After a brief career as a jump jockey – he rode seven winners before quitting because of a wrist injury – he became assistant trainer to Michael Jarvis in Newmarket and took over the licence at Kremlin House Stables in March 2011 on Jarvis’s retirement.
He sent out his first runner, Laaheb, to finish fourth in the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan, Dubai, and enjoyed his first winner when Eton Forever took the Spring Mile at Doncaster in April 2011.
The filly Nahrain gave him two Group 1 successes, winning the Qatar Prix de l’Opera at Longchamp, Paris, in 2011 and the Flower Bowl Invitational at Belmont Park in the USA in 2012.
In 2013 Aljamaaheer was his Series stable star, finishing third in the JLT Lockinge Stakes and second in the Queen Anne. He also trained two Group 1 winners that year – Ambivalent came home in front in the Pretty Polly Stakes in Ireland while the highly promising unbeaten Kingston Hill ran away with the Racing Post Trophy.
Kingston Hill could not make an impact in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas, but ran fine race in the Investec Derby to take second place behind Australia and he went one better in the Ladbrokes St Leger in 2014.
Kingston Hill was kept in training in 2015 but injury meant he never made it to the track. Cursory Glance, a leading two-year-old in 2014, stayed with him on the sidelines.
Varian, who spent time in California as a teenager, working for Hollywood Park trainer Frank Garza Junior, has already better fortune in 2016 with the magnificent Postponed.
The five year-old won the Investec-sponsored Coronation Cup in dazzling style at Epsom, having earlier won the Dubai Sheema Classic in Meydan. Then he was dropped back to ten furlongs and landed the Juddmonte International Stakes at York.
Varian also struck with Belardo in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. The same horse was runner-up in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.