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Roger Varian has failed to make a great impact in the QIPCO British Champion Series in the past couple of years.
Perhaps Qabala will put that right for him sooner rather than later.
She looked an exciting prospect when winning on her debut over seven furlongs at Newmarket in late September and confirmed that impression when landing the Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes on her return back at Headquarters in April.
The daughter of Scat Daddy went off 7-2 favourite for the QIPCO 1000 Guineas as a result of the latter success and ran a fine race to be beaten just over a length in third behind Hermosa and Lady Kaya.
“She ran a good race, even if she got a bump going into the dip. It probably didn’t cost us the race, but it definitely cost us momentum at an important stage in the race,” Egan said.
“She really gathered herself up, though, and hopefully has a long and successful season ahead of her, even if today didn’t go 100 per cent to plan.”
Nicolas de Watrigant, representing the filly’s owner HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, was equally impressed with the filly, who had won the Nell Gwyn Stakes her on her seasonal debut. “It’s a huge effort,” the French bloodstock agent said.
“She showed she stays eight furlongs, which is important for the future, and showed a wonderful attitude. But it’s Roger [Varian]’s decision where she runs next and we’re in no rush.”
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