Roger Varian Stable Tour

    Having started the season in fine fettle with 6 winners in the last two weeks, Roger Varian is looking forward to adding to his tally of group race winners as the season unfolds
  • Wednesday 02 May 2018
  • Stable Tours

ROGER VARIAN’s season appears to be right on track with six winners in the past fortnight and Defoe putting him in the spotlight with an imperious success in the Group 3 Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes at Newbury recently.

That success has led to a supplementary entry for the Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday and there are Group 1 assignments for Altyn Orda and Madeline on Sunday when they take their chances in the Qipco 1000 Guineas.

Impressive Newmarket maiden winner Qazyna is likely to test her Classic credentials in the Pretty Polly Stakes and Roger has strong team of horse being prepared for action everywhere this week.

Varian, numerically, had his best season in 2017 with 109 winners and collected the sizeable total of £1,913,779 in prize money and the highly-ambitious Carlburg Stables trainer will be looking to better those statistics once more.

He said: “The horses are running well and are healthy which is all you can ask for and long may it continue We have a nice cross section of horse and hopefully they can do us proud in the months to come.”

Roger kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about the main firepower in Carlburg Stables.

Older Horses

Ajman King

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 6 starts and currently rated 98. Made a winning reappearance in the City And Suburban Handicap at Epsom (1m 2f) last week when staying on strongly to beat Dash Of Spice by a length off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He won the City And Surbuban at Epsom last week and he is a nice progressive horse who could go a mile and a half at York next. He is at his best on good or easier ground and wouldn’t want it too fast.

Video Form
27 Oct 2017:

Appeared

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Dubawi - Appearance (Galileo)
  • Trained by: R Varian
  • Last Race: York, 14 Jul 2018 15:40
  • Result: 9/19, tracked leaders, went 2nd over 6f out until well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong
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Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 11 starts and currently rated 104. Made a winning reappearance in a handicap at Ascot (1m 4f) in May of last year when beating Batts Rock four and a half lengths off a mark of 91 and best subsequent effort when runner-up, beaten two and a half length, to Rare Rhythm in the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap over that course and distance in June off a mark of 101.

Trainer Says:

He is a bit behind at the moment and he might go straight to Royal Ascot for the Duke Of Edinburgh. He finished second in the race last year from a wide draw and he goes well when fresh as he showed when winning impressively on his reappearance last May.

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Barsanti

Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 14 starts and currently rated 115. Best effort last term when runner-up, beaten half a length, to Idaho in Group 2 Harwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot (1m 4f) last June.

Trainer Says:

He is likely to run in the Buckhounds Stakes at Ascot on May 12. He ran some very good races last year and was a little unlucky in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot where he didn’t get the clearest of runs. A mile and a half is his trip as he doesn’t stay a mile and six.

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Battersea

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 21 starts and currently rated 98. Finished sixth, beaten four and three quarter lengths, to Crowned Eagle on his reappearance at Kempton (1m 3f) in March off a mark of 99.

Trainer Says:

He could go for a Class 2 Handicap over a mile and a quarter at Chester next. He’s on a winning mark but he’s a frustrating horse and has run some sound races in defeat.

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Cape Byron

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 5 starts and currently rated 102. Finished ninth, beaten eight and a quarter lengths, to Benbatl in a Group 3 at Meydan (1m 1f) in January.

Trainer Says:

He could go for a listed race over seven furlongs at Haydock in the middle of May. He has been a bit of a baby but he is a horse with potential and we hope he can show that.

Video Form
11 Jan 2018:

Daira Prince (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 7 starts and currently rated 85. Gained his last success at Leicester (1m) in July when beating Mr Tyrell two and a half lengths off a mark of 80.

Trainer Says:

He could go for a Class 4 handicap at Yarmouth in a couple of weeks. He wants fast ground and will, hopefully, come into his own in mid-Summer.

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Defoe (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of six of his 9 starts and currently rated 115. Unplaced to Capri in the the Group 1 St Leger at Doncaster (1m 6 1/2f) last September but has won his previous four starts which culminated in a three quarter length defeat of Wall Of Fire in the Group 3 Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury (1m 5 1/2f) in August. Impressive two and a half length victory from Danehill Kodiac on his reappearance in the Group 3 Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes at Newbury (1m 4f) on his reappearance this month.

Trainer Says:

He came out of his Newbury win really fresh and well, so we have supplemented him for the Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday. He looked good there and he was very good last year apart from his flop in the St Leger. He’s by Dalakhani out of a Pivotal mare so there’s every chance he will be even better as a four-year-old.

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Ekhtiyaar

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 8 starts including a 6f handicap at Newmarket, and is currently rated 100.

