Milo Man chasing ‘Five on the Trot’

Published 22 February 2023

Milo Man chasing ‘Five on the Trot’

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Displaced from Victorian and New South Wales only to discover his racing bling in Queensland, budding sprinting star Milo Man will be out cut them up again at Callaghan Park races on Friday.

Milo Man chases his fifth straight win since migrating to Rockhampton last October when he contests the $21,000 Open Handicap (1200m), the last on the seven race TAB program.  

Better still “Milo” is likely to carry the luxury weight of a mere 52kg with apprentice Jodie Fenlon claiming down to her full 2KG allowance.

It’s a weight watchers dream as Milo’s back will have six less kilograms to carry in comparison to his last start Callaghan Park win under 58kg on January 19.

That’s not the only reason that punters Australia wide will be “all over” Milo Man as TAB 7 in Race 7 in Rockhampton at 5.49PM on Friday.

Why wouldn’t they?

Of the 632 horses listed to race throughout Australia on Friday at Mooney Valley, Kilmore, Ballina, Canterbury, Esperance, Canberra and Rockhampton, only two will have “four black picket fences” before their name.

That’s four successive wins reading – 1111 in the form guides and incredibly those horses are both Nick Walsh trained Milo Man and Chameleon Choice.  

Milo Man has been a revelation under the ownership of Allenstown butcher Geoff Elliott and the training of young gun mentor Nick Wash who has won more races than he has lost this season. 

That’s a fact and ridgy-didge as since August 1, 2022 Walsh has prepared 23 winners form 45 runners returning an almost unbelievable winning strike rate of 51.5% (Racing and Sports website).  

Milo Man has returned Walsh a 100% winning record with four from four since he first produced him at Callaghan Park in a humble 0-55 Handicap (1200m) on November 11.

Considering Milo Man had raced unsuccessfully five times in country Victoria including once at the picnics and then seven times in NSW before winning at his 13th start, why did owner Geoff Elliott buy him?

“Well, I just liked him. He won his only race and last start before he came up on Bloodstock (auction online website) after he finally won a Maiden at Armidale late last September. I liked what I saw of the win and as it was just two weeks before the auction, I thought why not have a crack at getting him. No real reason I suppose just that I liked him,”, Geoff explained. 

Excuse the pun but Geoff the butcher’s “gut” feeling was spot on while in getting Milo Man for $5000 he reckoned the stakes could have been higher as he valued him at around the $12K mark.

“I go through the throng of horses every week online for sale. That’s how I buy my horses.

I got him (Milo) for $5K and all up, he cost me about $6000 to get landed in Rocky. Turned out to be a real good buy”, Geoff a recently retired part-time trainer said.

“Good buy” – that’s for sure Geoff, as Milo Man’s four starts for as many wins for he and Nick Walsh have reaped $44,000 in prize money.

Butchers are usually good talkers boasting about their products and Geoff is no exception when it comes to talking about Milo Man.

“I reckon he is going to take some beating under that lightweight on Friday. The horse run time (wins in fast times) and that’s a big thing. There are a few tough old buggars against him in the race but he is nice and fresh and up for the fight. 

I reckon he can win again,” Elliott said and for what it is worth so do I Geoff. 

Tony McMahon

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