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Rod Millman Racing is a family stable based at The Paddocks, near Kentisbeare in Devon.

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Our yard is located in the peaceful and unspoilt countryside of East Devon  with its celebrated milder climate. We have trained over 600 winners, including 47 over jumps, and are renowned for our early season two year olds.

We’re a family orientated business, with friendly and dedicated staff and excellent training facilities where the horse always comes first.

While racing is serious and competitive, it offers an enormous amount of fun and excitement too. If you are thinking of joining us as an owner, or you’d like to come and visit and see for yourself how we do things, then please do get in touch.

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Now Five For Roderic and Three in a Week For Yard

Well the horses have remained in cracking form with three winners in a week taking us to sixteen winners for the year and over £123,000 in prize money so far. Have to start off with the stable star SIR RODERIC who made it five wins for the year in impressive fashion at Sandown this evening. Once again the rain came in time for him but there was no pace and he ended up getting badly boxed in with just over two furlongs to go as the race developed into a sprint. However, he still showed a smart turn of foot to hit the front and as usual had his ears pricked entering the final fifty yards to win comfortably once again. It’s hard to know where the improvement will stop on soft ground, he has already gone up 23lb and although he will face much harder tasks we hope he can win again, especially as he is beginning to get quite a following. While PRESENT ACCEPTED is the complete opposite as he needs fast ground and despite having a summer jumping campaign in mind, he’s had to miss numerous targets due to the wet weather. He was finally able to run again at Stratford on Sunday, where he jumped with fluency unlike most of his fifteen rivals. He hit the front three from home and despite idling, he never looked like getting beat. He still has a very low handicap mark and as long as he finds some fast ground, his winning run shouldn’t come to an end in the near future. GO AMBER GO has been slow to... read more

Sir Roderic Makes It Four

SIR RODERIC has certainly been the yard’s shining light this season and he recorded his fourth success of the year when landing a competitive three-year-old handicap on Eclipse Day at Sandown. The son of Roderic O’Connor was a bit immature as a two-year-old but showed promise in his three maidens before failing to face the kickback on handicap debut at Windsor and he was gelded and put away for the winter. He started his season off 66 back at Windsor on near heavy ground and ran out a cosy winner before following up at Haydock on slightly quicker ground that was softer than the official description. We then stepped up to ten furlongs at Salisbury and although looking the likely winner entering the final furlong, through idling or failing to stay the trip he dropped back to third. Ground was probably too quick when runner-up at Leicester next time but he has certainly got back on the winning trail during a very wet summer, winning cosily at Windsor before coping with the drop back to seven furlongs to power home with his ears pricked on Saturday off 84. Handicapper has raised him another six pounds to 90, twenty four pounds higher than when he started but he still looks like he has more to give and if it keeps on raining he should be able to make it five at some point, although he will be forced into some competitive handicaps – a £30,000 one is a possible on Saturday at Newmarket. Three runners for the yard this evening at Bath and Kempton. Best chance of the night would... read more

Champ at Sandown

Three runners for the yard this weekend and another winner would be nice. The massive CHAMPAGNE CHAMP (5:05 FRI) has been in good form this season, second on his last two starts at Kempton and Salisbury and he just needs a strong pace to chase and he should be back in the winner’s enclosure again. He needs soft ground so makes a relatively quick reappearance and although 1m6f is on the sharp side, the stiff finish should be ideal. As long as he jumps smartly from stall one and gets a decent position, he should run a decent race. On Saturday, SIR RODERIC (1:25 SAT) bids to make it four wins for the year in the opener on Eclipse day at Sandown. He loves soft ground which is why we are taking a chance by dropping him back to seven furlongs, although once again the stiff finish will be ideal. He has gone up 18lb in the weights but his tendency to idol in front does mean that he never wins by far and he could still be ahead of the handicapper so we are hopeful of a solid effort once again. HAVANA BEAT (2:50 SAT) makes a quick reappearance in the Old Newton Cup, he has plenty of weight in a very competitive £100,000 handicap but it will give us a better understanding of the horse on just his second start for the... read more