Roger Varian

Roger Varian Trainer

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

Roger Varian’s Best Horses

Postponed was a brilliant three-time Group 1 winner for Varian in 2016, landing the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan, the Coronation Cup at Epsom and the Juddmonte International at York.

The son of Dubawi won over £4.9 million in prize money and in the process beat the likes of Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Found, two-time Hong Kong Vase winner Highland Reel and Irish Derby winner Jack Hobbs.

Varian tasted plenty of international success in 2017, with Ajman Princess winning the Prix Jean Romanet and Nezwaah landing the Pretty Polly Stakes in Ireland, while he also claimed the E.P Taylor Stakes in 2018 with Sheika Reika.

He had a brilliant start to 2019, operating at a strike rate over 20% and landing another Group 1 success with Defoe (Coronation Cup) as well as the Victoria Cup with Cape Byron and the Group 3 Musidora Stakes with Nausha, who will surely have Group 1 targets on the horizon.

Other big race winners include:

Dewhurst Stakes - Belardo (2014)

Lockinge Stakes - Belardo (2016)

Criterium International - Vert De Grece (2014)

Prix d’Ispahan - Zabeel Prince (2019)

Moyglare Stud Stakes - Cursory Glance (2014)

Pretty Polly Stakes - Ambivalent (2012), Nezwaah (2017)

Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes - Nahrain (2012)

Stables used by Roger Varian

Roger Varian spent the first six years of his training career operating out of Kremlin House Stables on Fordham Road in Newmarket, the former home of Classic-winning trainer Michael Jarvis. Varian moved across the road in 2017 to the Carlburg Stables, where Clive Brittain - a multiple international Group 1 winner - had been based. Varian also has a further 60 boxes based at Woodlands Stables, also in Newmarket.

Carlburg Stables in Newmarket, Suffolk, boasts 137 boxes alongside an equine swimming pool, a private trotting ring, five horse walkers and heat lamps. The stables are just a short walk from the historic Limekilns and Al Bahathri gallops as well as Warren Hill.

Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum’s retained rider is the aforementioned Andrea Atzeni, meaning he has a large amount of rides for Varian. His previous big winners for the Varian team include Defoe in the Coronation Cup at Epsom and the Balmoral Handicap on British Champions Day on board Sharja Bridge. David Egan also rides regularly for Varian, having won the Nell Gwyn Stakes on Qabala earlier in 2019.

Roger Varian Horses to follow

Qabala (3yo): At the start of the 2019 season, few were talking about Qabala as a genuine Classic contender. However, she sprang to prominence in the Nell Gwyn Stakes in April when the subject of a huge gamble, returning as the 100/30 winning favourite. The daughter of Scat Daddy would be narrowly beaten into third in the 1000 Guineas and was well beaten in the Irish equivalent. Having won both starts at seven furlongs, she could be one to watch when stepping back in trip at some point this season.

Mountain Angel (5yo): This five-year-old had previously looked fairly exposed as a miler, but Roger Varian looks to have unlocked some more talent from Mountain Angel, who has already won two races in 2019 over the 10-furlong trip. Rated 96 at the start of the season, he improved 10lbs with two victories at Epsom and could now be aimed at the Wolferton Stakes or the John Smith’s Cup at York.

Pierre Lapin (2yo): Varian is not known for his early two-year-olds but looks to have found a gem in Pierre Lapin. He was well supported on racecourse debut at Haydock, going off the even-money favourite. With a confident David Egan on board, he swept past Godolphin’s Visible Charm - who has boosted the form since with a victory at Sandown - to win by 3½ lengths. With Royal Ascot on the cards and a string of potential entries over the next few months, this Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum-owned horse could be worth following throughout his two-year-old campaign.

Willie John (4yo): For a four-year-old who made his debut in October 2017, you would expect him to have had more than five starts in his career. Willie John clearly has had some problems, but finally looks to be getting towards the complete package. Having won novice races at two and three, he ended his three-year-old campaign with a heavy Group 3 defeat at Longchamp. After a disappointing reappearance in March, he put in a much better display to finish second behind Elarqam at Goodwood in May. Despite being put up 8lbs for that run, he still looks feasibly treated off a mark of 106 and could threaten in middle-distance handicaps during this season.

Roger Varian entries

You can stay abreast of Roger Varian’s latest entries via The Winners Enclosure’s racecards, which give up-to-date details on the runners and riders at all UK tracks for the current day and tomorrow.

Our team of experts also provide regular expert horse racing tips and will highlight when Roger Varian has horses entered who they believe have a real chance of victory and are worth betting on.

