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Millman looks to future

Rod Millman is looking forward to the rest of the season with Master Carpenter after the colt finished third in the Greenham at Newbury.

Master Carpenter was sent off the 80-1 outsider in a field of 10 and came through late to take minor honours behind ultra-impressive winner Kingman, who shot to favouritism for the Qipco 2000 Guineas.

Millman had thought of possibly not running the Mastercraftsman colt when he saw the class of the opposition, but stuck to his guns and was rewarded with a fine effort.

"When I first mooted the idea of the Greenham, I looked at previous years and there were one or two good horses every year and the rest were not so good," said the Devon trainer.

"I thought there'd only be five or six runners and maybe we'd get a bit of place money. It turned out the most competitive Greenham for a long time. I thought of pulling him out, but he's run a blinder.

"He'd been working super. Last year everything went wrong after Royal Ascot, but he put on a lot of weight over the winter and he ran a cracking race.

"We were chuffed to bits and we'll talk to Cheveley Park where we go next. They bought into the horse last year.

"He'd get whatever trip you aimed him at. I think he'll get a mile plus, and obviously he's effective at seven.

"I thought we'd go over seven or a mile next time. There are couple of options, but we haven't put any sexy entries in for him as he didn't warrant any until yesterday.

"I don't think we'll supplement for anything, but I'll talk it over with Cheveley Park. They'll have more experience at placing Group horses than me.

"With a bit of luck he should be a fun horse for the next 12 months.

"We haven't had a good horse since Sergeant Cecil."