David joined the yard back in 2004 when we were asked to try and tame the tough but very tricky mare Nina Fontenail. That we did as she went from a rating of 40 to 62 on her way to two wins and twelve places and it was the start of a very successful relationship. Over fifteen years, the number of horses gradually increased which resulted in him becoming our biggest owner and as a partnership we recorded 71 winners together.
Clear star was the wonderful chestnut that was Master Carpenter, a winner on his debut at two over five furlongs, a Listed/Group 3 winner at three, the £150,000 John Smith’s Cup at four and further wins at six and seven. Master Carpenter is now standing at stud and it is such a shame that David won’t see his offspring on the track but we will do our best to try and get a winning son or daughter in his memory. Other highlights were his homebred filly out of Nina, Poetic Verse, winning four times as a three-year-old and Sir Roderic landing five races also at three.
However, what set David apart was the fact that he was the same after a race whether the horse won or lost, his only concern was that they came back safe and sound. There was never a cross word between him and Rod in fifteen years, they were always happy to come up with a plan together and David was very supportive of both James and Patrick’s riding careers as well as being extremely generous to all the staff that worked with his horses.
The thoughts of everyone at Millman Racing is with Ann and Allison and all of David’s friends and family and he will be much missed by everyone at The Paddocks.