Trainer Says:

He won a handicap at the July meeting at Newmarket last year and we trained him to peak for the Ayr Gold Cup but that was abandoned and he wasn’t at his best when he went to Ascot. We hope he is a Group sprinter in the making and he holds an entry in the Class 2 Handicap at Newmarket on Saturday. He’s a course and distance winner and he ran well at the Craven meeting on his his reappearance so he is likely to take his chance here.

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Emmaus (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 4 starts and currently rated 110. Made a very pleasing reappearance in the Listed King Richard III Stakes at Leicester (7f) on Saturday when scoring by a length and a half from Donjuan Triumphant.

Trainer Says:

He is a very nice horse who is lightly raced but is progressing nicely and put in a career best performance when winning a Listed race at Leicester on Saturday. I couldn’t have been more pleased with him and he is now likely to head to the Group 3 John O’Gaunt Stakes at Haydock in June as he is really effective over seven furlongs.  

Equitation

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 3 starts and currently rated 81. Scored  by three quarters of a length from Stanhope at Yarmouth (6f) last September when last seen out.

Trainer Says:

He has done nothing wrong and won his maiden at Doncaster and a handicap at Yarmouth last season. I will keep him to six furlongs and he will run at Doncaster this weekend.

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Fujaira Prince (IRE)

  • 4-y-o; grey gelding
  • Breeding: Pivotal - Zam Zoom (Dalakhani)
  • Trained by: R Varian
  • Last Race: Carlisle, 7 Jun 2018 20:20
  • Result: Won/7, led 1f, tracked leader, led again 3f out, shaken up 2f out, quickened clear from over 1f out, easily
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Form Profile:

Runner-up, beaten half a length, to Al Mayda on his debut at Windsor (1m 2f) last July on only start.

Trainer Says:

He picked up an injury after his debut at Windsor last July where he was unlucky not to win. He is set to start in a mile and two furlong older horse novice at Wetherby on Saturday.

Video Form
24 Jul 2017:

Mountain Angel (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 9 starts and currently rated 83. Finished fifth, beaten three and a quarter lengths, to Addeybb at Newmarket (1m 1f) in September off a mark of 84.

Trainer Says:

He has only won once but hasn’t done much wrong and finished runner-up on five occasions. He goes for the Apprentice Handicap at Ascot on Wednesday.

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Shabeeb (USA)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 10 starts and currently rated 96. Finished fourth, beaten six and a half lengths, to Royal Line in the Great Metropolitan Handicap at Epsom last week off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He ran well at Epsom last week and he wants a mile and six furlongs now. I am not sure where we go next.

Video Form
30 Mar 2018:
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Shargiah (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: New Approach - Zacheta (Polish Precedent)
  • Trained by: R Varian
  • Last Race: Sandown, 16 Jun 2017 15:45
  • Result: Won/9, chased leaders on inside, switched left 3f out, 2nd 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on well, ridden out
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Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 7 starts and currently rated 97. Completed a hat trick when last seen out when beating Artful Rogue two and a half lengths in a handicap at Sandown (1m 2f) last June off a mark of 89.

Trainer Says:

He could go to York for the ten furlong handicap. He was progressive last season but suffered a setback. He is back now and I could see him progressing further this season in top ten furlong handicaps.

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Sharja Bridge

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 4 starts and currently rated 99. Off the mark with a four length defeat of Rising at Nottingham (1m 1/2f) last August and runner-up, beaten a head, to The Grape Escape at Sandown (1m) in September on his handicap debut off a mark of 95.

Trainer Says:

He goes for Suffolk Handicap at Newmarket this weekend. He is from a good German family that improve with age and I think he will end the year on a considerably higher mark than now if he is the horse I think he is.

Shenanigans (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of her 10 starts and currently rated 98. Finished runner-up, beaten two and a quarter lengths, to Hunaina on her reappearance in a Listed Fillies’ Stakes at Kempton (1m) in April.

Trainer Says:

She will go for the Conqueror Stakes over a mile at Goodwood this weekend. She ran well when runner-up to Hunaina in the Listed Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes and we are looking to get some winning black type with her.

Video Form
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Tomyris

Form Profile:

Winner of two of her 7 starts and currently rated 104. Gained her last success when beating On Her Toes three quarters of a length in a listed Fillies’ Stakes at York (1m) in May off last year.

Trainer Says:

She is likely to go for the Chartwell Stakes at Lingfield on May 12. She won a listed race at York last year and was Group 3 placed. She looks capable of winning Group races over seven furlongs and a mile.

Video Form
12 May 2018:
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Uae Prince (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Sea The Stars - By Request (Giant's Causeway)
  • Trained by: R Varian
  • Last Race: Newmarket, 6 May 2018 13:50
  • Result: 2/15, in rear, headway going well from 3f out, led over 1f out, edged right and headed inside final furlong, kept on
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Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 8 starts and currently rated 97. Gained his sole victory last season on his reappearance at Ripon (1m 2f) in April of last year off a mark of 93.

