Hill fine after Derby exploits
Roger Varian is delighted to report Kingston Hill in good shape the morning after his tremendous run in defeat in the Investec Derby.
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Last year's Racing Post Trophy winner finished a slightly disappointing eighth on his seasonal reappearance in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, but stepped up his game considerably in Epsom's premier Classic to finish a clear second behind hot favourite Australia.
A rematch could be on the cards in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh on June 28.
Speaking on his website, www.varianstable.com, the trainer said: "It was a great run. He has backed up the form of his two-year-old win in the Racing Post Trophy and proved he is up to mixing it with the best.
"He got the trip well and Andrea (Atzeni) gave him a lovely ride. We have no excuses - we were beaten by a better horse on the day and we are incredibly proud of his performance.
"He seems fine this morning - he has a wonderful constitution; has eaten up and been for a pick of grass.
"I'll see how is over the next few days before making a firm plan but at this stage the Irish Derby would be under consideration."
Varian was also pleased with the performance of Group One-winning mare Ambivalent on Saturday's card after she finished third in the Coronation Cup.
He said: "The daughter of Authorized has hit new levels this year and could be one for an international campaign later in the year."