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Rogue Millennium raring to go as Oaks looms

Tom Clover’s Rogue Millennium is on track for her foray into Group company in the Cazoo Oaks next Friday.

The Dubawi filly is unbeaten in two runs so far, taking her maiden at Wetherby in April before landing the Listed SBK Oaks Trial at Lingfield in early May.

The Oaks itself is the next destination for the bay, who will be supplemented for the fillies’ Classic on Saturday after her owners, The Rogues Gallery, collectively agreed to pay the £30,000 required to enter at the final opportunity.

Rogue Millennium will face a high-class field for the Group One showpiece, with John and Thady Gosden’s Emily Upjohn the current favourite and her stablemate Nashwa also well-fancied.

Jack Mitchell and Rogue Millennium after their Oaks trial success
Jack Mitchell and Rogue Millennium after their Oaks trial success (Steven Paston/PA)

Though the race is a considerable step up for the three-year-old, who did not run as a juvenile, Clover is happy with her work at home and considers her to have made strides since her last outing.

“Rogue Millennium seems very well, I’m very pleased with her,” he said.

“She physically looks great, I think she’s come on since Lingfield. She continues to improve and all being well she’s very much on course.

“I’ve been very happy with her, we just hope for a smooth run-up. You know what it’s like with horses, until you get there and put the saddle on and get in the paddock, there’s so much that could go wrong.

“I’m pleased with her work and we’re really excited to run her.”

Rogue Millennium given green light for Oaks bid

Connections of Rogue Millennium are set to stump up the required £30,000 fee to supplement the filly for the Cazoo Oaks at Epsom.

Tom Clover’s charge, who is owned by The Rogues Gallery syndicate, made it two wins in as many starts when lifting the Listed Oaks Trial at Lingfield last week, grabbing the glory in the shadow of the post to win by a head.

The daughter of Dubawi, who was purchased for just 35,000 guineas as part of the Shadwell dispersal last year, is now set to be rewarded for that success with a jump up to Classic company on June 3.

Clover said: “Rogue Millennium is a lovely filly that deserves her chance to be in the Oaks and it is now very much the plan to go to Epsom. We discussed it several times and both the owners and I are keen to go there.

“For any young trainer to have a horse like her bred by Sheikh Hamdan (al Maktoum, Shadwell’s late owner) going for the Oaks is very special. He was a well-respected and hugely popular man.

“Sheikh Hamdan is part of the sport’s heritage and he had so many successes with my late father-in-law Michael Jarvis, including winning the Oaks with Eswarah.

“To have the chance to train a filly for the Oaks from the same place Sheikh Hamdan won the race with my late father-in-law Michael Jarvis is really exciting.

“I don’t believe we are going there simply to have a runner but because we have a chance. I hope she can make both us and The Rogues Gallery team proud.”

The Epsom track is famed for its undulations, with Tattenham Corner on the descent to the finishing straight a noted test of a horse’s balance.

Lingfield also has a downhill turn into the straight and Clover believes Rogue Millennium is equipped for the Epsom test having triumphed at the Surrey venue.

He added: “You would hope she would be fine around Epsom having won an Oaks trial on a track that has got undulations, but nothing can truly replicate Epsom.

“She was balanced enough to handle Lingfield on her second start over a mile and a half around there.

“It is usually beautiful good to firm ground around Epsom at that time of year so it should all be fine for her.

Rogue Millennium just edged victory at Lingfield
Rogue Millennium just edged victory at Lingfield (Steven Paston/PA)

“Hopefully she does improve again but she has got a huge advantage in having a great father and a mother (Hawaafez) who was a Group Three winner over a mile and a half.

“She has been bred by a fantastic operation so you would like to think she would hopefully have a chance in the race.

“Having a runner in a Classic is something new to us and now the focus is on getting the filly there in the best possible shape we can. It is exciting but we just want a smooth run.”

Rogue Millennium is a general 16-1 chance for the Oaks.

Rogue Millennium sparks Classic dreams

Trainer Tom Clover is starting to discover what dreams are made of following the rapid-fire progress of his Dubawi filly Rogue Millennium from a Wetherby maiden to the SBK Oaks Trial in the space of just two weeks.

Newmarket-based Clover had no hesitation in stating his intention to supplement his 15-2 Lingfield winner into the Oaks itself after she had gamely resisted the renewed challenge of long-time leader Mystic Wells under Jack Mitchell by a head.

