x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Varian unsure on plan ahead for Nahrain after Longchamp win

The trainer of Nahrain, who won on Sunday at Longchamp, is undecided on whether the filly will race again this year.

Nahrain, in yellow cap, wins the Qatar Prix De L'Opera at Longchamp on Sunday.
Nahrain, in yellow cap, wins the Qatar Prix De L'Opera at Longchamp on Sunday.

While the unbeaten filly Nahrain has earned a berth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf next month, plans for her future remain up in the air.

The three year old made it four wins in as many starts in the mile-and-a-half Prix de l'Opera at Longchamp, France, on Sunday to give Roger Varian, her trainer, his first Group 1 victory in his first season with a licence.

Varian is unsure whether the filly will race again this season but given she is owned by Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid, the brother of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, there is a chance she could join the Godolphin team.

"She's come out of it great and we were obviously delighted with her performance on the day," Varian said.

"She is still an inexperienced filly and I think she has done tremendously well to go there and win. I'm not sure what the plans are with her now.

"I will have to talk to connections and we'll go from there. All I can say at the moment is she's come out of the race really well."

Lost In The Moment and Modun both feature among the 79 horses going forward for the 2011 Emirates Melbourne Cup following the first acceptance stage on Tuesday.

The Godolphin pair went into quarantine in Newmarket, England, on Saturday and are expected to depart for Australia on October 15. The AUS$6.2-million (Dh21.8m) Group 1 race takes place over two miles on turf at Flemington on November 1.

Godolphin has had three seconds in the Melbourne Cup - Central Park (1999), Give The Slip (2001) and Crime Scene (2009)

The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Danedream, meanwhile, has the choice of three races for her final run of the year.

Peter Schiergen's three year old waltzed away from a top-class field in Europe's Premier middle-distance Group 1 at Longchamp on Sunday and has now been supplemented for the Breeders' Cup and has the option of the Filly And Mare Turf or tackling the colts again in the Turf over a mile and a half.

If she does not go to the United States, a trip to the Far East for the Japan Cup is possible, with new part-owner Teruya Yoshida coming from Japan.

"She could go for the Breeders' Cup Filly And Mare, for which I think we paid US$25,000 (Dh91,825), or we could switch her to the Turf. The Filly And Mare is the easy option anyway," Schiergen told Paris-Turf.

"However, as she was been sold in part to Mr Yoshida, the Japan Cup is now also an option.

"She would not be able to run in both, we would have to have to make a decision but as yet nothing as been decided. She will tell us where to go.