Front-Running Var Takes Prix de L'Abbaye

Var, a Kentucky-bred son of Forest Wildcat who was formerly in the barn of Bill Mott, registered a front-running half-length win in the Prix de L'Abbaye (Fr-I) under Frankie Dettori Sunday at Longchamp.

Trained by Clive Brittain for owner Mohammed Rashid, the 5-year-old Var was just an average sprinter in the U.S. for Darley Stable. He was sent to Newmarket to see if the change in scene could help and he is now being regarded as a leader in the division.

In his game win over The Tatling and Royal Millennium, Var made all the running, coming under pressure 1 1/2 furlongs from home. But he was not to be denied. The Tatling, who defeated Var at Newbury, came from well out of it to challenge the winner but could not get on even terms. He was one length in front of Royal Millennium in the five-furlong affair completed in a time of :55 on good turf.

Dr John Eaton bred the winner, who is from the mare Loma Preata (Zilzal).

Osterhase was fourth in the 15-horse field.