Promising stayer Varboss wins stable debut
Oct 09, 2014
Varboss has much to live up to but is on the right track after winning his first start for the stable at Ballarat on Wednesday.
The Street Boss four-year-old is the first foal from former Mick Kent-trained mare Varevees who was a premier French staying mare when notable businessman and breeder Rick Jamieson bought her to run in the 2008 Melbourne Cup.
Varevees joined the stable after she finished 14th to Viewed in the Cup but went sore in her next preparation and did not race again before going to stud.
A winner from 1800m to 3100m, she was a Group Three and dual Listed race winner and was Group One placed in the Prix Du Cadran.
With such a stout pedigree, expectations were that Varboss would stay and now he is starting to realise his potential.
Bought as a yearling for $55,000 and owned David Gillies, he showed promise in his first two race campaigns with trainer Jason Warren, placing at three of six runs, including a fast finishing short half head second over 1800 metres at in March.
On the back of a comfortable win in a 1000-metre Cranbourne jump out last month, he was sensationally backed from $2.50 to $1.90 at Ballarat and was always in a forward position in the City of Ballarat Maiden Plate (1400m)
Passing the 800 metres he pressed forward to share the lead and beat off Gloray soon after passing the 200 metres before answering a late challenge from Dandog to score a half length win, with Gloray fading into third another 3-1/4 lengths back.
Trainer Michael Kent said Varboss would improve as the races got longer and is excited about his future.
"I think he is going places," Kent said.
"He's got good stamina and he a wants a big trip."
Jockey Luke Nolen said the "pedestrian" pace allowed Varboss to race closer at Ballarat and he was impressed with his finishing sprint.
"He sprinted well underneath me, but he is probably a better horse off a faster tempo," Nolen said.
Kent praised Nolen for his proactive ride on Varboss, but is keen for the chestnut to be ridden back the future.
"We will be looking to ride him a bit quieter over a bit more ground," Kent said.