Rasima picks up valuable success at Lingfield

Delight for Roger Varian

  • Thursday 01 November
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Rasima gained her just reward for a string of solid efforts in defeat when making the most of a return to a mile in the Ladbrokes Home Of The Odds Boost EBF Fleur De Lys Fillies’ Stakes at Lingfield.

Having chased home stablemate and subsequent Grade One winner Sheikha Reika two starts ago, the daughter of Iffraaj gained just the second win of her career in the Listed contest, after failing to stay a mile and a half last time out.

Although faced with a wide draw in stall 11, the 14-1 shot received a good run through the race, which was also an all-weather fast-track qualifier, before holding fast-finishing odds-on favourite Move Swiftly by a length and a quarter.

Trainer Roger Varian said: “It was very good form behind Sheika Reika. It was probably a mistake backing her up quite quickly over a mile and a half at Newmarket, where she didn’t quite get home.

“I’m really delighted as she is twice stakes-placed and it is lovely she is now a stakes winner. She is the first foal and home-bred, so it is important to get this win on the board.

“If you break well from a wide draw and not use up too much horse you can get into position A and David Egan did a great job.

“Whether she stays in training is a nice discussion to have.”

Dramatic Queen made it two wins in the space of 24 hours as she landed the most significant success of her career with victory Ladbrokes Bet £5 Get £20 EBF River Eden Fillies’ Stakes.

After opening her account for the year under the floodlights at Kempton on Wednesday night, the William Haggas-trained three year old showed no ill effects when backing up in the one-mile-five Listed prize.

Racing just off the pace, the daughter of Kitten’s Joy forged on well when asked for maximum effort to defeat Alwaysandforever by a length to complete a double for winning rider James Doyle, who had earlier been successful aboard the Hugo Palmer-trained Never Back Down.

Maureen Haggas, assistant to her husband, said of the 11-4 victor: “William was dead keen on running her. None of the rest of us were that sure.

“It looked a fairly open race. Both races looked winnable and she had not run for a bit. She has got all winter to get over it.

“She stayed at Kempton last night. I looked at her this morning and she had eaten everything and was as sound as a pound.

“She has not been over-raced, but she will have a nice holiday now as she has deserved it.”

Haggas made it a double – and Doyle a hat-trick – when 5-4 favourite Listen To The Wind came home three-quarters of a length to the good in the Ladbrokes Bet £5 Get £20/British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes.

Doyle said: “It could have been better. I think all three winners should have won, but Move Swiftly should have won as well, so that is a bit disappointing. It is nice to ride three winners, though, as it brightens up the day.”

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