Free Bets & Offers


⚫️ £30 MATCHED FREE BET IF YOUR FIRST ACCA LOSES + 50 BONUS SPINS ⚫️
*New UK customers only. Min Deposit: £5. Maximum Free Bet: £30. First bet on a Football or Horse Racing multiple with 3+ selections. Overall odds: 3.00 (2/1) or higher. Free Bets available upon settlement of the qualifying bet. This is offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered. 50 Bonus Spins credited on placement of qualifying Acca bet.50x bonus wagering applies as do weighting requirements, bonus Spins only available on selected games and expires 7 days after being awarded. Debit card deposits only (exclusions apply). 18+. BeGambleAware.org. Bet The Responsible Way. Full terms apply. 18+.
Claim Now
🟢 BET £10 AND GET £50 IN FREE BETS FOR HORSE RACING! 🟡
For new customers. Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of qualifying bets. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
Claim Now
BLACK FRIDAY DEAL - GET RACINGTV THIS WEEKEND ONLY FOR £10 PER MONTH FOR A YEAR!
Join Racing TV for just £10 / €12 per month* for the next 12 months - a huge saving for the year of £179 or €228. This offer is available until midnight, Sunday 27th November, so don't miss out.
Claim Now
🔵 £40 IN FREE BETS FOR THE WORLD CUP WHEN YOU PLACE A £10 BET ON HORSE RACING 🔵
NEW CUSTOMERS ONLY. FIRST SINGLE & E/W BET ONLY. £10 MINIMUM STAKE. ODDS OF 1/1 OR GREATER. 4 X £10 BET TOKEN. FREE BET STAKES NOT INCLUDED IN RETURNS. FREE BETS FOR FOOTBALL ONLY. FREE BETS ARE NON WITHDRAWABLE. NO FREE BET EXPIRY. ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS AND FURTHER T&CS APPLY. 18+. BEGAMBLEAWARE.ORG.
Claim Now
🐎 GET £35 IN FREE BETS + A £10 FREE MULTIPLE WHEN YOU BET £10 ON HORSE RACING 🐎
Place a £10 bet on Horse racing at min. odds 1/5 (1.2) — get £35 in free bets + £10 free Horse Racing Multiples Bet. Only deposits via cards will qualify, Apple pay not valid on this promotion. T&Cs apply. 18+.
Claim
👋 50% UP TO £50 WELCOME BONUS 👋
18+ begambleaware.org; New bettors get 50% of deposit up to £50; Once per household; Min deposit £15 (no Skrill/Neteller); Wager a total of 8 times deposit + bonus, with max qualifying bet stake equal to your initial bonus amount; Bonus expires after 60 days; Min odds of 4/5 on singles, or 2/5 per leg for acca; Some bet types excluded; See full terms; See full terms; Terms apply; 18+
Claim Now
🟢 GET £40 IN FREE BETS WHEN YOU PLACE A £10 BET ON FOOTBALL + PLUS AN EXTRA £5 BET BUILDER 🟢
Place a single £10 bet on any Football market, at min. odds 1/2 (1.5) - Get £40 in Free bets on bet settlement, valid 30 days + an extra £5 Free Football Bet Builder will be available to claim from the promotions hub. Only deposits via Cards will qualify. T&Cs apply. Please Gamble Responsibly. 18+.
Claim Now
🟣 BET £10 ON HORSE RACING & GET £60 FREE BETS FOR THE WORLD CUP! 🟣
New UK customers only. Register using the promo code BETFRED60, deposit and place first bet of £10+ on Sports (cumulative Evens+). First bet must be on Sports. £20 in Free Bets to be used on Sports, £10 in Free Bets to be used on Lotto and 50 Free Spins (20p per spin) credited within 48 hours of bet settlement. Further £20 in Free Bets credited 5 days after settlement. Bonuses have a 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS verification and/or Proof of I.D and address may be required. Full T&Cs apply.
Claim Now
🔵 BET £10 ON HORSE RACING & GET A £10 FREE BET FOR THE WORLD CUP! 🔵
18+ / BEGAMBLEAWARE / NEW UK CUSTOMERS ONLY / £10+ DEPOSIT & BET TO QUALIFY / FREE BET VALID FOR 7 DAYS / NO E-WALLETS / PREPAID CARDS / T&CS APPLY
Claim Now
🟠 BET £10 ON HORSE RACING & GET £20 IN FREE BETS FOR THE WORLD CUP! ⚫️
New members. £10 min deposit & bet on sportsbook, placed & settled at 1.5 min odds within 14 days of sign-up. Win part of E/W bets. 2 non-withdrawable £10 Free Bet Tokens: accept in 7 days, valid for 7 days from crediting (ex. E/Ws & Multiples), stakes not returned. Click here for Rules & Exclusions. Bet Responsibly. BeGambleAware.org
Claim Now
⚫️ BET £30 ON HORSE RACING, GET A £30 FREE BET FOR THE WORLD CUP PLUS 20 FREE SPINS! ⚫️
New customers only aged 21+. Minimum deposit £10. Qualifying bet must be placed at odds of evens (2.0) or greater. Get a matched Free bet up to £30 plus 20 Free Spins on Fishin’ Frenzy The Big Catch, credited within 24 hours. Free Bet and Spins expire in 7 days. Additional T&Cs apply. Please bet responsibly.
Claim Now
🟩 DEPOSIT & BET £10 ON HORSE RACING & GET £30 IN FREE BETS FOR THE WORLD CUP 🟩