Trainer Says:

He will run in the mile and a half handicap at Newmarket this weekend. He was gelded halfway through last season and we were always chasing with him after that.

Video Form
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Victory Angel (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 9 starts and currently rated 99. Gained his last success when beating Gulliver two and a half lengths at Yarmouth (6f) in August off a mark of 90.

Trainer Says:

He could go for a Class 2 handicap over six furlongs at Newmarket this weekend. He is a very good horse when fresh and should win more races over six furlongs this season.

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Zabeel Prince (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Lope De Vega - Princess Serena (Unbridled's Song)
  • Trained by: R Varian
  • Last Race: Newbury, 19 May 2018 15:40
  • Result: 13/14, chased leaders. hung left over 2f out, soon weakened, behind and eased inside final furlong
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Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 6 starts and currently rated 109. Made all for a two and a half length victory from Born To Be Alive in the Listed Doncaster Mile at Doncaster (1m) in March.

Trainer Says:

He made a good start to the season in the Doncaster Mile and came out of that race very well. He will go straight to the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury now.

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Three Year Olds

Altyn Orda (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of her four starts and currently rated 103. Made a highly creditable reappearance in the Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket (7f) on her reappearance in April when runner-up, beaten a length and three quarters, to Soliloquy.

Trainer Says:

She is in good form and made pleasing reappearance in the Nell Gwyn Stakes and goes for the 1000 Guineas on Sunday. She should run a good race.

Augenblick (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of both of her starts over seven furlongs and currently rated 80. Made a winning debut at Kempton in October when beating Ortiz a head and followed up with a two length victory from Riverside Walk in a novice event at Newcastle in November.

Trainer Says:

She is a promising filly who has won both of her starts at Kempton and Newcastle. She could go to Chelmsford for a mile fillies handicap on May 10.

Video Form
3 Nov 2017:

Ibraz

Form Profile:

Promise in two starts over seven furlongs at Newmarket and finished third, beaten three lengths, to Aurum on his reappearance at Newmarket in April.

Trainer Says:

I hope he can win his next start and he is a good type for the future. He will be suited by a mile and should stay ten furlongs.

Jamil (IRE)

  • 3-y-o; bay colt
  • Breeding: Dansili - Havant (Halling)
  • Trained by: R Varian
  • Last Race: Salisbury, 4 Oct 2017 14:30
  • Result: Won/7, held up in last trio, headway and switched right over 2f out, ridden in 3rd over 1f out, stayed on to lead final 150 yards, won going away
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Winner of his only start at Salisbury (7f) in October when scoring by two and a quarter lengths from Dance Emperor.

Trainer Says:

We are not quite there yet with him but we are getting there and he is a nice horse for the future.

Kawasir (USA)

  • 3-y-o; chestnut colt
  • Breeding: Speightstown - Bashful Bertie (Quiet American)
  • Trained by: R Varian
  • Last Race: Bath, 4 Jul 2018 19:40
  • Result: 2/2, tracked leader, effort well over 1f out, soon hung left, weakened final furlong
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Placed in all three starts and finished runner-up, beaten three and a quarter lengths, latest at Wolverhampton on Saturday.

Trainer Says:

He has run well in his three starts and finished second at Wolverhampton the other day. He should be able to find a little race before continuing in handicaps.

Video Form
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Lady Momoka (IRE)

  • 3-y-o; bay filly
  • Breeding: Shamardal - Juno Marlowe (Danehill)
  • Trained by: R Varian
  • Last Race: Windsor, 21 May 2018 20:15
  • Result: 6/12, keen early, led 1f, soon settled 3rd, chased leaders over 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Promise on her only start at Ascot (7f) last July when sixth, beaten four and a half lengths, to Jousi.

Trainer Says:

She is a nice maiden filly who is not quite ready.

Video Form
21 May 2018:

Lashabeeh (IRE)

Form Profile:

Runner-up, beaten a neck to Desert Doctor on his only start at Kempton (6f) in November.

Trainer Says:

He is a horse I like and he possesses a lot of speed. Six furlongs looks his trip and he could run at Lingfield on Friday or Doncaster on Saturday.

Video Form
16 May 2018:
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Laugh A Minute

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 4 starts and currently rated 101. Off the mark in a valuable Sales race at Doncaster (6 1/2f) in September when accounting for Danzan by a length and a quarter.

Trainer Says:

He kept bumping into good horses last season and his form stacks up well. We dropped him back to six and half furlongs in the Sales race at Doncaster St Leger meeting and he got off the mark in good style. He will start in the Pavilion Stakes at Ascot on Wednesday.

