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'Second is always a funny feeling': Trainer Roger Varian expresses his frustration after disappointing day one at the Breeders' Cup Roger Varyan admitted he had mixed feelings after the first day in Santa Anita Daahyeh finished second in the $1m Juvenile Fillies Turf in California All the European big guns on Future Stars Friday paid the price for slow starts

By Marcus Townend for MailOnline

Published: 23:06 GMT, 1 November 2019 | Updated: 23:28 GMT, 1 November 2019

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Trainer Roger Varian could not hide his frustration after Daahyeh finished second in the $1m Juvenile Fillies Turf, the best position achieved on a disappointing day one at the Breeders’ Cup for the European raiders.

Daahyeh finished well but could never peg back length and a quarter winner Sharing, who is trained by US-based Brit Graham Motion.

Back in fourth was Jessica Harrington-trained Albigna, who finished fast from an impossible position after a slow star.

Roger Varyan admits he felt dispirited after Daahyeh finished second in the Juvenile Fillies Turf

Roger Varyan admits he felt dispirited after Daahyeh finished second in the Juvenile Fillies Turf

Jockey Manuel Franco got a decisive lead when asking Sharing to quicken off the home turn in the mile race and, hard Daahyeh tried under William Buick, she could never erode that advantage.

Varian said: 'I am proud of the filly but gutted to finish second. Second is always a funny feeling but there were no excuses. I just wished they had gone quicker because then she slides into the race much easier.

‘The winner has got first run and shown a good turn of foot which has probably won her the race.’

Daahyeh apart, all the European big guns on Future Stars Friday paid the price for slow starts and getting too far back.

Arizona, O’Brien’s main hope in the Juvenile Turf, a race he has won four times before, finished fifth to Chad Brown-trained Structor after a slow break left him with a mountain to climb.

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