Mustajed ready to rock

Rod Millman hopes Mustajed can keep up his good record in the John Smith’s Northumberland Plate at Newcastle on Saturday.

Rod Millman hopes Mustajed can keep up his good record in the John Smith’s Northumberland Plate at Newcastle on Saturday.

The Cullompton trainer has had a winner and two thirds from three recent runners in the valuable staying handicap.

Sergeant Cecil was successful two years ago after Zibeline had taken the bronze medal in both the 2002 and 2003 renewals.

“We’ve been very lucky in the Plate before and we think he’s a good horse for the race,” said Millman.

“We hope he’ll stay but we don’t know. It’s a big prize so we thought we’d take a chance.

“He’s suffered from fractured pasterns in the past, which has restricted him, but he’s right again now and I don’t think the race is as competitive as it normally is.

“The ground looks like being soft which may be a disadvantage for him in getting the trip, but I’m hopeful of a good run.”

Millman had been worried about Mustajed securing a place in the field so he ran him at Salisbury recently, where he duly won and collected a 5lb penalty.

“The plan was to get him a penalty, but he’d have probably got in without one as it’s turned out,” added Millman.

“I’d have fancied my chances more with 5lb off.”

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