Redcar - William Hill Two Year Old Trophy (Class 1)
In our experience, Rod Millman is one of the shrewdest judges and operators there is, in the racing game. He can train precocious, sharp 2yo’s, especially fillies, and he can train Ascot Gold Cup winners. He’s done exceptionally well with our sprinter Airshow since we moved him back to Rod around 18 months ago, winning 4 races and placing on numerous occasions. He’s back to his best, being Timeform rated 90.
Rod has 17 2yo’s in his care 2022 and since early December he has been pointing this particular filly in our direction. He believes she’s as sharp and as talented a 2yo, that he has on his books. As we’ve received photos and videos of her over the last month or so, we’ve been particularly impressed by her progress. She’s not over big, but that can be a serious advantage in the early weeks of the season. She could be ready for as early as the opening day of the turf season’s Brocklesby Stakes at Doncaster, but more likely, one of Rod’s more local, south-western tracks, in the first two weeks of the turf. She’s 100% GREAT BRITISH BONUS registered, which means she can win a £20,000 bonus for winning pretty much any, regulation, fillies’ maiden or novice Stakes.; you can win up to 3 such Bonuses. She could pay for herself in just a couple of runs, and then look a very cheap filly indeed.
By the exciting, Whitsbury Manor Stud’s, first season, Group 1 winning, sprint sire, HAVANA GREY, she’s bred for speed on her dam’s side too. Whitsbury Manor have housed numerous top-class stallions over the years, boasting their latest star in SHOWCASING. We’ve 3 2yo’s by Havana Grey at MPR and reports on all three are very, very upbeat, he looks like making a significant impact in the stallion ranks this season. His progeny could represent considerable value in just a few weeks’ time. We currently own 1 broodmare at MPR, for a bit of fun and interest, and only this week, we have made an approach to try and book her in to visit HAVANA GREY, should we be able to agree terms.
It’s early days in any 2yo’s preps, however, such is Rod’s confidence in this filly, it’s infectious and we’re very excited about this filly’s potential. She looks perfect for many of the sales’ races that Rod has done so well within the past (Betty’s Hope for instance) and we could easily target some of the early season black type fillies’ races, en route. Rod’s had a black type placed filly in the listed York Marygate Stakes a couple of years ago, the first of the 2yo black type races in Britain.
She looks very fast and very exciting, by all accounts. If she made up into a horse that could win a bonus or two and take us for a day out or two at the larger tracks, it would be of little surprise. In Rod we trust!