Arthur Miller was a renowned American playwright in the 20th century, famous for plays such as Death of a Salesman and All My Sons, though he was perhaps as equally well-known for his marriage to Marilyn Monroe in the late 1950s.
His equine near-namesake, Equus Millar, doesn’t quite hold the same prestige in the horse racing world, but he looks worth a bet in the 15:15 at Uttoxeter. He ran well to finish second on his most recent start at Ffos Las in July and seems to be getting the hang of things in the jumping department, something which let him down at Bangor in May. He heads here off the same mark as last time, and can seal a winner for Nigel Twiston-Davies and All My One Of His Sons (jockey Sam).
Considering the battering that the British Isles has faced over the past few days from Storm Ali, the Jamie Snowden-trained Between The Waters would be a topical winner of the 15:25 contest at Plumpton. However, much like Alice in Wonderland creator Lewis Carroll, he’s a long-standing maiden with plenty of issues, and instead it’s worth siding with an on-song Orchestrated.
He pulled the strings when producing his best effort yet to finish second at Newton Abbot 13 days ago, and he could well have won that day, too, if it wasn’t for a late loss of concentration, only collared in the closing stages. The winner Bermeo has gone in again since at Worcester, and Orchestrated is fancied to shrug off a 5lb rise and go one better this time around.
A Calliope is a musical instrument that produces sound by sending a gas through large whistles and is now my new favourite phrase for passing wind – as in “Sorry dear, you might want to hold your nose, I’ve just played half of Beethoven’s Fifth on the backdoor calliope”.
The horse’s trainer may be (Kenneth) Slack by name, but he certainly hasn’t been remiss in regards to the five-year-old mare, who has enjoyed a busy and productive campaign. She’s been running consistently well all summer, and picked up some more prize money when finishing a solid third at Catterick last time out.
She’s very much at her level, but Hamilton’s 16:40 contest looks a good opportunity for her to strike off her current mark, especially as she could get an easy lead and blow her rivals away from the front.
15:15 Uttoxeter – Equus Millar @ 9/1
15:25 Plumpton – Ochestrated @ 7/2
16:40 Hamilton – Calliope @ 3/1
*All prices correct at time of posting