Roger Varian team hit by bug
Roger Varian will have no runners at York's prestigious Ebor meeting this week due to a bug in the yard.
The Newmarket handler was to run Group One winner Ambivalent in the Yorkshire Oaks, with other stable stars also lined up to head north but Varian is keen to try and get his string back into the best of health.
Aljamaaheer was a notable disappointment in the Prix Jacques le Marois and several others in the yard have returned dirty scopes.
He said: "Mutashaded, Ambivalent and Princess Noor will miss their intended targets (Great Voltigeur, Yorkshire Oaks and Lowther Stakes) at York this week after unsatisfactory scope results.
"Unfortunately they are not the only horses which are not 100% at the present time. We have had a foreign bacteria work its way around a large number of the string causing horses to cough and show traces of mucus.
"This would explain why I have sent out very few runners over the last couple of weeks and will also mean that I will have limited runners over the next fortnight or so.
"As we are in the middle of August it is obviously a very frustrating time to have a cloud over the yard, however, I am sure that the horses will soon bounce back and already I am seeing signs that many of the horses affected are improving.
"I would like to thank my owners for their patience during this time."