Varian believes in the Third Realm.

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Varian believes in the Third Realm.

After finishing fifth in the Cazoo Derby, Roger Varian believes Third Realm still has a bright future ahead of him.

Last month, the Sea The Stars colt won the Lingfield Derby Trial, defeating Charlie Appleby’s Epsom hero Adayar.

On the day that counted most, that form was flipped on its head, but Third Realm did not disappoint in finishing fifth – and his trainer believes there is plenty to look forward to in the future.

“I believe he would have finished third or fourth if everything had gone perfectly for Third Realm at Epsom. “The winner did exceptionally well and appeared to be a cut above the rest,” Varian remarked.

“I think Third Realm did a fantastic job. He didn’t really manage things for a horse we believed would go around Epsom like a motorcycle – he received a bump in the first furlong and just looked a little out of his comfort zone.

“He got a little unstable around Tattenham Corner because he was a little eager over the top of the hill. You couldn’t see him finishing in the top four for the majority of the race, but he hung in there well inside the final furlong and a half and was nearly fourth.

“I thought it was the run of a horse with a bright future, but he never appeared to be at ease to me during the race.”

On Friday, Third Realm will run in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.

When asked if that Group Two race is a possibility, the trainer replied, “I would have thought that would be too soon, but we’ll see how he is this week – we don’t have to make a decision now.”

Last Friday, Varian entered three horses in the Cazoo Oaks, with outsider Save A Forest finishing fourth.

“The success of Save A Forest came as no surprise to us. She’s getting better with each start, and the circumstances would have been ideal for her,” said the Newmarket trainer.

“I believe she was a little unlucky. (This is a brief piece.)

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