Thoroughbred racing trainer
Close second on debut
Well bred Millie Grazie looks talented
13 Aug 20: Millie Grazie, a half-sister to the top class middle distance runner Master Bloom, made an encouraging start to her racing career at Øvrevoll Galopp – finishing a close second to the favourite Silvana in a juvenile contest for Scandinavian breds. The 1170 metres turf event became a bit of a messy affair, as all the runners ran greenly – particularly around the bend – but class told at the finish and the first two drew well clear of the rest. Millie Grazie, ridden by Elione Chaves, at one stage looked like she would swoop past Silvana, but the latter was having her third start and also coming off a win, giving her the edge of experience. She prevailed by three parts of a length and there was a 9 1/2-length gap back to the third placed horse, Xcel. It is fair to assume that Millie Grazie is the most talented of these juveniles, and it will be interesting to see how high she can fly. Last year's Derby second, Hampus G, ran third on the same card, beaten by Macjack and Jane over 1730 metres.