Roger Varian expecting big performance from Nezwaah in the Dahlia

Roger Varian is expecting Nezwaah to run ‘very well’ as bids for her first group victory.

The four-year-old had a mixed season last year, perfoming well when winning a listed prize at Newcastle and most notably not being too far off when seventh in a Canadian group one contest.

She goes into this contest without a prep run, but has been steadily improving and could be one to follow this season.

“I think a lot of Nezwaah and I hope she is a filly we have yet to see the best of,” said Varian on his website.

“She has plenty of speed and acts on quick ground so this is the perfect starting point. I expect her to run very well.”


Aidan O’Brien has never trained the winner of the Dahlia Stakes, he is represented by Somehow today.

The expected favourite is Aiden O’Brien’s Somehow, who diverted her way through plenty of traffic to land a listed prize last week.

The four-year-old has a good record around this trip, and won a group three contest over a mile in Ireland. She is a big player in this competitive fillies and mares event.

William Haggas is represented by Muffri’Ha, who finished third in a Group One contest in Dubai over this trip.

The five-year-old struggled over a shorter distance at Lingfield last time out, and could be better back over 1m1f.

The highly regarded Skiffle makes her first start since July for Charlie Appleby.

The four-year-old who finished fifth in the Oaks, was last seen finishing third over this trip in Ireland and may well be a filly with a bright season ahead for Godolphin.

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