Roger Varian Stable Tour

    Roger Varian has already had a season to remember and he discusses his red-hot string which look set to carry him to further glories in the second half of the season, including at this week's July Festival at Newmarket.
  • Wednesday 12 July 2017
  • Stable Tours

There is no questioning that Roger Varian is one of our brightest young training talents and with 11 winners from 33 runners in the past fortnight from his Carlburg Stables in Newmarket’s Bury Road there is little doubt his team are in tip top form.

July has already brought a coveted Group 1 success for Nezwaah in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh and with a seasonal total of 55 to date the season is going swimmingly for the incumbents of Varian’s Newmarket stables.

Roger said: “It’s been going brilliantly and the horses have ran well all year. We are just into July and was have 55 winners and have a Group 1, a Group 3 and a number of Listed race winners. They have been consistent and as a trainer that is exactly what you want.

“We can’t change the ability of our horses but thankfully we have some nice ones and they are hitting the line hard and even if they are not winning they are running well which is what we want to see.”

Roger kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about those he hopes can swell his tally further in the second half of the turf season, including at this week's July Festival at Newmarket.

Older Horses

AJMAN PRINCESS
4  b f Teofilo – Reem Three
Winner of two of her nine starts and currently rated 107. Scored by five lengths from Elysian Fields in a listed event at Goodwood (1m 4f) in May and highly creditable third, beaten a length and a half, to The Black Princess in the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock (1m 4f) on Saturday.
“She ran in the Lancashire Oaks on Saturday and ran another solid race to finish third to The Black Princess. It looked a tough race on paper and she ran her heart out again. She is entered in the Yorkshire Oaks and we will see how she comes out of Saturday before we make any decisions as to where we go next.”

ALJULJALAH
4 b f Exchange Rate – Ruler’s Charm

Winner of one of her 10 starts and currently rated 95. Beaten only a neck by Excellent Sounds in a Fillies’ Handicap at Haydock (7f) on Saturday off her current mark.
“She ran in a Filllies Handicap at Haydock on Saturday and was beaten narrowly under the welter burden of 10st. She ran on well from a bad draw and hopefully she will soon go one better.”

APPEARED
5 b g Dubawi – Appeared

Winner of three of his nine starts and currently rated 104. Made a winning reappearance at Ascot (1m 4f) in May when beating Batts Rock four and a half lengths off a mark of 91 and finished runner-up, beaten two and a half lengths, to Rare Rhythm in the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap at Royal Ascot (1m 4f) on his latest start in June off a mark of 101.
“He will go back to Ascot on King George Day for a mile and a half handicap. He has done well at the track twice now and he is creeping up the handicap but he should still be competitive – hopefully.”

ATLETICO
5 b g Kodiac – Queenofthefairies

Winner of one of his six starts and currently rated 88. Finished third, beaten three and a quarter lengths, to Pipers Note at Ripon (6f) on his reappearance in June off his current mark.
“Needs cut in the ground but he’s in good shape and can be competitive whenever he runs.”

BARSANTI
5 b g Champs Elysees – Silver Star

Winner of four of his 13 starts and currently rated 116. Put up career best performance when runner-up, beaten only half a length, to Idaho in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot (1m 4f) in June.
“It was a great performance in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot and I am not sure where we are going to go next. The handicapper has put him up to 116 and he could have an Australian profile at the end of the year.”

BATTERSEA
6 b g Galileo – Gino’s Spirits
Winner of three of his 17 starts and currently rated 105. Finished sixth of seven, beaten seven and a half lengths, to Sweet Selection in the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes at Ascot (2m) in May.
“He will be entered in the Ebor and he is likely to have a run beforehand possibly in the mile and six Summer Handicap at Goodwood.”

CENTRAL SQUARE
5 b g Azamour – Lucky Clio
Winner of three of his 11 starts and currently rated 107. Finished 11th of 16, beaten only four and three quarter lengths, to Snoano in the Listed Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot (1m 2f).
“He is going to run in the John Smith’s Cup at York and is in good form. For whatever reason he didn’t face the blinkers at Royal Ascot but still put up a good performance.”

