ROD MILLMAN RACING – 2019 HORSES

 

It has been a productive winter for the AW string as we have already had SIX WINNERS and won over £30,000 in prize money before the turf season gets going. The obvious highlight has been getting a hat-trick out of Singing The Blues, while wins from three-year-olds Greyzee, Lady Wolf and Prince of Harts suggest that there should be plenty of winners to come from that age group once again this season. 

As we enter the new season, we have just over 40 horses to keep us busy and hopefully a few of those will emerge to fill the boots of the recently retired Master Carpenter and provide us with the ‘Saturday Horses’ that every yard needs to keep them in the public eye.

Once again, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those owners who have continued to support the yard and our top class team of staff for all their hard work, hopefully it will be another successful and productive campaign.

 

Older Horses

 

Biotic

8g Aqlaam – Bramaputra

Mrs B Sumner & Mr B R Millman 

Now takes the mantle of stable veteran as the 8yo embarks on his seventh campaign. He was back on track last season with 3 wins, rising 19lb in the weights but hopefully he can add to his 7 career successes in 2019.  OR75 

Champagne Champ

7g Champs Elysees – Maramba

Five Horses Ltd

Things have not gone to plan this winter over hurdles but has shown enough that with a change of luck there are more races to be won over obstacles. He also has the option of going back on the flat (3rd on his last run) and he is 7lb lower than his last winning mark in that sphere. OR79 / 126H

Crystal Casque

4f Helmet – Crystal Moments

The Dirham Partnership 

Admirably consistent filly that thoroughly deserved her breakthrough success at Salisbury in August, she was placed on six of her eight other starts. She probably needed her comeback run at Kempton but will give her owners plenty of fun this year. OR67 

Daddies Girl

4f Elzaam – La Cuvee

Daddies Girl Partnership 

Tough filly that won three times as a two-year-old, ending her juvenile campaign with an agonising fourth in Listed Company. She trained on well from two to three even though she did not win, hitting a high of 92 and remained extremely consistent. The handicapper has started to relent and she should soon be back in the winners enclosure. OR83

Duke of Bronte

5g Mount Nelson – Reaf

Perfect Match

A tremendous three-year-old campaign saw him win three races, including a £100,000 handicap at Ascot and he resumed last year with a win at Chelmsford before finishing third in a Listed race at Goodwood. Sadly he picked up a leg injury when only beaten 5L by Marmelo (Melbourne Cup runner-up) in a Listed race at York. The aim is to get him back on track for a late summer/autumn campaign, but the nature of his injury means he cannot be rushed and we certainly still think a lot of this imposing gelding. OR104

 Handytalk

6g Lilbourne Lad – Dancing With Stars

Cantay Racing

Tough gelding that deserves more than two wins to his name. He runs particularly well at Epsom, with three seconds at the unique track and he thoroughly deserves to win a race there, his second last year coming behind subsequent Ayr Gold Cup winner Baron Bolt. OR78

 Hawridge Flyer

5g Sir Percy – Strictly Lambada

Mr Eric Gadsden

Tremendously consistent in his first campaign for the yard and finally got his win on his final start at Newmarket on his favoured soft ground. Unfortunately, has had a slight setback and his comeback might well be later than planned. OR81

Master Grey

4g Mastercraftsman – Market Day

David Little The Links Partnership 

Lovely looking son of Mastercraftsman that got off the mark at Salisbury on heavy ground last April before running some decent races in defeat on ground that was fast enough. He looks well handicapped if he improves for staying distances this season. OR61

Puzzle Cache

5m Phoenix Reach – Secret Queen

Kittymore Racing 

Mare who is learning with her racing and has showed ability in her three novice races. Life will be much easier now she is handicapped and hopefully she will give her owners some fun this summer. OR48

Ragstone View

4g Requinto – Highland Miss

Rioja Raiders 04

Highly strung gelding who does need things to drop right but as he showed when winning at Newbury in June, there is plenty of talent when it can be unlocked. Hopefully he has grown up again from three to four and we can unlock that potential. OR71

Singing The Blues

4g Sir Prancealot – Atishoo

Rod Millman & Andy Smith

Revelation since stepping him up in trip on the AW this winter, racking up a hat-trick over 1m3f-1m6f before finishing second over 2m at Lingfield this week. That may well have been a race that got away as the winner got first run on him but it shows that he is still capable of winning off his current mark. OR66

Sir Plato

5g Sir Prancealot – Dessert Flower

The Tex and Dot Partnership 

Tough front-running gelding that recorded five wins during a very progressive three-year-old campaign and added two more last season with victories at Ffos Las and Bath. When everything falls his way there should be more races to be won as a five-year-old. OR78

