Roger Varian, born on March 14, 1979 had an immediate impact on horse racing around the world when he took out a training licence in 2011, having ridden seven winners under rules in a brief riding career.
Taking over from legendary trainer and mentor Michael Jarvis, the Newmarket-based handler has already landed more than 100 Stakes winners around the globe and is fast becoming one of the UK’s top trainers.
He became one of a select list of trainers to saddle a Group 1 winner in their first year in training when Nahrain secured the Prix de l’Opera at Longchamp and has had continued success at the highest level over the last eight seasons.
Kingston Hill was a popular winner of the Racing Post Trophy in 2013 for Varian, with jockey Andrea Atzeni taking the first of his four consecutive wins in the Grade 1 two-year-old mile race on Town Moor. He would go on to have more success back at Doncaster, winning the 2014 St. Leger to give the 40-year-old Varian a first British Classic.
Varian has a fruitful partnership with major owner Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum, whose familiar yellow silks with black dots have been spotted at major horse racing destinations all over the globe. Some of his best horses include Zabeel Prince, Laugh A Minute, Cape Byron and Postponed (see below).
Roger Varian is married to wife Hanako Sonobe and the couple have three children - Momoka, Eiji and Reika