Rod Millman: trainer has his string in fine form
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By James Burn 4:00PM 5 JUL 2016
ROD MILLMAN, who has his string in fine nick, reckons emerging handicapper Marcano has a strong chance of completing a hat-trick in Newbury’s feature race on Thursday.
Owned by The Links Partnership that also races Millman’s stable star Master Carpenter, Marcano faces 11 rivals in the £10,000 Relyon Cleaning Newbury Handicap on Thursday.
He made a fine start to his career when pushing Adaay and Kodi Bear on his debut at Newbury in May 2014 and got off the mark at Salisbury a month later.
However, the son of Arcano had to wait nearly two years for his next win, which came at Bath in May. A trip back to that trick resulted in another victory two weeks ago.
‘Lost his confidence’
“He lost his way, but has come right back to form now,” said Millman, who with 11 winners on the board in 2016 is in place to go by last term’s tally of 16. “We always thought he was going to be our next big horse.
“He was just behind Adaay and Kodi Bear on his debut at Newbury and won nicely next time, but after that he picked up a little injury and lost all of his confidence.”
Devon-based Millman, whose most important horse was star stayer Sergeant Cecil, added: “Marcano has obviously ended handicapping himself very well. I think he should go close again on Thursday as the track will suit and we have a good jockey on board in George Baker.”