Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

King of the Hill; Varian's Colt to Scale Heights

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

King of the Hill; Varian's Colt to Scale Heights

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Byline: Garry Owen

KINGSTON HILL can put Roger Varian on top of the racing world with victory the Investec Derby at Epsom.

The Mastercraftsman colt was one of the best juveniles in Europe last season and signed off with a crushing win over Johann Strauss in the everinfluential Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster. He resumed with an encouraging eighth in the 2000 Guineas at HQ a month ago, making eye-catching headway late on to get within five lengths of Night Of Thunder.

That looked a particularly good effort as Varian has always seen TURN TO PAGE TWO 02 Musselburgh 04 Doncaster Worcester 05 Hexham 06 Epsom 08 Lingfield Newcastle 09 Curragh 10 Goodwood Perth 11 Mr Fixit Caspian can burn em' off in the Dash FROM PAGE ONE Kingston Hill as more of a Derby contender who would be seen to even better effect over further.

The colt appeared to handle the tricky Epsom cambers with aplomb during a workout at the track last week and he won't mind a bit of cut in the ground.

Varian said: "He has come out of the Guineas very well. We considered running in the Dante, but at the start of the year the plan was to go for the Guineas and then the Derby and we decided to stick to that.

"We would have liked him to have finished a bit closer at Newmarket but he ran a perfectly good trial for Epsom.

"He deserves to be there. He's a Group One winner and I have no doubt you'll see a better horse now he steps up in trip."

KINGSTON HILL (4.00) has plenty in his favour and he can fend off the powerful challenge of the Ballydoyle battalions.

There is also a tremendous supporting card at Epsom and AL BUSAYYIR (1.35) should get punters off to a flying start in the three-year-old handicap.

Marco Botti's charge has come into his own since stepping up to 1m 2f with eye-catching victories at Beverley and Redcar.

He has been hit with an 8lb hike in the weights for his last success but he remains on the upgrade and should still be well ahead of the handicapper.

BAITHA ALGA (2.05) has made an encouraging start to his career and he can see off some exciting young sprinters in the Woodcote Stakes.

Richard Hannon's colt was runner-up to the useful Winslow on his debut at Haydock but made no mistake next time out when powering to victory in a Haydock maiden. …

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