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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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Marcano Back In Winners Enclosure

It was nice to get off the mark in May as MARCANO finally found his way back into the winners enclosure at Bath on Friday. The son of Arcano had shown a lot of promise as a two-year-old, finishing third behind Adaay and Kodi Bear on his debut at Newbury before going on to win at Salisbury next time out. Unfortunately he jarred himself up when running in the Sales race at York next time out and hasn’t been the same since. However, he has dropped nearly 20lb in the handicap and has found his level of late, finishing fourth at Bath and Salisbury on his most recent starts. Then with the new hood and tounge tie combination, he found his way into the winners enclosure on Friday and what was most pleasing was the attitude he showed to battle back past the runner-up. Hopefully this win will have boosted his confidence as he remains well handicapped off a five pound higher mark in the future. While May has only seen one winner, we have had loads of places and probably the most frustrating was CHAMPAGNE CHAMP at Kempton on Wednesday evening. A huge horse who is still pretty green, he was unsuited by the steady pace and stayed on too late to be denied a neck. He does need ease in the ground, so it was a positive to see him effective of an AW surface as it does give us more options and he should continue to progress as the season goes on. It was another second for ICEBUSTER at Salisbury on Saturday evening, running a cracking... read more

Carpenter Drops Into Listed Company

It is a busy Saturday with four runners for the yard at three different meetings. Stable star MASTER CARPENTER drops into Listed company at Goodwood in the Festival Stakes (2:15 C4) and it is probably his best chance of getting off the mark since landing the John Smith’s Cup at York. He is second highest rated on BHA ratings (the highest Berkshire has been off for 582 days and another strong rival Kings Fete has been absent for 616 days) and has improved with each start this season, running a cracking race when third in a Group 3 at Chester despite losing a front shoe and is versatile as regards to ground so we are hopeful of a big run. Making her debut at Goodwood is the Hellvelyn filly HELLOFAHASTE (4:00) who has shown plenty of promise at home and has the scope to progress with racing. Generally our two-year-olds improve plenty for that initial first run and she is against plenty of horses from top stables but we are looking forward to seeing her on track. At York Pat gets a rare ride on MIDNIGHT RIDER (5:25) in the amateur riders contest. The veteran had a strong first season for the yard, winning three races and hasn’t been disgraced on his last two starts on turf and handicapper has dropped him a few pounds. Pat’s experience in this kind of contest should stand him in good stead and won’t be too far away. It was a good effort from BLACKDOWN WARRIOR (6:20) when second at Bath last time and he heads to Chepstow. It won’t be easy as... read more

Another Second

A solid effort from SIR RODERIC saw him narrowly denied from returning him and the yard to the winners enclosure as he finished second at Leicester. Given a good ride by Freddie Tylicki from a bad draw, he was chasing the early leader and was in the right place to attack entering the final two furlongs. However, he probably did not quicken as well as he can on the quicker surface and just could not get on top of the opposition. Another decent effort from a promising individual. We bid to get back on the winning trail with APACHE SONG (8:35 Sandown) and COTTON CLUB (2:55 Goodwood) on Thursday. Apache Song has the better chance, she did not seem to stay 1m4f at Bath last time and should be suited by racing against her own sex on handicap debut at Sandown. However, Danilovna is a highly touted maiden winner from the Lanigan yard with multiple group entries yet has only been given a handicap mark of 74 and looks very hard to beat. Cotton Club did very well on the AW but is too high in the handicap back on turf, especially against some well handicapped individuals that have shown useful form over hurdles. However, he is extremely honest and the likely strong pace will suit him so might still stay on for a... read more