New UK, IE & Malta customers only. 18+. Min £10/€10 first deposit using Debit Card or Trustly. Place a bet of £10 at min odds of 1.5. Free bets expire in 90 days. Full T&Cs apply.
Claim Now
🔵 BET £10 ON HORSE RACING & GET £20 IN FREE BETS FOR THE WORLD CUP + ACCA REWARDS OF YOUR CHOICE! 🔵
New UK customers (Excluding NI) only. Mobile exclusive. Min stake £10. Min odds Evs. Free bet applied on 1st settlement of any qualifying bet. 30 days to qualify. Free bets expire in 7 days. Cashed out/Free Bets won’t apply. Payment method restrictions. 1 Free Bet offer per customer, household & IP Address only. 18+. T&C's Apply **18+. Choose either Boost or Insurance. Available for in-play/pre-match bets on selected sports. You cannot use specials, boosts, any free bet or any other promotion. A minimum of 5 selections and minimum odds of 1/5 per selection/leg to receive Acca Rewards. Minimum stake of £/€0.05. Max free bet refund of £/€20 per Acca for Insurance. Maximum bonus payout is €/£1,000 per Acca for boost. Free bets, cashed out or voided bets will not qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.
Claim Now
🔵 GET £20 IN FREE BETS FOR THE WORLD CUP WHEN YOU BET £5 ON HORSE RACING! 🔵
18+ New UK & ROI Customers only. Min deposit £5. Min first £5 bet at minimum odds 1/2 to qualify for 1x 20 free bet. Certain deposit methods and bet types excl. Free bet valid for 7 days, stake not returned. Restrictions + T&Cs apply.
Claim Now
🔴 GET £20 IN FREE BETS FOR THE WORLD CUP WHEN YOU BET £5 ON HORSE RACING! 🔴
18+ New UK+IRE Customers only. Certain deposit methods & bet types excl. Min first £/€5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 to get 4x £/€5 free bets. Free bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned. Restrictions + T&Cs apply.
Claim Now
🎩 BET £5 & GET £30 IN BONUSES TO USE ON HORSE RACING 🎩
18+ New customers only. Opt in and bet £5 on any Horse Racing market at odds 2.00+ in 7 days. No cash out. Get 6x £5 Horse Racing free bets + £5 slot bonus, 20x wagering to withdraw max £250. Free bets expire in 24h and bonuses in 7 days. Card payments only. T&Cs Apply, see below. | begambleaware.org | Please gamble responsibly
Claim Now
❇️ UP TO £40 MONEY BACK AS BONUSES IF YOUR FIRST HORSE RACING BET LOSES + £10 CASINO BONUS!!! ❇️
18+ begambleaware.org. New customers only. Min deposit £10. Money back as bonus if first racing bet loses. Wagering: sportsbook 3x at min. odds of 1.40 (2/5), casino 50x. Sports bonus must be wagered before using the casino bonus. Bonus expires 7 days after opt-in. Full T&Cs apply. #Ad.
Claim Now
🔹 GET £30 IN BONUSES FOR THE WORLD CUP WHEN YOU BET £5 ON HORSE RACING! 🔹
18+ New customers only. Opt in, bet £5 at odds 2.00+ within 7 days of registering, no cashout. Get 2x £10 Free Bets, set events at odds 2.00+. Plus a £10 Slot Bonus, selected games, wager 20x to withdraw max £250. 7 day bonus expiry. Card payments only. T&Cs apply, see below. begambleaware.org | Please gamble responsibly
Claim Now
🔷 GET £66 IN FREE BETS FOR THE WORLD CUP WHEN YOU BET £19 ON HORSE RACING 🔷
Full T&Cs Apply. New customers only. Stake min amount of £19 (odds 1.8 or greater) on any sporting event. Promotion available between 14/11/22 - 01/12/22. Max 4 x £10, 4 x £5, 1x £6 Free Bets credited on qualifying bet settlement on selected events. 1x claim per customer. Void, cashed out, partially cashed out bets do not qualify. Each Way bets, system bets and profit boost are not permitted for qualifying bet. Free bets are non-withdrawable & not returned with winnings. Free bets expire after 7 days of qualifying bet settlement. 18+ BeGambleAware.org.
Claim Now
🌟 GET A FREE BET UP TO £35 FOR THE HORSE RACING + 10 FREE SPINS 🌟
If your account has Sportsbook losses at the end of your first day's betting, QuinnBet will refund 50% of your losses as a Free Bet up to £35 (min 3 bets) Plus 10 Free online casino spins at QuinnCasino. Even if your account is up, you're guaranteed a £5 Free Bet Plus 10 Free Spins provided you place at least 1 bet of £10 or greater at the minimum odds. T&Cs apply | 18+ New UK Customers Only | BeGambleAware.org
Claim Now
🔸 BET £10 ON HORSE RACING AND GET £30 IN FREE BETS FOR THE WORLD CUP! 🔸
New Customer offer. Place a min £10 bet on the Sportsbook on odds of min 1/2 (1.5), get £30 in Free Bets. Rewards valid for 30 days. SMS verification required. Only deposits via cards will qualify. T&Cs apply. Please Gamble Responsibly
Claim Now