CERTIFICATE
6 ch g Pivotal – Graduation

Winner of four of his 19 starts and currently rated 108. Better effort this term when fourth, beaten two and a quarter lengths, to Oh This Is Us in a listed event at Haydock (7f) in May.
“He could go to Haydock next week for a seven-furlong conditions event. He wants a return to seven furlongs, a turning track and a small field. He didn’t seem to like the Wokingham for whatever reason.”

COMPAS SCOOBIE
4 br g Kheleyf – Fantastic Santanyi

Winner of two of his 12 starts and currently rated 84. Runner-up, beaten a neck, to Poet’s Society at Newmarket (5f) at the end of June off a mark of 82.
“He goes to Newmarket on Thursday and he will win again in his turn. He needs five furlongs and strong pace to aim at.”

DAWN OF HOPE
4 ch f Mastercraftsman – Sweet Firebird

Winner of three of her 11 starts and currently rated 108. Beaten a neck by Lincoln Rocks in a listed event at Pontefract on Tuesday.
“She ran a good race when beaten narrowly in a listed race at Pontefract on Tuesday and is suited by a little give in the ground. Hopefully she can soon go one better in similar company.”

ENNAADD
4 b c King’s Best – Zayn Zen

Winner of four of his nine races and currently rated 113. Best effort this term when runner-up, beaten a neck, to Tabarrak in a listed event at Ascot (1m) in May.
“He came back a bit sore from Ascot having underperformed in the Queen Anne. He could now wait for the Ebor meeting at York and run in the Strensall Stakes over nine furlongs.”

FALAK
4 b g Teofilo – Family

Winner of one of his five starts and currently rated 70. Off the mark at Nottingham (1m 6f) last Saturday when beating Graceful Lady half a length off his current mark.
“He is in good form and we fancied him quiet strongly when he won at Nottingham last week. He is lightly-raced and hopefully can go on from there.”

GIBBS HILL
4 gr c Mastercraftsman – Gold Charm

Winner of three of his seven starts and currently rated 105. Impressive seven-length winner from Zubayr at Kempton (1m 4f) last week off a mark of 94.
“He will possibly be out of handicaps now after being upped 11lb for his win at Kempton last week but he is a fast improving horse.”

HIGH COMMAND
4 b g High Chaparral – Plaza

Winner of two of his nine starts and currently rated 84. Finished third, beaten two and three quarter lengths, to London Prize in the consolation race for the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle (2m 1/2f) this month off a mark of 83.
“He ran well in the consolation race to the Northumberland Plate and he is likely to run in another two-mile event in a couple of weeks’ time.”

KING BOLETE
5 b g Cape Cross – Chanterelle

Winner of five of his 15 starts and currently rated 102. Returned to winning form when beating What About Carlo a neck at Windsor (1m 3 1/2f) this month off a mark of 99.
“He came back to winning form when winning nicely at Windsor recently but I’m not sure where we go next with him at present.”

LAQAB
4 b c Teofilo – Ghaidaa
Winner of one of his two starts. Off the mark at Newcastle (1m 2f) last October when beating Dharoos a neck.
“He will make his season debut this week at either York or Ascot and he is training well.”

MORANDO
4 gr g Kendargent – Moranda

Winner of four of his six starts and currently rated 113. Made a winning reappearance in a listed event at Windsor (1m) this month when scoring by a short head from Stormy Antarctic.
“He won his listed race well and we are in no rush with him. He is likely to run in a Group 3 at Salisbury in August.”

MOUNT LOGAN
6 ch g New Approach – Vistaria

Winner of six of his 20 starts and currently rated 106. Finished third, beaten a length, to Lord Yeats in a listed event at Newmarket (1m 4f) on latest start this month.
“He ran well the other day in the Fred Archer Stakes and he could go to Goodwood for a Group 3 race.”

