For a trainer that has landed 950 winners in his career, it is remarkable to think that Roger Varian only has one British Classic victory to his name.
It was Kingston Hill that recorded that success for the 42-year-old, landing the St Leger Stakes at Doncaster back in 2014.
The Newmarket trainer could land his second Classic victory on British soil in this year’s Epsom Derby with the 17-time Grade 1 winner holding eight entries, four of which could well be in the frame come June.
Royal Champion (33/1) is the standout contender from the Varian stable, with his sole start in September making impressions.
The three-year-old colt got the better of Godolphin runner Toromona on his debut at Newmarket, winning by length and a quarter.
His pedigree is stunning. By Shamardal and out of Dubawi’s half-sister Emirates Queen, it’s safe to say there is a lot of expectation on Royal Champion.
Greatgadian (66/1) ran on well to win by four lengths on his last start in September while the unraced Bashosh (66/1) has an interesting pedigree, as he is the son of Dubawi and full brother to Pretty Polly Stakes winner Nezwaah.
Could Roger Varian see a maiden success in the Derby? He continues to improve every season and a victory here could signal the progress his yard has made in recent years.