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Postponed doesn't delay in delivering the goods for Varian

By Ashley Iveson

Roger Varian expressed joy and relief in equal measure after Postponed took his winning run to six in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York, the feature race on day one of the Ebor Festival.

Despite concerns about the well-being of Varian's yard, allied to the five-year-old stepping back in trip, Andrea Atzeni's willing partner answered every call.

King George winner Highland Reel had no response to Postponed's finishing kick and was beaten a length and a quarter in second place, with the unlucky Mutakayyef third.

Varian said of the 15-8 favourite: "He's an incredible horse. The team at home have done a fantastic job - in the last seven days he looks to have blossomed.

"We're not having loads of winners at the moment, so you're never sure. I trusted in the horse's condition and he delivered. I would think it unlikely he'll run again before the Arc - it will give us plenty of time to tune him up for that race."

Atzeni added: "People had doubts about him - I never had."

Idaho enhanced his claims for the Ladbrokes St Leger with a cosy victory in the Betway Great Voltigeur Stakes.

Stablemate Housesofparliament made the running and proved hard to pass, but Idaho responded to Seamie Heffernan's urgings and got up to score by a length and three-quarters.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien said: "Idaho might go up to a mile and six (furlongs), but I'm not sure he'll go much further than that.

"Housesofparliament stays very well and would be happy in the Leger. It seems the logical race for both of them."

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