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Epsom Oaks on the agenda for Tom Clover's Rogue Millennium



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Tom Clover looks to have a first Classic runner on his hands in the form of Rogue Millennium.

The Dubawi filly only made her winning debut at Wetherby on April 24, but her follow up victory in Saturday’s Listed SBK Oaks Trial Fillies’ Stakes at Lingfield has convinced the Newmarket-based trainer to roll the dice.

The three-year-old, who is owned by The Rogues Gallery syndicate, will need to be supplemented to the tune of £30,000 for the Cazoo Oaks on June 3, but Clover has confirmed that all roads now lead to Epsom.

Tom Clover and his wife Jackie Jarvis look to have Classic runner on their hands
Tom Clover and his wife Jackie Jarvis look to have Classic runner on their hands

“I’m absolutely thrilled with that – she did it very nicely,” said the Kremlin House Stables handler.

“She’s a very exciting filly. It’s our first Stakes winner and we’ve knocked on the door an awful lot.

“She’s by the right sire and we decided before coming here that if she won she would be added to the Oaks field.

“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.”

Meanwhile, victorious jockey Jack Mitchell added: “She’s a lovely filly. She was actually more professional the first time out than she was there, the track probably caught her out.

“I wanted to get there hands and heels and do it nicely but she was running all over the place and running green. She’ll take a big step forward again.

“I’d love to ride her at Epsom. She’s had experience of that track today so that should stand her in good stead.”

Rogue Millennium’s win was the 15th Clover has recorded so far this year, giving him a strike rate of 24 per cent from 63 runners. His current seasonal best return is 26 winners, achieved in 2020.