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Achilles Stakes: Roger Varian contemplating Haydock choice for Dragon Image after Duke Of York disappointment | Racing Information

Roger Varian is seeking to give Dragon Image a confidence increase following his below-par reappearance within the 1895 Duke Of York Stakes earlier this month.

The Cable Bay colt gained 4 within the row when educated by Archie Watson final season earlier than happening to supply some wonderful efforts in defeat in a plethora of Group contests, which embody the Commonwealth Cup when Dragon Image crossed the road in first, solely to be demoted by the stewards.

Nevertheless, the four-year-old seemed removed from his greatest when a well-held seventh on the Knavesmire in his first begin for the Carlburg Stables handler and Varian is toying with the concept of a run in Haydock’s Achilles Stakes in an try to get the versatile operator again to his greatest.

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He stated: “He appears wonderful, but it surely was a disappointing run at York no matter manner you take a look at it, so we’re regrouping and we’ll should see how we go subsequent time.

“He’ll get an entry within the Achilles Stakes over 5 furlongs at Haydock and we’ll ponder that. His type is within the ebook from final yr and he is adaptable over 5 and 6 furlongs, however we wish to see him run higher than he did at York. We have to rekindle no matter was lacking at York.”

Teona to overlook Coronation Cup

Varian additionally supplied an replace on Teona, with the Group One-winning filly set to take a seat out the Coronation Cup.

Final yr’s Prix Vermeille winner completed her three-year-old marketing campaign by selecting up a bronze medal behind Yibir within the Breeders’ Cup turf, however as a substitute of creating her reappearance at Epsom, may return in both the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes or Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot and even make the journey to Eire for the Group One Fairly Polly Stakes.

“She will not make the Coronation Cup. She’s simply taking some time to come back to herself, she’s wonderful, she’s coaching properly, however she will not be prepared for a racecourse in time to go to Epsom.

“She’s obtained entries at Ascot and he or she’s additionally within the Fairly Polly later in June.”

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