Sharja Queen set for Salisbury

Trainer Roger Varian feels Sharja Queen has earned a step up in class for the EBF Stallions Upavon Fillies' Stakes at Salisbury on Wednesday.

Roger Varian, trainer of Sharja Queen

Having chased home subsequent Group One winner Lumiere on her Newmarket debut last summer, Sharja Queen comfortably went one better on her final juvenile appearance at Ffos Las.

An ambitious tilt at the 1000 Guineas proved a bridge too far on her return to action, but she fared better when runner-up at Chepstow in June.

And after having bolted up in handicap company over this course and distance last month, she now tests the water at Listed level.

The Newmarket handler told www.varianstable.com: "Sharja Queen has been training nicely.

"Her handicap win over the same course and distance was very impressive and she deserves a crack at this Listed prize."

Sharja Queen features in an eight-strong field and is the joint-highest-rated runner along with the Ed Dunlop-trained Sagaciously, who turns out a fortnight after winning at Glorious Goodwood.

Very Dashing is an interesting contender for Luca Cumani after she impressed on her most recent start at Nottingham, while Henry Candy's Chain Of Daisies is respected, having won a Listed prize at Newmarket last autumn.

Charlie Hills runs Beauly who he described on his website as 'tricky but talented' adding: "She definitely has the ability to win the race."

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