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.
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."