NEZWAAH
4 b f Dubawi – Ferdoos
Winner of five of her nine starts. Put up career best performance when beating Rain Goddess three and a quarter lengths in the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh (1m 2f) this month.
“She has come out of her race in the Pretty Polly well and she looks great. She is likely to head for the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood next.”

REALTRA
5 gr m Dark Angel – Devious Diva
Winner of seven of her 22 starts and currently rated 105. Successful on her latest outing in a Group 3 contest at Fairyhouse (7f) this month when beating Golden Stunner a length and a quarter.
“She won the Group 3 at Fairyhouse last week and deserves a step up in Grade following that win.”

SHABEEB
4 b c Smart Strike – Sortita

Winner of two of his seven starts and currently rated 96. Unplaced but beaten only six and a quarter lengths by Rare Rhythm in the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap at Ascot (1m 4f) in June off a mark of 98.
“He could run over a mile and six at Ascot this weekend and he could have an entry in the Ebor.”

SPANGLED
5 ch m Starspangledbanner – Zykina

Winner of five of her 10 starts and currently rated 107. Scored by a neck from Mise En Rose in the Group 3 Sceptre Stakes at Doncaster (7f) last September on her last start.
“She could start back in the Oak Tree Stakes at Goodwood.”

SPANISH CITY
4 ch c Exceed And Excel – Annabelle’s Charm

Winner of two of his seven starts and currently rated 83. Finished fourth, beaten four and a quarter lengths, to Goodwood Crusader on his reappearance at Newmarket (6f) in June off a mark of 84.
“He could run in a couple of weeks’ time in a six-furlong handicap. He should have improved from his first start this year.”

ST MALO
4 b g Street Cry – Arkadina

Winner of one of his four starts and currently rated 82. Unplaced when favourite for a handicap at York (1m 4f) in June on his reappearance off his current mark.
“He goes to Kempton this evening (Wednesday) for an 11-furlong handicap and I anticipate him being very competitive.”

SUN LOVER
4 b g Oasis Dream – Come Touch The Sun

Winner of one of his six starts and currently rated 89. Runner-up, beaten a head by Classic Seniority in a classified event at Doncaster (7f) last week.
“He ran another good race at Doncaster last week and should soon get his head in front.”

UAE PRINCE
4 b g Sea The Stars – By Request

Winner of two of his five starts and currently rated 97. Has been gelded since finishing fifth, beaten six and a quarter lengths, to Desert Encounter in a listed contest at Ascot (1m 4f) in May.
“He runs in the John Smith’s Cup. He has been gelded since his last run and I still retain faith that he is a pretty smart performer.”

WADIGOR
4 b c Champs Elysees – Haven’s Wave
Winner of three of his four starts and currently rated 104. Beaten for the first time when unplaced behind Rare Rhythm in the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap at Royal Ascot (1m 4f) in June off his current mark.
“We are not sure where we go with him but he’s a pretty smart horse and inexperience was his undoing in the Duke of Edinburgh at Royal Ascot. He didn’t get any luck in running – it was a bit of a stop start race and he got hampered in the straight. It was one of those runs that you put a line through and he still has a lot of potential.”

WEST DRIVE
4 ch g Sea The Stars – Fair Sailing

Winner of two of his 11 starts and currently rated 84. Gained his last success at Windsor (1m 3 1/2f) in June when short heading Opposition off a mark of 80.
“He could run in a mile and a half handicap in a couple of weeks’ time.”

ZABEEL PRINCE
4 ch g Lope De Vega – Princess Serena
Winner of one of his 2 starts. Off the mark with a three-length victory from Cape To Cuba at Nottingham (1m 1/2f) at the end of June.
“He is a nice horse who won nicely at Nottingham he could run in a mile handicap in about ten days’ time.”

Three-Year-Olds

BAASHIQ
b c New Approach – Fatanah

Winner of one of his three starts and currently rated 83. Creditable third, beaten three and a quarter lengths, to Fatanah on his reappearance at Haydock (1m 2 1/2f) on Saturday off his current mark.
“He is a nice colt who should improve for his first run at Haydock and hopefully progress over middle distances in the second half of the season.”

