York: Postponed wins Juddmonte International for Roger Varian

Postponed after winning at York
Postponed has won in France, Dubai and England in the last 12 months

Trainer Roger Varian hailed stable star Postponed after a sixth straight win - in the Juddmonte International at York.

The 15-8 favourite, ridden by Andrea Atzeni, beat Highland Reel by a length and a quarter, with Mutakayyef third.

"He's an incredible horse. The team at home have done a fantastic job. I can't tell you how much satisfaction I feel," said Newmarket trainer Varian.

His stable has been hit by a virus and Postponed was forced to miss the King George at Ascot last month.

Analysis

BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght

"Postponed confirmed himself as the outstanding racehorse in Europe - and amongst the half-dozen or so best in the world - with an unflashy but still most decisive defeat of a field of very good quality opponents here.

"There was plenty of emotion too about the success, the five-year-old's first at a mile and a quarter, commercially the all-important distance for when breeders come to consider him as a stallion.

"Roger Varian spoke of this result as a career highlight, especially because it was achieved despite an infection which is affecting his string and which ruled out Postponed from the defence of his King George crown. It looks like straight to October's 'Arc' next. "

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