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Roger Varian's Ambivalent in Middleton Stakes frame

Last Updated: 02/04/14 2:43pm

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Ambivalent (far right): Middleton Stakes entry

Ambivalent (far right): Middleton Stakes entry

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Ambivalent is one of 28 entries in the Betfred Middleton Stakes at York on May 15 on the back of a career-best run in Dubai on Saturday.

Already a Group One winner in the Pretty Polly in Ireland last summer, Ambivalent was third against the boys in the Sheema Classic.

"She arrived back from Dubai on Monday evening. She has taken the race and journey well," said trainer Roger Varian.

"She needed a career-best to feature in a race of Saturday's nature and she produced one. We were delighted.

"We'll see how she is over the next couple of weeks before making any plans - she is a high-class mare and all the top fillies' races would be an option for her."

Roger Charlton is also eyeing the Group Two for his six-year-old Thistle Bird.

"The Middleton Stakes is her most likely starting point. It fits in timing-wise and is what I would be aiming for," said the Beckhampton handler.

"She had a winter break and has come back looking well. She is where I want her at this stage."

Irish Oaks winner Chicquita, now with Aidan O'Brien, The Fugue, Secret Gesture, Just The Judge and The Lark are among the possibles.

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