Roger Varian began training a decade ago and it’s odds-on that he will achieve his 1,000th trainer in Britain sometime in 2021.
He had a wonderful tutor in the late Michael Jarvis and his strike-rage has ranged between 17 per cent and 22 per cent each year since he took over the licence at Kremlin House Stables in Newmarket on Jarvis’s retirement in 2011.
He subsequently moved to Carlburg Stables – also in Newmarket and the former base of Clive Brittain – in 2017. He has one of the biggest strings in the country.
Varian trains for some of the biggest owners in the world, including Sheikh Mohammed Obaid, and has forged a great alliance with jockey Andrea Atzeni.
Postponed, Atzeni, Sheikh Obaid and Varian. Pic Steven Cargill / Racingfotos.comKingston Hill provided Varian with his first British Group 1 triumph when running away with the Racing Post Trophy in 2013 and the following year would finish runner-up in the Investec Derby before landing the St Leger.
His best horse has been Postponed, who in 2016 landed the Dubai Sheema Classic, Coronation Cup and Juddmonte International in the silks of Sheikh Obaid.
Defoe carried the same silks and won the Coronation Cup in 2019.
Varian has enjoyed major wins in France, Ireland, Canada, UAE and USA. He had four winners at Royal Ascot in 2020 and has a number of unexposed three-year-olds for the 2021 season.
Plenty more Champions Series glory seems assured in the years to come.