding Star Shield to victory in the 7f novice at the track on Wednesday afternoon.
MASAARR came home fast and late under a beautifully-crafted Christophe Soumillon ride to register a first success at stakes level when landing the Listed Prix De Tourgeville at Deauville on Tuesday, leading home a one-two-three for British-trained runners while becoming the fiftieth winner of the season for the Varian Stable team.
ELASIA produced a strong-staying performance to beat a field of well-bred colts when breaking her maiden at the second time of asking in the 1m4f novice at Newcastle on Tuesday afternoon.
HOWMAN made it two wins from his last two starts with a last-gasp success in the nine-furlong handicap at Yarmouth on Thursday afternoon to continue the bright start to July made by the Varian Stable team.
A SENSATIONAL performance from the Cheveley Park Stud-owned Pilaster spearheaded a Varian Stable four-timer on Wednesday as Epic Challenge, Faadhel and Queen Of Desire also landed the spoils to complete a fabulous summer evening for all of the team.
MUBHIJ put his experience to good use when fending off the late challenge of Algaffaal to open his account at the second time of asking in the seven-furlong novice at Newcastle on Friday evening.
RASIMA will make her first foray into Pattern company when she lines up in the newly-upgraded G3 Hoppings Fillies’ Stakes at Newcastle tomorrow evening.
KAANOON continued on his upward curve when making it two wins from three starts with a comfortable success in the one mile novice at Windsor on Monday evening.
THERE WAS more than one anxious moment, and in the end it was unorthodox, but Daira Prince eventually got the job done and continued the winning thread when landing the feature nine-furlong handicap at Ripon on Thursday.
CONFIDENCE may just be a state of mind, but possessing it in bundles is no bad thing, and an across-the-card treble on the final Saturday before Royal Ascot provided the perfect eleventh-hour boost to the Varian Stable team as Ibraz, Lashabeeh and Queen Of Desire all got on the scoresheet 72 hours before the most important meeting in the calendar finally gets underway.
HOWMAN put his experience to good use when making virtually every yard of the running to break his maiden at the third attempt in the nine-furlong novice at Lingfield on Tuesday evening.
A POWER-PACKED David Egan and a very willing Kaanoon combined to tremendous effect at Wolverhampton on Thursday as Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum’s colt broke his maiden at the second attempt in a thrilling finish to the extended one mile novice.