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 eleven at Group 1 level.
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.
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.
Source: Roger Varian Website
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Contact details: Kremlin House Stables, Fordham Road, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7AQ
Tel: 01638 661702
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