Racing Report Card: A Roger Varian horse on the up, a trainer to follow and a sad story at Yarmouth

THE racing continued at a low-key pace on Wednesday, but it still threw up a few nuggets to take note of.

We've been keeping a close eye on the action here at Sun Racing HQ and picked out some snippets you may have missed.

A horse on the up ?

Shenanigans – Ayr 4.05

This was an open goal in terms of horses hunting a bit of black type and Roger Varian's filly made no mistake despite a long trip up to Ayr from Newmarket.

Only a £40K buy, she'll be worth plenty more now after scooping this Listed win in good style. Well-backed at 11-10, she made no mistake under Andrea Atzeni, seeing off Exhort by nearly two lengths.

It keeps up the flying form of Varian, and she could be looking to follow up fairly quickly now the black type is in the bag.

It wasn't a strong race, but with conditions to suit she has a bit more to offer than this.

Trainer to follow ?

Michael Bell has his team in superb form. Maxi Boy won on debut at Yarmouth this afternoon, and in doing so it meant Bell had had seven winners from his last ten runners. Some going.

Maxi Boy looked a decent juvenile himself and is now reportedly set for Royal Ascot.

Bell will be hoping he can keep the streak up, with Pretty Pollyanna a big name set to take her chance in the Irish 1000 Guineas on Sunday.

A day of ups and downs ?

It was a real bittersweet afternoon for trainer Tony Carroll at Yarmouth.

He took the opening race with Sir Jamie getting up at 18-1 under a top ride from Tom Marquand.

But it soon turned after it emerged Cloud Nine – who finished sixth – suffered a heart attack back in the stables and despite the best efforts from everyone at Yarmouth could not be saved.

It just shows how cruel this game can be despite the short-lived high felt by the Carroll team.

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