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Queen Of Desire upholds family tradition in Bath feature

‘I’m hoping she’s not done improving yet’, says in-form Varian

Queen Of Desire upholds family tradition in Bath feature

‘I’m hoping she’s not done improving yet’, says in-form Varian

Trainer: ROGER VARIAN
Trainer: ROGER VARIAN Picture:Pat Healy Photography

Queen Of Desire emulated her dam Beyond Desire by winning the Whitsbury Manor Stud British EBF Lansdown Stakes at Bath.

Beyond Desire took this Listed prize in 2012 for trainer Roger Varian, who was in his second season after taking over from his boss, the late Michael Jarvis, and now her offspring has followed suit.


Queen Of Desire was twice a winner over this five furlongs last term and made it three when showing a decisive turn of foot to land the spoils.

Produced with a well-timed run by Jack Mitchell in the final furlong, the 11-4 favourite outpointed the opposition in promising style on her first race since September.

Queen Of Desire Horseform crossed the line a cosy half-length to the good from Gold Filigree, with Heartwarming just a neck away third.

Varian – whose string are very much in form – said: “We’re delighted with that. It’s a race her mother, Beyond Desire, won.

“It was one of my early seasons training. Michael Jarvis trained her as a younger filly and I trained her as an older filly to win this race. It’s quite nice her offspring has won it as well.

“She likes the track, she likes fast ground. She’s a typical improver by that sire (Dubawi) and I’m hoping she’s not done improving yet.”

Looking to future plans, Varian said: “Her mother went from this race to win a race in France over five, the Prix de Saint-Georges. That might be an option. Group races over five furlongs are limited for fillies, so she may have to go against the boys and that will be a bit harder.

“I think she is the first stakes winner produced by the owners from their farm.

“She was a filly that improved all last year and hopefully she will improve all this year.”
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