Sir Roderic

6g Roderic O’Connor – Begin The Beguine

David Little The Links Partnership

Very useful three-year-old that loved the wet summer of 2016 as he racked up five wins and rose from 67 to 97 in the ratings. A tough 2017, where he never got his ground and ran in all the top handicaps seemed to knock his confidence and it was good to get him back in the winner’s enclosure at Windsor last year. That came over 6f and it’s hard to know what his best trip is nowadays but remains very well handicapped, especially when getting some soft ground. OR70

Spot Lite

4g Compton Place – High Class Girl

Mr Colin Saunders

Had a good three-year-old campaign, winning three times and showed a consistent level of form throughout the year. As a relation to Gladiatrix, who improved again from three to four for the yard, hopefully there is more to come from this sprinter this year. OR59

Sweet Pursuit

5m Pastoral Pursuits – Sugar Beet

Always Hopeful Partnership

Tough mare who improved again from three to four, landing a Ffos Las hat-trick and was unlucky not to win on her favoured soft ground at Goodwood off 80. Unfortunately, she can misbehave in the stalls but when she breaks on terms, it is clear she can win more races if things go her way. OR78

 

Three Year Olds

 

Ardimento

G Roderic O’Connor – Begin The Beguine

David Little The Links Partnership 

Brother to Sir Roderic and he has shown plenty of ability in his three novices on the AW this winter, if showing that he still has plenty of strengthening up to do. With his brother’s penchant for soft ground, we are really looking forward to seeing what he can do on the turf this year. OR67

Bonneville

G Champs Elysees – Aspasi

David Little The Links Partnership

Had a busy winter but has shown he is capable of wining a race with solid seconds at Lingfield and Southwell on his most recent starts and is effective from 1m to 1m4f. OR52

Bonny Blue

F Harbour Watch – Bonnie Grey

Howard Barton Stud

First foal of Bonnie Grey who was placed in Group company for the yard as a two-year-old. She had one run for experience last year and has strengthened up nicely over the winter.

Chizzi

F Coach House – Ziggy Zaggy

Mrs Jane Lovelace

Dam am unraced half-sister to the Group 1 winner Imperial Dancer and has already produced five winners. Chizzi was in training last year and we look forward to getting her onto the track.

Cobweb Catcher

G Swiss Spirit – Sugar Beet

Mr T H Chadney

Strong gelding that is a half-brother to Sweet Pursuit. Showed he can win races last season for Richard Spencer and considering how his sister has improved as she has got older, we are really looking forward to seeing how much he can progress. OR62

Doti

F Charm Spirit – Garanciere

Ms Sharon Kinsella

Has been disappointing in her races so far and we are hoping she shows more when going handicapping. OR38 

Greeley

G Sir Prancealot – Hannah Greeley

The Greeley Syndicate 

Found his feet stepped up in trip and switched to nurseries last year, landing a hat-trick at Leicester, Newmarket and Windsor. The handicapper had his revenge as he went up 21lb in the ratings but he is likely to improve from two to three and as a son of Sir Prancealot, likely to do even better as a three-year-old. OR78

Greyzee

G Zebedee – Curl

David Little The Links Partnership

Dam a half-sister to our stable star Master Carpenter who is embarking on a new career as a stallion. Has done well since stepped up in trip over the winter, winning convincingly over a mile at Kempton in March. May not have stayed 1m2f at Chelmsford but showed a good attitude when winning and there should be more races for him off his current mark. OR61  

Hawridge Storm

G Intello – Aneedah

Mr Eric Gadsden

Strong looking son of Intello that was beaten in a four-way photo on his second start at Ffos Las, sadly ending up fourth but showed that he has plenty of ability. Handicapper has not taken any chances with his opening mark of 82 but his sire’s progeny usually improve with age and it will be interesting to see how he gets on this year. OR82

Julley

F Compton Place – Charpoy Cobra

Mr R A C Toller

Sister to Ladakhi who showed ability for the yard as a three-year-old and the dam is from the family of the useful sprinter Presto Vento. Hopefully she will be able to gain some racecourse experience in the coming weeks.

Keith

G Rip Van Winkle – Serenity Spa

Ms Sharon Kinsella

Dam a five-time winner and a half-sister to the useful performer Brunston. Keith is a scopey gelding that had one run last season and should continue to improve with time and experience.

Lady Wolf

F Kuroshio – Angry Bark

Howard Barton Stud

Has been busy and thoroughly deserved her win at Chelmsford in February, showing a good attitude to win over ten furlongs. Is on a break having finished fourth on her latest start at Lingfield. OR51

Mandocello

G Motivator Serenada

Mr D J Deer 

A mix of speed and stamina in this gelding’s pedigree but made a lovely start to his career when staying on nicely on his debut at Kempton. It will be interesting to see what proves to be his best trip but there are certainly races to be won with this son of Motivator.

