Clover to Roll The Big Dice With Rogue Millennium in the Oaks

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Rogue Millennium: will bid for Classic glory in the Cazoo Oaks | PA

Tom Clover enjoyed his greatest day on a racecourse when emerging star Rogue Millennium (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) advertised her Classic credentials when landing an Oaks Trial at Lingfield last month and now the trainer is looking forward to rolling the big dice at Epsom.

A Shadwell castoff who was picked up for just 35,000gns at the Mares Sale at Tattersalls last December, Rogue Millennium has already proved to be one of the finds of the season, building on her debut success at Wetherby to run out a gritty winner of the Listed SBK Oaks Trial Fillies' S. at Lingfield last month. 

That win represented her trainer's biggest yet and new dreams abound with the rapidly-progressive filly who is just 16-1 to provide Clover with Classic glory when she lines out in the Cazoo Oaks on June 3.

“Rogue Millennium seems very well. I'm very pleased with her,” Clover 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 [for the Oaks].”

Clover, who is based in Newmarket, began training in 2016 and is looking forward towards running what is officially the best horse he's had through his hands in the Oaks. 

He added, “I've been very happy with her and 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.”

John and Thady Goden appear to have a stranglehold on the Oaks with Emily Upjohn (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}), a short-priced 10-11 ante-post favourite, and 9-2 chance Nashwa (GB) (Frankel {GB}) heading the betting for the Epsom Classic. 

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