How old is Roger Varian?
Roger Varian was born on March 14, 1979 so, at the time of writing, is 42 years old. In his younger days, Varian rode as a conditional jockey to Josh Gifford, but a shattered wrist, sustained in a fall while on attachment to legendary Maryland trainer Jack Fisher in 2001, effectively brought his riding career to an end. He subsequently accepted an invitation from Michael Jarvis – for whom he had worked, briefly, before joining Gifford – to become assistant trainer at Kremlin House Stables in Newmarket, a position he would occupy for the next ten years.
However, as Jarvis’ health declined, Varian adopted a leading role in the day-to-day running of Kremlin House, such that when Jarvis was forced to retire, in 2011, he was ideally positioned to take over the training licence. At that stage, he acknowledged the support he had received from Jarvis and his owners, saying, ‘I’ve learned an awful lot off arguably one of the best trainers there’s been. I’m very privileged and I understand that I’m very lucky.’
In any event, Varian made the perfect start as a trainer in his own right, saddling his first winner with his first runner, Eton Forever, in the Spring Mile at Doncaster on April 2, 2011. In his initial season, he saddled 53 winners in all and amassed just over £700,000 in prize money. In 2014, Varian saddled his first and, so far, only Classic winner, Kingston Hill in the St. Leger, but since moving to Carlburg Stables in Newmarket, in 2017, has saddled over a hundred winners in each of the last five seasons.