The Benedict Allen

  • Number of horses 1
  • Number of shares 20
  • Average cost per horse 135,000 Guineas
  • Cost per share £12,500
  • Available shares No

Benedict Allen is one of the world’s leading adventurers, particularly known for his solo expeditions through rainforest, desert and the Arctic – journeys famously achieved not with a satellite phone, GPS or any of the usual “backup” but after months training with remote indigenous communities. These and other ventures are depicted in his ten books – including  two best sellers – and numerous television series for the BBC, National Geographic, Channel 5, the History Channel and elsewhere. Benedict is a former Trustee of the Royal Geographical Society and  editor of the definitive Faber Book of Exploration, an anthology of adventurers past and present. According to the Daily Telegraph, one  of only two “great British explorers,” he attracted headlines around  the world last November when he disappeared in the remotest corner  of Papua New Guinea.



Roger Varian has settled quickly into the new surroundings at Carlburg stables, bought last year from Clive Brittain. Roger has invested heavily in refurbishing the yard, bringing it bang up to date in terms of equipment such as an equine treadmill, which is rapidly becoming a standard piece of equipment these days! He has also installed the smartest reception room in Newmarket to welcome owners. He has already built a reputation for his patient handling of his horses, and trained over a hundred winners last season with a first class strike rate of 20% winners to runners and just shy of £2,000,000 in prize money. Roger took over the training of Postponed in 2016 and trained him to win the Sheema Classic and two Group 1 races. This season  he looks to have another top class performer in Defoe.


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