Marhaba Milliar continues to progress with Yarmouth victory

‘The quickest he was going was through the line’

  • Thursday 09 August
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John Gosden may have lost the services of leading juvenile Calyx for the season but Marhaba Milliar could help fill part of that void after he maintained his unbeaten record at Yarmouth.

After being awarded victory in the stewards’ room at Ascot on his debut, the son of Kodiac needed no additional help to get his head in front in the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes, holding Leicester winner Fanaar by a neck in the six-furlong prize.

The 11-10 favourite holds an entry in next month’s Group Two Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury and was introduced at 50-1 for next year’s Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot by Paddy Power.

Winning jockey Robert Havlin said: “He is still a bit green, but he is getting the hang of things. He is a proper little sprinter. I shouldn’t think he will go much further than six, but the quickest he was going was through the line.

“Hopefully he will keep improving as temperament wise he is laid-back.

“He has done nothing wrong so far.”

Having gone five years without a winner at the Norfolk track, trainer Christine Dunnett celebrated her third victory at the course in two months as Kraka (12-1) staged a late rally to take the John Kemp 4×4 Centre Of Norwich Maiden Handicap.

Dunnett said: “That is our third winner here this year. We’ve got some lucky old owners back in this syndicate (Team Kraka) from years gone by.

“He (Jimmy Quinn) thought he might want a bit further and we will probably step him up, but this looked an ideal opening on our doorstep.

“It was all thanks to Eamonn Sparkes (part of syndicate) we got him as he was the one who picked him out of a claimer.”

The rain failed to dampen the spirits of owner Michael Foulger, as his Bint Dandy gained her third course victory when denying Beauty Filly by a length and a quarter in the Grosvenor Casino Of Great Yarmouth Fillies’ Handicap.

Foulger said of the Chris Dwyer-trained 20-1 winner: “She is tough, but this rain is getting into the ground. I didn’t think she would handle it, but she loves Yarmouth.

“With the rain arriving I would have been happy with third, but to win is sensational. What a star she is.”

Chris Wall saw the Haven Seashore Holiday Park Handicap head his way for the second year in succession after Black Lotus (4-9) followed up her recent victory at Haydock.

The Newmarket handler, who struck 12 months ago with Entangling, said: “She has taken a step forward from when she won last time. I like the way she galloped through the line.

“We will see if we can get the hat-trick and go from there. She is well suited to a mile and a quarter. I think in time she will get a mile and a half.

“She is a nice filly going the right way.”

Marhaba Milliar continues to progress with Yarmouth victory
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