Mawde

F Sir Prancealot – Rise Up Lotus

The Mawde Syndicate

Very speedy two-year-old who was off the mark at the third attempt when winning at Bath in June and we were confident of a big run in the Super Sprint before injury intervened. She is ready to go again and hopefully she can make her mark this season. OR79

 Power Seeker

G Power – Eclat Royale

Five Horses Ltd

Did not reproduce his homework on the track last season but has been gelded and given plenty of time to strengthen up. With a mark of just 50, there are races to be won if he puts his best foot forward. OR50

Prince of Harts

G Dalakhani – Reaf

Perfect Match 2

From a family we know well, his siblings Taws and Duke of Bronte making up to be very useful stayers. A sharper type, he managed to have the three qualifying runs as a two-year-old where he showed plenty of promise. Allotted a mark of 70, he made a winning return over a mile at Wolverhampton, where he flew home from the back of the field. He has gone up 5lbs and his pedigree suggests he will only improve going further. The valuable London Gold Cup at Newbury could be an early season target if he wins his next outing. OR75

Ski Mist

F Hellvelyn – Piste

Miss Gloria Abbey 

Dam a 5f winner and a half-sister to the very useful Black Cherry and Boots and Spurs. She was in training last year and will hopefully make her racecourse debut in the coming weeks.

Steeve

G Lethal Force – Club Tahiti

Ms Sharon Kinsella

Extremely tough two-year-old, winning at the second attempt at Salisbury in April over five furlongs and ran consistently well through to the end of October when he got beaten a nose at Newmarket. A 5lb rise for that latest defeat makes things tougher but with such an excellent attitude, there are more races to be won by this honest gelding. OR78

Sufficient

F Showcasing – Good Enough

Whitsbury Manor Stud and Mrs M Slade

Well bred filly that is blind in one eye which meant she took a while to get the hang of racing but won impressively at Salisbury in September. If she continues to go the right way there could be some nice races to be won with this Showcasing filly.

 

Two Year Olds

 

We have a nice bunch of two-year-old to go to war with this season and we have three fillies in Bettys Hope, Es Que Pearl and Daddies Diva who are sharp and will be out in the first few weeks of the season. As usual our two-year-olds tend to improve with experience and this year’s crop will hopefully have long and successful careers ahead of them.

Able Kane

G Due Diligence – Sugar Beet

Mr T. H. Chadney

Half-brother to Sweet Pursuit (five-time winner for the yard) and dam a 7 time winner that was placed in Listed Company.

 Bettys Hope

F Anjaal – Miss Poppy

Mrs Louise Millman

Finished second on her debut at Kempton behind the very smart Lady Kermit but finished three and a half lengths clear of the rest. Showed a good attitude and this filly from the family of Kyllachy should be winning races.

Daddies Diva

F Coach House – Pixey Punk

Daddies Girl Partnership 

First foal. Dam a half-sister to the Listed placed Mosqueras Romance who has produced the useful Rufus King, a four-time winner for Mark Johnston.

Es Que Pearl

F Es Que Love – Pearl Power

The Links Partnership & Harry Dutfield

First foal. Dam unraced out of Super Sprint winner Siena Gold, herself a half-sister to 8 winners including useful sprinters Balmont Mast and Crazee Mental. Showed speed on her debut at Leicester and can only improve for that experience.

Hallowed Castle

G Hallowed Crown – Tagula Mon

Hallowed Castle Partnership

Dam a half-sister to five winners, including 90 rated sprinters Sutton Veny (dam of G3 winner True Valour) and Crew Cut.

 Knights Gate

G Sir Prancealot – Porta Portese

Knights Gate Partnership

 Dam unraced from the family of Majestic Missile and four other black type sprinters.

Magical Force

F Lethal Force – Mythical City

Dam a three-time winner (83) and a half-sister to four winners including Magnolia Springs (Listed winner)

Staycee

F Bated Breath – Under Milkwood

Ms Sharon Kinsella

Dam sister to Clowance, a Group 3 winner who was fourth in the Oaks and runner-up in the Irish St Leger and a half sister to Keys and two other winners.

Tilly Tamworth

F Lethal Force – Bonnie Grey

Howard Barton Stud

Dam won on debut for the yard before going on to be placed at Listed/Group level for the yard and from the family of Lord Kintyre, who won the Super Sprint for the yard.

Woodsmokehill

F Brazen Beau – Zeyran

Mr J F S Laws

Dam a 1m winner by Galileo and a half-sister to four other winners from the family of Grade 1 winner Light Jig.