Horse Racing: Varian hopes for Deglet Noor

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Roger Varian is facing a big weekend of action and Deglet Noor can give the stable a nice confidence boost with victory in the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Fillies’ Handicap at Newmarket.

Varian’s runners are in much better form now after a midsummer blip and the trainer has supplemented Kingston Hill for Saturday’s Racing Post Trophy.

Deglet Noor should reaffirm his string’s health as she bids to strike gold on what will be just her third career start.

She is related to some good US runners but has evidently been something of a slow starter as she did not make her racecourse debut until last month when a narrow winner on the Kempton all-weather.

Varian then turned her out again quickly in a Sandown handicap and she produced a hugely promising performance to claim third behind two more experienced rivals on what was very testing ground.

The handicapper has left her alone following that two-length defeat but she appears to be a filly on the up and while soft ground at Headquarters may not be ideal, it is unlikely to be as bad as it was at Sandown.

Touch The Sky was staying on to good effect all too late on his racecourse bow and he is the pick in the British Stallion Studs EBF TBA Maiden Stakes.

A son of Sea The Stars out of Oaks winner Love Divine, Touch The Sky looks destined for the middle-distance division next year and that certainly appeared to be the case when finishing fourth at this track last month.

That said, Touch The Sky still appears smart enough to bag a juvenile win before Lady Cecil puts him away for the winter.

Spark Plug can take the next step up the ladder in the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Houghton Conditions Stakes.

A winner at Bath on his racecourse bow, he looks capable of more.