Rogue Millennium held off Mystic Wells
Rogue Millennium held off Mystic Wells (Steven Paston/PA)

His statement that at this time of year with a fast-improving distaffer the sky can quickly become the limit holds water, and especially so to the 200-plus members of The Rogues Gallery syndicate that own the winner.

Clover explained: “They are great sporting people who absolutely adore it. Whether it’s an owners’ event or a day trip to watch the horses, their enthusiasm is boundless.”

Detailing the claims of his winner, Clover, whose first runner in a Classic she will be, went on: “She’s by the right sire and we decided before coming here that if she won she would be added to the Oaks field.

Classic dreams are alive for connections of Rogue Millennium
Classic dreams are alive for connections of Rogue Millennium (PA)

“She’s still green, and has improved with each piece of work. I actually feel a little guilty about asking her to go to Epsom, but we have to go. She’s just flourished and I hope she can continue to progress.”

Mitchell alluded to the inexperience of his mount when summarising her run to the owners, a large potion of whom were on hand to watch her unsaddle.

The jockey said: “She was rolling about a bit coming down the hill, but once she levelled out she was strong right the way to the line.”

Rogue Millennium could put Clover in big-race spotlight

Tom Clover is excited to roll the dice with Rogue Millennium in the SBK Oaks Trial at Lingfield.

Unraced for Marcus Tregoning and the late Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, the daughter of Dubawi changed hands for 35,000 guineas as part of the Shadwell dispersal in November.

She gave her new connections an immediate return on their investment when making a winning debut at Wetherby, and now tests the water at Listed company just under a fortnight later.

Clover said: “She won her maiden well, she’s by Dubawi and she’s a gorgeous looking filly, so I just felt why not take a chance?

“You’ll ask her and she finds for you and it’s hard to know how much is there. She’s a very willing partner, she’s in good form and we feel the extra two furlongs will suit her very well.

“Hopefully she can give a good account of herself and pick up some black type.”

Rogue Millennium is not entered for the Cazoo Oaks, but is in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.

When asked whether she could be supplemented for next month’s Epsom Classic if successful on Saturday, Clover added: “It’s very much let’s cross that bridge when we come to it.

“I believe she goes to Lingfield with a chance in what looks an open race. There’s a few maiden winners in there and a few that are more battle-hardened perhaps. It will be a very interesting affair.

“I really like our filly and I would love her to run a massive race for the owners (The Rogues Gallery), who have been big supporters.”

Rogue Millennium is one of two once-raced winners in the field along with John and Thady Gosden’s Wolverhampton scorer Belt Buckle.

Aidan O'Brien and Ryan Moore team up with Emily Dickinson
Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore team up with Emily Dickinson (Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA)

Aidan O’Brien, who won this race with top-class Seventh Heaven in 2016, is this year represented by recent Naas winner Emily Dickinson, the mount of Ryan Moore.

She reappeared this year when fifth to Above The Curve and Thoughts Of June at Leopardstown, before getting off the mark last month.

The form of her Leopardstown run has been well advertised this week and O’Brien is expecting further progress.

“She’s a very well-bred Dubawi filly out of Chicquita, so going up in trip was always going to suit her,” he said.

“She had just the one run last year and then first run back at Leopardstown against the two fillies who ran at Chester this week, she was a little green.

“She was still a bit babyish at Naas, where she met a bit of trouble but was still able to get out and win.

“She won nicely enough in the end and Ryan thought going up in trip would be no problem.”

The George Boughey-trained Mystic Wells turns out 11 days after recording a narrow victory in a Brighton handicap, while Nikhi (Jedd O’Keeffe), Speak (Andrew Balding) and Suzy’s Shoes (Eve Johnson Houghton) also feature.

The Group Three SBK Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes stages a rematch between Roger Varian’s She Do and the Hugo Palmer-trained Chocoya.

There was just three-quarters of a length between the pair when they finished first and fourth in the Listed Boadicea Stakes at Newmarket in October and both have been off the track since.

Palmer, who has booked the in-form Moore for the ride, said: “I’m happy with her. She likes fast ground and a sharp seven (furlongs) should suit her well.

“I think the fact she wants fast ground is important and she is a very game filly.”

Thunder Beauty (David O’Meara), Irish raider Wren’s Breath (Henry de Bromhead) and course winner Pearl Glory (Kevin Philippart De Foy) are also in the mix for what looks a wide-open contest.