Prix Rothschild Aim For Rogue Millennium After 'Special' Ascot Success

Rogue Millennium | Megan Ridgewell

Tom Clover will keep Rogue Millennium (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) to a mile after her Royal Ascot heroics in the G2 Duke Of Cambridge S. and is now targeting the G1 Prix Rothschild.

Rogue Millennium had done the majority of her racing over 10 furlongs prior to dropping back to the mile at Ascot last week and the move paid off in spades with the filly running out a gritty winner. 

Clover has admitted that he is still pinching himself after his royal success and is looking forward to what the rest of the season might bring with the filly. 

“It's nice when a plan comes together,” said Clover. “It was just the most incredible day–it was a really, really special day and it is only just sinking in now, I suppose. It has just been fantastic. You work your whole life towards it. It is fantastic, just superb.

“I would say she will go to the Prix Rothschild. It gives us a really nice timeframe. We didn't put her in the Falmouth. She didn't love the Rowley Mile last year and the meeting on the July course, it is quite tight between Ascot and Newmarket.

“I just feel you'd have every chance if you went straight to Deauville instead, so that's what she will be training for.”

He added, “It's lovely to see her getting quicker and she's sharpening up all the time and actually, not to go very quick and to still get up and win was great.”

Rogue Millennium has had four runs already this term and with her trip versatility now confirmed, Clover admits there are plenty of potential avenues she could follow.

“There are all these lovely options now, though how we run in France I suppose will dictate where we go to a certain extent,” he said.

“She went in her coat quite quickly last year and she comes to hand very early in the spring, so it is really hard to know where we will be later in the season.

“The dream, the absolute dream, would be to even think about taking on the boys in the QEII, but that's very far-fetched at the moment. Let's think about the Rothschild now and take it from there.” 

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