Video Form
14 Sep 2017:

Loveisili

  • 3-y-o; bay colt
  • Breeding: Dansili - Loveisallyouneed (Sadler's Wells)
  • Trained by: R Varian
  • Last Race: Ripon, 30 May 2018 21:10
  • Result: 3/7, disputed lead early, tracked leaders, effort over 2f out, every chance from over 1f out until inside final furlong, 3rd and held towards finish
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Finished third, beaten seven and three quarter lengths, to Mekong in a novice event at Leicester (1m 2f) last Saturday.

Trainer Says:

He ran creditably when third at Leicester on Saturday and can only improve for that experience. He should soon win his maiden and can progress as the season goes on.

Video Form
30 May 2018:

Madeline (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of her 7 starts and currently rated 106. Finished highly creditable third, beaten three and a quarter lengths, to Clemmie in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket (6f) in September.

Trainer Says:

She goes straight for the 1000 Guineas. She missed her trial but is coming to herself now and could run a big race.

Video Form
3 Nov 2017:

Masaarr (USA)

  • 3-y-o; chestnut colt
  • Breeding: Distorted Humor - Aryaamm (Galileo)
  • Trained by: R Varian
  • Last Race: Newmarket, 12 Jul 2018 16:45
  • Result: 3/12, tracked overall leader far side until led overall over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace
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Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 3 starts and currently rated 88. Started 8-15 when third, beaten two lengths, to Sha La La La Lee in a novice event at Wolverhampton (7f) on his reappearance in April.

Trainer Says:

He is a nice horse and he will go for a mile handicap at Doncaster this weekend, so long as the ground is not too soft.

Video Form
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Narella (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of her 3 starts for Markus Klug. Successful on her debut at Cologne (7f) in July and followed up in a Group 3 event at Baden-Baden in September.

Trainer Says:

She is a nice filly who has had a setback and misses the Guineas but could be a filly for the German Guineas.

Pivotal Man

Form Profile:

Promise in two starts over seven furlongs at Kempton in March and April.

Trainer Says:

He is a nice horse and we haven’t quite seen on the track what he is capable of. I am sure he will be a nice horse in time. He holds an entry at Doncaster on Saturday.

Qazyna (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of her two starts. Impressive three and a half length victor from Feline Groovy on her reappearance at Newmarket (1m) in April.

Trainer Says:

She is a nice filly and she is likely to go for the Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket on Sunday. I am sure she will stay ten furlongs but she is not guaranteed to get a mile and a half so we will see how she goes.

Video Form
24 Oct 2017:

Rasima

Form Profile:

No wins from 3 starts and currently rated 77. Creditable effort on her reappearance at Wolverhampton (7f) in April when runner-up, beaten a length and three quarters, to Beshaayir.

Trainer Says:

She is a nice filly who is yet to win but that day isn’t far away.

Video Form
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Sam Gold (IRE)

  • 3-y-o; bay colt
  • Breeding: Iffraaj - Samdaniya (Machiavellian)
  • Trained by: R Varian
  • Last Race: Ascot, 21 Jun 2018 17:00
  • Result: 17/30, raced centre, mid-division, merged with stands side 4f out, ridden and outpaced 2f out, never on terms, weakened final furlong
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Runner-up in two of his three starts and currently rated 86. Beaten only three quarters of a length by Merlin Magic on his final start at Nottingham (1m 1/2f) in October.

Trainer Says:

He is a nice horse who could go to Newmarket this weekend for a mile handicap. His form was given a timely boost at Sandown on Friday when Sevenna Star won the Group 3 Classic Trial and Merlin Magic won the Esher Cup as he split that pair in a Nottingham maiden as a two-year-old.

Video Form
2 Jun 2018:

Sary Arqa

Form Profile:

Finished fifth, beaten five lengths, to Perfect Thought on her only outing at Newmarket (7f) in November.

Trainer Says:

She runs at Wolverhampton on Wednesday and is capable of winning her races.

Video Form
13 Jul 2018:
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Sheikha Reika (FR)

  • 3-y-o; bay filly
  • Breeding: Shamardal - Screen Star (Tobougg)
  • Trained by: R Varian
  • Last Race: Leicester, 4 Jun 2018 15:10
  • Result: 2/4, led 1f, tracked leader, led again 2f out, soon pushed along, ridden inside final furlong, headed towards finish
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Runner-up in her first three starts last season and impressive three length winner from Ocala on her reappearance at Newmarket (7f) in April. Currently rated 88.

Trainer Says:

She is a nice filly and she could go for the mile listed race at York.

Willie John

Form Profile:

Winner of his only start at Yarmouth last October when beating Humbolt Current two and a half lengths when trained by William Haggas.

Trainer Says:

He is a nice horse who has had a setback and won’t be seen until the second half of the season now.

Video Form
16 Oct 2017:
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