MILLMAN RACING CLUB
£250 a Year
Back in 2011 we set up the Rod Millman Racing Club in a bid to give people access to racehorse ownership, promote the yard and hopefully tempt people in to getting involved with their own racehorses.
Over two seasons the Club proved successful, having 10 WINNERS and 31 PLACES from over 100 runners and some members also branched out into syndicates and their own racehorses. With James deciding to retire from riding and switch to a law career, the Club went on the backburner.
However, on the back of Betty’s landmark season we have decided to relaunch the club, with the new name ‘Millman Racing Club’ to mark the fact that it is a true family business with everyone taking an important role. For 2020 Betty will be leading the way, along with an unnamed Twilight Son two-year-old, old stager Biotic and new horse to the yard Totally Committed.
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THE CLUB HORSES
3bf Anjaal – Miss Poppy
Our superstar of a filly that has made it possible to relaunch the club on the back of her £250,000 Weatherbys Super Sprint success and she will be our flagship horse for the club in 2020, hopefully taking our members to some of the top tracks in the UK.
Betty started her career with three seconds in a row before losing her maiden tag stepped up to six furlongs at Chepstow in May. She then went on to win a £20,000 Nursery at Chelmsford, beating tough pattern performer Oh Purple Reign before her big day at Newbury. Under a strong ride from Silvestre De Sousa, she stayed on determinedly inside the final furlong to claim victory on the line and win over £123,000 generating a whirlwind of publicity for the yard which has helped boost our string and will hopefully lead to bigger and better things.
While we got lucky in the Super Sprint, things did not really go her way in the second half of the season, going off a bit too fast in Listed Company at Ripon and then finishing second on her side in the £150,000 Tattersalls October Auction Sales Race but only ninth overall and then her final target got washed away in the rain at Newbury last weekend. However, she ended her season with £145,679 in prize money so we cannot complain too much!
She is now on her winter holidays and hopefully she will strengthen up and train on over the winter. A mark of 89 might be on the high side but she has a good attitude and that should stand her in good stead throughout her career.
9bg Aqlaam – Bramaputra
He has been here since he was a yearling and we even trained his dam Bramaputra, a very decent filly that injury prevented from showing her true potential, so he is part of the furniture here at The Paddocks. Winner of eight races, four of those coming in the last two campaigns shows he retains all his enthusiasm for the game.
Apart from winning the Lady Amateur’s race at Sandown for the second time, he did not have much luck in 2019 and his year ended getting badly hampered in the Amateur Cambridgeshire when looking as though he would go close in the £20,000 event.
He is now on his winter holidays but will be back in work in January with his 2020 campaign geared around making it a hat-trick of victories at Sandown in July but he should provide plenty of fun for our members throughout the year.
7bg Invincible Spirit – Zanzibar
A well-bred gelding who made £100,000 as a yearling, he was a winner off 67 for Clive Cox as a three-year-old back in 2016 and subsequently placed off 72. He then joined Brendan Powell for a hurdling campaign but sadly suffered a serious leg injury on his second start in that sphere back in March 2017.
Having had over two years out in the field, he has had every chance for his leg to heal and stand a racing campaign. With his background in mind, we have been taking things very steadily at home but he is making his way towards the track and hopefully he will be ready to run in December. He may take a few runs to get going but hopefully he will be able to give our apprentice Oliver Searle some experience before the turf starts again in March and our members some nice winter days or nights out at the AW fixtures.
2bf Twilight Son – Nicolosia
A filly picked up for just £3,000, a January foal and by a first season sire, all traits she has in common with Betty. In addition, her sire Twilight Son is by Kyllachy, who is closely related to Betty so hopefully she will be just as successful!
She comes from a very useful German family, her grandam placed in Listed company and she has produced three black type performers, two of those winning as juveniles. While her dam was unraced, she has already produced a juvenile winner by Mukhadram in Europe from two foals so far.
The female German bloodlines provides substance and stamina but the stallion Twilight Son should inject some speed into this filly’s genes. Trained by Henry Candy, he was unbeaten in his first five starts, winning twice as a year-old, before progressing through the ranks at three to land the Group 1 Haydock Sprint. He returned at four to win the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee and he has all the hallmarks of a decent stallion and it would be great if this filly was one of his first winners.