Callan retainer ends with Varian

Roger Varian has revealed Neil Callan will no longer be retained as his stable jockey for the forthcoming Flat season.

The pair have built up a good relationship over the past couple of seasons, but the Kremlin House trainer has decided he no longer needs a retained rider. He told “Neil Callan will no longer ride as first jockey for me this year.

“However, he will continue to ride for the stable if and when he is available on a freelance basis. I would like to thank Neil for his dedication and hard work over the last two seasons.

“I have enjoyed working with him and we have had a number of good days, most notably his win aboard Eton Forever in last year’s Buckingham Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot – my first winner at the Royal meeting.

“As a trainer I would like a little more flexibility when it comes to jockey bookings.

“It might be that a ’best available’ policy is followed at times. Andrea Atzeni will continue to be given opportunities but also on a freelance basis.

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