CALL ME GRUMPY
b g Holy Roman Emperor – Miss Rochester

Winner of one of his five starts and currently rated 78. Landed a gamble on his reappearance and handicap debut at Sandown (7f) in June when beating Endless Gold two and a quarter lengths off a mark of 69 and beaten half a length by Hajjam under a 6lb penalty at Redcar (7f) later that month.
“Potentially he is still on the upgrade and he could run at Carlisle this week.”

DAIRA PRINCE
b c Dubawi – Chiang Mai

Winner of one of his 5 starts and currently rated 80. Scored by a head from Seafarer at Yarmouth (1m 2f) in June off a mark of 77 and fourth, beaten a length and a quarter, when evens for a similar event over course and distance last week.
“He probably was unsuited by the rain softened ground when beaten at Yarmouth last week and can find similar opportunities.”

DEFOE
gr c Dalakhani – Dulkashe
Winner of three of his five starts and currently rated 104. Winner of both his starts this term and most recently scored by half a length from Society Red off a mark of 98 in a handicap at York (1m 2 1/2f) this month.
“He’s a nice horse and is two from two in Grade 2 handicaps this year. We step up to listed company for a race at Hamilton for a race that used to be the Glasgow Stakes.”

DUBAWI PRINCE
b c Dubawi – Flawly

Winner of one of his four starts and currently rated 86. Off the mark with a half-length defeat of Never Surrender in a maiden at Doncaster in April.
“He could run at Ascot on Saturday in a mile and a half handicap. He is just coming back to himself.”

EKHTIYAAR
b c Bated Breath – Bayja

Winner of two of his five starts and currently rated 94. Scored by a head from Poet’s Princess at Newmarket (6f) in May off a mark of 89.
“He goes to Newmarket on Thursday for a six-furlong handicap. The rain has come for him and he should be competitive.”

HORROOB
b c Showcasing – Funny Enough
Winner of two of his 5 starts and currently rated 90. Winner of a maiden and a handicap on the AW at Lingfield (7f) in April and May on latter occasion beating Sea Shack half a length off a mark of 86.
“He was slightly disappointing in the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot but he is better than that and he will bounce back over seven furlongs or a mile. I still think he will emerge into a half decent horse.”

JUMAIRA BRIDGE
b c Invincible Spirit – Zykina

Winner of two of his seven starts and currently rated 97. Failed by only a neck when runner-up to Queen In Waiting on his most recent start at Newmarket (5f) in June off a mark of 93.
“He is a progressive sprint handicapper and I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet. He still has improvement to come.”

LAHORE
b/b c Elusive Quality – Nayarra

Winner of both of his starts and currently rated 86. Scored by a length and three quarters from Liquid in a maiden at Doncaster (5f) in April and having his first run since when beating Quench Dolly half a length off a mark of 83 at Windsor (6f) this month.
“He is two from two and he could step up in grade in the Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.”

MAAZEL
b g Elzaam – Laylate

Winner of one of his nine starts and currently rated 76. Runner-up, beaten half a length, to Delfie Lane at Brighton (6f) on Tuesday off his current mark.
“He needed his first run at Redcar and he ran a good race at Brighton earlier this week. He should soon go one better in a similar event.”

MOUNTAIN ANGEL
b c Dark Angel – Fanciful Dancer
Winner of one of his 5 starts and currently rated 84. Finished runner-up, beaten three quarters of a length, to Afaak at Doncaster (1m) in June off a mark of 80.
“He is a nice progressive horse and he could run at Ascot or Newmarket this week over a mile.”

MUSAAHIM
b g Distorted Humor – Lear’s Princess

Runner-up in both of his starts and beaten half a length by Royal Associate at Doncaster (1m 4f) last week.
“He was just run out of it at Doncaster last week and should soon find his maiden shortly before progressing in handicaps.”

