War Chant's Variation Caps Off Remarkable Season in Aquanita
Mark Smith - Sunday, 9 July 2017

Courtesy of a brilliant ride by Brad Parnham, Variation added Saturday's Listed Aquanita Stakes (2000m) at Belmont Park to his wins in the Group II WA Guineas, Listed Raconteur Stakes and Listed Belmont Guineas to tie up the WA three-year-old of the season award.

While Variation enjoyed a cosy run, WA Derby winner Gatting (Hard Spun) had a torrid run, three deep the trip, and boxed on gamely to finish fourth, beaten just over a length.

Variation took control three hundred metres out and had enough in hand to defeat Western Temple (Dream Ahead) by three-quarters of a length with Jackpot Prince (Casino Prince) a nose back in third.

Winning trainer Stephen Miller said the son of War Chant (USA) will be aimed at the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot in November.

"Tremendous ride, probably 100 out of ten," Miller said.

"Brad knew where he wanted to be, there was no sense giving him any instructions he knows the horse, he got there and the rest is history.

"We were in different waters going to the 2000 metres. Gatting is a tremendous horse in his own right, he has proven that - his win in the Derby was a big effort. He had a harder run than we had today so you couldn't take anything away from Gatting.

"The horse is just a bloody exceptional little horse.

"Hopefully he can get a couple points and he can qualify for the Railway. It's a race I'd say the horse would be a big chance in.

"He's got to improve, he's only doing it against three-year-olds but I think he will improve. He's a sound horse so that's where we are going to head."

Parnham believed the 1800 metre Railway Stakes in Variation's scope, however, he said the 2000 metres was as far as he wanted it.

"I think he's earned his spot in the Railway now," Parnham said.

"He'll probably go there and maybe the Kingston Town. I don't know if he'd go any further than that.

"I think 2000 might have stretched him today He was strong, his class got him through today but he was on empty late so 18 is probably as far as he wants to go."

A maiden when the season began, Variation advances his overall record to 7 wins, 2 seconds and 3 thirds from 13 starts with earnings of $656,650.

A $32,000 purchase by Millfields Park from the Mungrup Stud draft at the 2015 Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sale, Variation is the sixth foal of the stakes-placed Don't Say Halo mare Fleeting Angel.

A sister to the stakes-placed Halo Magic, Fleeting Angel descends from the family of Group II Peter Pan Stakes winner and Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes runner-up, Black Ivory (Pago Pago).

Fleeting Angel has an unnamed 2yo filly by Dick Turpin (IRE). Her 2015 foal by Playing God died after birth. She foaled a Dick Turpin (IRE) filly on August 19 last year and was bred back to I'm All The Talk.

Variation comes from the second Australian crop sired by the Breeders' Cup Mile winner War Chant (Danzig) who stands at Yarradale Stud with his fee in 2017 set at $11,000. 

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