Horse racing: Bayside Boy is scheduled to face National Stakes winner Native Trail in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket next month; Roger Varian’s colt won the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster last week, defeating the highly-fancied Reach For The Moon.
The most likely next target for Roger Varian’s talented juvenile Bayside Boy is the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.
The son of New Bay was impressive when he won his first race at Newbury in mid-July, but he was closely beaten by previous Superlative Stakes runner-up Masekela when he returned to the Berkshire circuit for a Listed race last month.
Bayside Boy overcame hot favourite Reach For The Moon in the Group Two Champagne Stakes at Doncaster over the weekend, and Charlie Appleby’s Superlative winner Native Trail won the Group One National Stakes in Ireland.
On October 9, the two are expected to face off in the Dewhurst.
“Saturday was quite fulfilling,” Varian remarked.
“His form appears to be quite strong.” That form is starting to tie in when you look at the space between us and Masekela at Newbury and the distance between Native Trail and Masekela at Newmarket in the Superlative.
“Charlie’s horse wowed us at the Curragh on Sunday, but our horse has only raced three times, and he couldn’t do much more than beat Reach For The Moon in the Champagne. I believe he would have to be classified as a high-class juvenile.
“He’s a horse who can stay for more than seven furlongs, but he’s not slow. He’s a good traveller who’s won a Group Two race that’s often used as a harbinger for the Dewhurst.
“He wouldn’t look out of place in the Dewhurst field, and I’m sure that will be the main objective – but he’s entered in all the big races, so we’ll have to see how he trains over the next fortnight and speak to connections.”
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