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Name Roger Varian
Location Newmarket
Contact No. tel: 01638 661702
mob: 07879 414664
Address Carlburg Stables, 49 Bury Road, Newmarket,
Suffolk, CB8 7BY
ROGER Varian took over the reins at Kremlin House Stables in February 2011 on the retirement of his mentor and boss of 10 years, Michael Jarvis.

His record in subsequent seasons makes for impressive reading with over 50 Stakes winners already on the board, including eight at Group 1 level.

The win of Kingston Hill in the 2014 St Leger was a real breakthrough for the yard, with colt supplementing that effort with a commendable effort in finishing fourth in the Arc having previously been runner up in the Derby.

That same year, Roger was also responsible for sending out three two-year-old Group 1 winners in Cursory Glance (Moyglare Stud Stakes), Belardo (Dewhurst Stakes) and Vert De Grece (Criterium International). Belardo went on to secure top juvenile honours in the European Free Handicap.

Cursory Glance was also victorious in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot whilst talented mare Ambivalent struck in the Group 2 Middleton Stakes at York in addition to finishing third in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan on Dubai World Cup night.

2015 saw the Varian Stable team send out over 100 winners for the first time in a calendar year with quality again to the fore thanks to pattern race successes by Intilaaq, Steps and Realtra.

The highest rated horse that Roger has trained so far was Postponed who recorded Group 1 wins in the Coronation Cup and the Juddmonte International. 2017 saw Roger make a move to Carlburg Stables in Bury Road, previously the base of legendary Newmarket handler Clive Brittain. The team settled in quickly and the calendar year produced a new high in terms of winners with 109 successes being recorded. The highlights included two Group 1 wins with top class fillies; Nezwaah land Ireland Pretty Polly Stakes and Ajman Princess winning the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville.

Looking back, the signs were always good when Roger’s very first runner, Laaheb, finished fourth in the Group 1 Sheema Classic on World Cup night in Dubai while his first representative on home soil, Eton Forever, stormed to victory in the Spring Mile at Doncaster.

In September 2011, Roger joined the select group of trainer’s to saddle a Group 1 winner in their first season when Nahrain won the Prix de l’Opera at Longchamp on Arc day.

Group 1 success has been achieved with regularity since – with Nahrain landing the Flower Bowl at Belmont in 2012, Ambivalent the Irish Pretty Polly in 2013followed by Kingston Hill’s Racing Post Trophy win in October of the same year.

Roger enjoyed watching racing as a child and when he was 13 he began riding out point-to-pointers for Alan and Lawney Hill, who lived locally. During this time Roger got the racing ‘bug’ and set his heart on becoming a National Hunt jockey.

He worked for Ian and Tockie McKie before moving to the legendary Josh Gifford’s stable where he rode seven winners as a conditional.

Prior to his stint at Gifford’s, Roger spent 10 weeks during the summer working for Michael at Kremlin House and, little did he know at the time that this would be one of the most significant things he would ever do.

He then went to America to take up the offer of a three-month placement with Maryland-based jumps trainer Jack Fisher.

Six weeks into his stay Roger had a bad fall and smashed his wrist, putting an end to his riding dreams. On hearing about the accident, Michael asked him to become his assistant, and the rest is history.

During his 10 years with Michael, Roger helped oversee the careers of Oaks winner Eswarah, five-time Group 1 scorer Rakti, top sprinter Iffraaj and the globe-trotting Pressing among others.

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Recent Runners
Race Date Race Time Horse Posn Price
08-12-2018 1815 Nabbeyl (IRE) 2 9/4F
05-12-2018 1900 Raaqyah (USA) 5 7/1
05-12-2018 1745 Mosakhar 4 2/1
03-12-2018 1845 Contrive (IRE) 1 7/2
03-12-2018 1715 Proceed (IRE) 2 9/2
01-12-2018 1745 Moraawed 2 7/4F
29-11-2018 1915 Tammooz 3 12/1
29-11-2018 1730 Sezim 2 100/30F
29-11-2018 1800 Manorah (IRE) 1 2/1F
29-11-2018 1915 Tauteke 1 11/4
29-11-2018 1945 Call Me Grumpy (IRE) 11 7/1
28-11-2018 1615 Fabiolla 3 10/11F
28-11-2018 1545 Revolutionise (IRE) 5 11/8F
24-11-2018 1945 Red Desert (IRE) 8 8/1
24-11-2018 1915 Emirates Knight (IRE) 2 7/1
24-11-2018 2345 Contrive (IRE) 1 9/4F
23-11-2018 1815 Geneva Spur (USA) 6 12/1
23-11-2018 1745 Regal Banner 7 14/1
22-11-2018 1705 Backstreet Girl (IRE) 3 1/2F
21-11-2018 1610 Raaqyah (USA) 4 11/2
21-11-2018 1710 Elamirr (IRE) 8 14/1
21-11-2018 1740 Moraawed 4 7/2
20-11-2018 1510 Khuzaam (USA) 2 3/1
17-11-2018 1845 Sezim 2 4/1
17-11-2018 1815 Mackaar (IRE) 1 4/1
17-11-2018 1745 Shagalla 1 11/2
17-11-2018 1225 Time Immemorial (IRE) 11 33/1
16-11-2018 2045 Ideological (IRE) 3 3/1
15-11-2018 1700 Fearlessly (IRE) 3 11/10F
15-11-2018 1945 Wilbury Twist 4 7/4F
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