News About Roger Varian

2017 Caulfield Cup Weights: Hartnell 58kg Top Weight

2017 Caulfield Cup Weights: Hartnell 58kg Top Weight

Pre-post favourite Hartnell has been allocated the 58kg top weight for the Caulfield Cup 2017, handicaps for it and the Melbourne Cup both announced by Racing Victoria today. It has been a decade since weights for both the famous Spring Cup features were released on the same day and, in another big announcement, chief handicapper…

Max Dynamite Hurdles Towards 2016 Melbourne Cup

Max Dynamite Hurdles Towards 2016 Melbourne Cup

William Mullins’ Irish galloper Max Dynamite will miss this week’s Goodwood Cup Carnival and instead look to put himself in the Melbourne Cup 2016 frame via a hurdle run on Wednesday at home. The French-bred Great Journey gelding ran a brave second in last year’s Galway Hurdle (3219m) before success in the Group 2 Lonsdale…

2014 Hong Kong Cup Barrier Draw – Criterion in Wide

2014 Hong Kong Cup Barrier Draw – Criterion in Wide

The Group 1 Hong Kong Cup (2000m) is one of four races running at Sha Tin Racecourse this Sunday, making up the Hong Kong International Race Day. Criterion’s chances at winning the HK$25 million race for Australia have been made that much harder after drawing awkwardly in barrier nine. The four-year-old was the last horse…

Atzeni Happy with Farraaj Ahead of 2014 Hong Kong Cup

Atzeni Happy with Farraaj Ahead of 2014 Hong Kong Cup

13 of the world’s best stayers will contest the Group 1 Hong Kong Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin on December 14, including the Roger Varian-trained Farraaj. The five-year-old gelding travelled to Australia during the spring from his home ground of Britain but only got one start, in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) on November…

2015 The Championships on the Cards for Red Cadeaux

2015 The Championships on the Cards for Red Cadeaux

Red Cadeaux and Farraaj have both left Australia for Hong Kong to take part in the international meeting but a return to the country early next year could be on the cards. Connections of both horses, who travelled to Australia in the spring for a tilt in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) and Group…

Will My Ambivalent Become the First Mare in a Decade to win the Melbourne Cup?

Will My Ambivalent Become the First Mare in a Decade to win the Melbourne Cup?

Finishing outside the places in an impressive 2014 campaign so-far, classy mare My Ambivalent has been confirmed as one of only three mares in the final field for Tuesday’s featured Group 1 Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse. Contesting a commendable race record of five wins and six minor places from just 16 competitive starts so…

Varian Won’t Begrudge Red Cadeaux’s 2014 Melbourne Cup Win

Varian Won’t Begrudge Red Cadeaux’s 2014 Melbourne Cup Win

It would appear Red Cadeaux is the sentimental favourite to win the 2014 Melbourne Cup among the other trainers. Marco Botti, who will saddle up Seismos, has already stated he would be happy to see the Ed Dunlop-trained British stayer win the Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) on Tuesday if his own horse couldn’t…

My Ambivalent Fit for 2014 Melbourne Cup Bid

My Ambivalent Fit for 2014 Melbourne Cup Bid

A stone bruise may have ruled her out of a shot at the Caulfield Cup a fortnight ago but UK trainer Roger Varian is confident his classy mare My Ambivalent is fit and ready to go in the Melbourne Cup 2014. Original plans with the daughter of Authorized were to bring her down under on…

2014 Mackinnon Stakes Results: Happy Trails Wins 5th for Oliver

2014 Mackinnon Stakes Results: Happy Trails Wins 5th for Oliver

One of Australia’s premier hoops Damien Oliver celebrated his fifth Mackinnon Stakes victory on Victoria Derby Day this afternoon with the always honest Happy Trails atoning for a luckless Cox Plate run seven days ago with his third Group 1 success. Oliver has ridden four previous Mackinnon Stakes winners over the years and today was…

My Ambivalent’s Quirks No Concern for Melbourne Cup Run

My Ambivalent’s Quirks No Concern for Melbourne Cup Run

UK trainer Roger Varian arrived at Werribee, where his Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) hopeful My Ambivalent is stabled, for the first time today. The six-year-old mare’s quirky behaviour and antics over the past month have been well documented, but Varian is pleased by the news. The trainer said it was simply part of…