I’m pleased to announce that I have secured the horse, MILROW in a private deal from the flat trainer, Martyn Meade. This athletic son of Tamayuz is a half brother to six winners that include Group 2 winner Star Lahib and six time hurdle winner Canni Thinkaar. Milrow is very well bred and rated 74 on the flat, the horse is a three year old. Picture of Milrow is attached.
I have been interested in this horse for a while and actually looked at him at the recent Tattersalls Sales. I didn’t bid on him though, as we had already secured Mountain Rescue. Milrow didn’t meet his reserve on the day but I was keen to monitor his progress.
I wasn’t really in the market for a further horse at this time but after watching Milrow run at Lingfield on Friday night, I just had to make the call. Milrow ran in a 3yo only, 0-80 event over one mile four. The race has been classed as the best 3yo contest over the winter months. Three previous winners lined up from the yards of Roger Varian, John Gosden and Richard Hannon.
Milrow finished 3rd beaten ¾ of a length. The Roger Varian horse, Kalamata, which had won his two previous races, was 2nd beating Milrow by a short head. John Gosden’s Epsom Day, was back in 6th, he won by 6 lengths the time before and Richard Hannon’s, Jarir was 4th, also a last time out winner.
The form of the race is rock solid, this was a proper 3yo contest and it’s unlikely we will see a better one, until the flat season proper starts.
Milrow was making his handicap debut and stepping up in trip to one mile four. In all his other previous races, Milrow was the last horse off the bridle in each race, (these can be watched on the Attheraces website). I’ve not seen a horse travel so strongly for a long time. Towards the end of his races, Milrow was just keeping on at the same pace though and kept getting picked up in the final furlong.
It’s now apparent that Milrow was running over inadequate trips and needed a step up in distance, as was indicated on Friday night. Our new recruit was held on to this time and cantered through the race on the bridle, three out he was still last but swinging away with every other horse being pushed along in front. A gap appeared and jockey Robert Havlin asked Milrow to go and he took off like a scalded cat showing a brilliant turn of foot, however his run was blocked at a vital stage. Milrow failed by ¾ of a length and with a clear run I’m fairly sure he would have won.
Due to the horse proving he stays one mile four strongly at the age of three, Saturday morning couldn’t come quick enough. I put a phone call into Martyn Meade and after a few days of negotiations, I secured Milrow yesterday for a very fair £20,000. I had the horse fully vetted by Rossdales of Newmarket, all legs scanned, breathing checked, lungs, and eyes etc, a full MOT. The horse passed with flying colours.
The reason why Mr Meade was willing to sell the horse is due to the yard only training 2yo horses going forward.
Milrow will be a trained as a summer juvenile hurdler, these races are worth good money but are just about the lowest grade of racing there is. The majority of horses are ex flat that have done nothing and have been running over approx seven furlongs, they can’t win on the flat, so go jumping.
Two good recent examples are Leoncavallo, 68 flat rated, he won 5 juvenile hurdles on the bounce and secondly, Dr Richard Newland bought a horse, called Vosne Romanee who was 63 rated on the level and eleven pounds lower rated than Milrow. Vosne Romanee finished 2nd 2nd 1st 1st in his first four races.
Now that we know Milrow wants a trip on the level he’s also a certainty to win a maiden over that distance. Milrow can be placed to his advantage and pick up a maiden when we wish. The horse is still a colt so we’ll get him gelded in the next few days. The aim is to be up and running for the first juvenile races of the summer, in the first week of June. However we might look to pick up the flat win before then.
I am more than hopeful Milrow will win at least two juvenile races and qualify for the Fred Winter at the Cheltenham Festival in 2017. You never know he could also be a Triumph Hurdle horse. Horses with lesser flat ratings than Milrow have finished placed in the Triumph after turning their hand to National Hunt racing. At the age of just three, Milrow will give us a lot of fun for many years to come.
I’m making 20 shares available in Milrow who cost £20,000.
His purchase price is £1000
Training fees and all other costs until September 1st with nothing else to pay is £1000.
Total price required for a 5% share - £2000.
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