The Darley Dewhurst Stakes in Newmarket are the next most likely goal for Roger Varian’s exciting young Bayside Boy.
Impressive on a successful start to his career at Newbury in mid-July, the New Bay son was narrowly beaten by previous Superlative Stakes finalist Masekela on his return to the Berkshire circuit for a Listed event in the month latest.
This form was well heralded over the weekend, with Bayside Boy beating favorite Reach For The Moon in the Group Two Champagne Stakes in Doncaster, and Charlie Appleby’s Superlative winner Native Trail taking Group 1 honors in the National Stakes in Ireland.
The pair appear likely to lock the horns in the Dewhurst on October 9.
“Saturday was very satisfying,” said Varian.
“Its shape looks very solid. If you look at the distance between us and Masekela in Newbury and the distance between Native Trail and Masekela in Newmarket in the Superlative, that shape starts to tie in.
“We were very impressed with Charlie’s horse at the Curragh on Sunday – but our horse also only had three starts, and there was little more he could do than beat Reach For The Moon in Champagne. He should be. considered as a high class youngster, I think.
“He’s a horse that will stay past seven stages, but he’s not a slow horse. He’s a big traveler and has won a Group 2 race that often points to the Dewhurst.
“He wouldn’t be out of place at Dewhurst, and I’m sure that will be the number one target – but he has entries in all the big races, and we’ll have to see how he trains in the next one. fortnight and talk to relationships. “