SERENADA
b f Azamour – Serres

Winner of one of his 4 starts and currently rated 100. Finished 9th, beaten eight lengths, to Coronet in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot (1m 4f) on her latest start in June.
“She goes for the Aphrodite Stakes over a mile and a half at Newmarket later in July or a race over a mile and a quarter at York the following week. She is a nice filly and she is better than her Ribblesdale run.”

SHARJA BRIDGE
b c Oasis Dream – Quetena

Finished third, beaten three quarters of a length, to Addeybb of his only start at Haydock (1m) in June.
“He is a nice horse who showed promise on his debut at Haydock and he will run in a mile maiden in the coming weeks but he doesn’t want firm ground. He wants a little bit of give in the ground.”

SHENANIGANS
b f Arcano – Ladylishandra

Winner of one of her five starts and currently rated 81. Finished sixth, beaten six and a half lengths, to Tribute Act at Kempton (7f) in June off current mark.
“She runs at Doncaster on Thursday in a fillies’ handicap over a mile and is a nice filly who is better than her last run would suggest.”

SOLOMON’S BAY
ch c Exceed And Excel – Gentle On My Mind

Winner of two of his seven starts and currently rated 108. Last win in a listed event at Epsom (7f) in June when beating Seven Heavens three quarters of a length.
“He is having a mid-season break and he will be back in stakes company over seven furlongs or a mile from August onwards.”

SULTAN BAYBARS
b g Invincible Spirit – Rock Salt
Winner of one of his six starts and currently rated 89. Runner-up, beaten a length and a half, to Mojito at Sandown (7f) on Saturday off his current mark.
“He ran well in Class 3 Handicap at Sandown last Saturday and we should be able to find a similar race for him.”

TO DIBBA
gr c Dubawi – Rose Diamond

Winner of one of his four starts and currently rated 84. Finished runner-up, beaten a length and a half, to Auberge Du Lac on his latest start at Yarmouth (1m) at the end of June off a mark of 83.
“I ran him at Yarmouth and unfortunately from being good to soft in the morning it turned out to be good to firm and he needs cut in the ground. He is a nice horse in the waiting when he gets his conditions right.”

TOMYRIS
b f Invincible Spirit – Totally Devoted

Winner of two of her four starts and currently rated 104,. Last success when beating On Her Toes three quarters of a length in a listed event at York (1m) in May.
“She is a nice filly and she will go straight for the Oak Tree Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. She ran a good race in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot where she didn’t get home over a stiff mile. I think back over seven furlongs we will see a very strong performance.”

UAE KING
b c Frankel – Zomaradah

Winner of two of his 5 starts and currently rated 90. Scored by three quarters of a length from Machine Learner at Sandown (1m 6f) last Saturday off a mark of 84.
“He is progressing nicely and took the step up to a mile and six in his stride at Sandown last Saturday, he will even stay two miles.”

VICTORY ANGEL
b c Acclamation – Golden Shah

Winner of two of his 6 starts and currently rated 92. Unplaced to Caravaggio in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot (6f) in June.
“He will drop back into handicap company for the valuable sprint handicap at Newmarket this week.”

YALAWIN
b c Lawman – Urgele

Winner of one of his four starts and currently rated 89. Second, beaten a length, to Evergate at Windsor (5f) in May off a mark of 88.
“He is in at Ascot this week and could run there and is ready to resume.”

THE KNOWLEDGE
ALJULJALAH –  ran a cracker from a bad draw under 10st at Haydock last weekend and should soon go one better.
NEZWAAH – pure class and impressive winner of the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes recently who can go on.
UAE PRINCE – gelded since last run and could well start and confirm his home reputation.
TO DIBBA – can make hay when the rains come rather than when the sun is shining.
TOMYRIS – seven furlongs of the Oak Tree Stakes at Goodwood looks tailor made for her.
UAE KING – progressive young stayer who could be the ideal sort for the Melrose Handicap at York.

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