Breeders' Cup 2011: Nahrain Will Supply Roger Varian with Success

Tom LoughreyAnalyst IIINovember 4, 2011

DONCASTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 02: Trainer Roger Varian looks on at Doncaster racecourse on April 02, 2011 in Doncaster, England . (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images)
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The Breeders’ Cup isn’t all about the Classic on Saturday, and Nahrain will prove that by racing to a top-three finish in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf today.

Roger Varian, the trainer for Nahrain who took over for well-known Michael Jarvis earlier this year, has been very successful in his early career.

He’s posted a 20 percent strike rate since taking over. According to Greg Jones of The Guardian, Varian knows he’s not the only reason for his immediate success.

“He was, as he is the first to admit, fortunate in the worst of circumstances earlier this year, when he inherited Michael Jarvis's life's work at Kremlin House Stables in Newmarket following the late trainer's retirement due to ill-health.”

Also cited in the story, is Varian’s tireless work effort and never say never attitude.

“While Sir Michael Stoute reportedly turned down the offer to work on the wet dirt track instead – "would you work your horses on that?" was his reported, contemptuous response – Varian simply sent Faraaj off around the main track and was back in the barn while Stoute was still fuming to no avail.”

Nahrain is unbeaten in four races, and will carry great odds going into the race which carries a $2 million purse.

Here’s a brief recap by Mary Schweitzer of what happened in Nahrain’s win at the Qatar Prix de l’Opera, taken from

“With just a furlong to go, that seam opened and Nahrain shot through to take the lead. Announce was charging on the outside and quickly pulled alongside Nahrain, and the two daughters of Selkirk battled it out to the wire. It took a photo finish to separate the two fillies, with Nahrain coming out on top by a nose.”

Nahrain will prove her late-race abilities once again today.