‘I’m just really in awe’ – Eldar Eldarov awards David Egan the first British classic | horse racing news

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Eldar Eldarov and David Egan win the Saint-Leger

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Written by David Carr

Sunday: Kazoo St Leger Stakes, Doncaster

David Egan was “stunned” after riding his first British Classic winner in the hard-fought and heartbroken Cazoo St Leger.

He admitted that his first thought of crossing the line on brave resident Eldar Eldaroff, in a race 24 hours late due to the Queen’s death, was for Jacques de Broomhead, the coach’s 13-year-old son who died in a riding accident. last weekend.

His success in a 9-2 shot practiced by Roger Varian, winner of the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot in June, was his first Group A victory since winning the Gudmonte International and Dubai Cheema Classic at Mushrif, which Prince Faisal had dispensed with. services this summer.

Had that split not happened, Egan would have been required to race the Irish champion Leopardstown on Saturday, which would have clearly been a conflict with Leger had it run on the intended date.

“When one door closes, another opens,” Egan said. “My relationship with Prince Faisal ended on good terms and we both went our separate ways. Musharraf has had some great shows since then and I’ve always watched him and am a huge fan of him.”

As it was, he was free to lead Eldar Eldarov to a double defeat from Haskoy afterwards.

“It’s been a sad week with all that has happened, Your Majesty and Jacques de Broomhead – we live, but we don’t forget them,” he said.

“I’m amazed. All those other races have been great in the Middle East, but the English classic is something special, especially for Roger Varian, who I’ve been with since I was 15 or 16.

“To win a classic at 23… I never thought I would, but when you ride for such a large stable it can happen. When you see Her Majesty has won this race and you think I did something very similar – I’m just in case Really from awe, everything is so blurry.”

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Roger Varian salutes Eldar Eldaroff and David Egan after winning the St. Leger

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Varian praised the rider in full, and said, “I’m glad for David, you’ll never meet a nice man. He’s real, hard-working, utterly professional, kind in disappointment and in defeat and not obnoxious in victory.”

“I’ve forgotten how young he is and that his best days are still waiting for him. I hope we can be a part of that too.”

Doncaster was an important track for Varian, who sent off his first winner when Eaton Forever took over the Spring Mile here in 2011 and who landed Legere with Kingston Hill three years later.

“Sometimes, the longer you do something, the more difficult things get and the more you crave big successes,” he said. “We only trained for three years when Kingston Hill won, so this is a great success.

“I will make sure to congratulate our wonderful in-house team – they work tirelessly and have as many winners as I do. I am also very grateful to the owner, His Highness Sheikh Khalid. He supports with some beautiful horses.”

Confident of a big run from the Paris Grand Prix in fourth, Farian said: “I quietly thought he had a really big shout out today. Not everyone was surprised by his Paris ride, but he ran really well and pushed the winner Luxembourg all the way in the Champion Stakes, and that was on fast ground, the temperature was 36°C and it was a long ride there, and it was just getting started as the finish line approached.

“His career at Royal Ascot showed he had a lot of stamina, and his career at Nottingham when he was two years old in beautiful test conditions, albeit in a different company, showed that he handled the easy conditions today. The question he had to answer was Whether he was good enough and he did it.”

Varian is hoping for more success in 2023 when he will be campaigning for a long-distance Liger.

“He has great stamina and great attitude,” the coach said. “We have to realize what it is and it can be a very exciting Cup horse for two or three years if it stays fit and healthy, because it has to get better with age.”

Like most days before the two minutes of silence and God Save The King singing, Farian was also reflecting on the death of the woman who owned Dunfermline’s 1977 Leger winner.

“The whole nation mourned the loss of the Queen and everyone in the race was so badly hurt because we really lost our patron,” he said.

“We are so thankful for racing to get ahead today, I think that’s what she wanted. But that’s the family’s sadness and thoughts with them.”

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First published at 4:10 pm on September 11, 2022