Rogue Millennium can be a giant killer like co-owner Vinnie Jones in the Oaks at Epsom

Rogue Millennium can be a giant killer like Vinnie Jones in the Oaks at Epsom with a footballer-turned-actor part of the Rogues Gallery syndicate who own the undefeated filly

  • Newmarket coach Tom Clover will attempt a giant kill at Oaks on Saturday
  • Undefeated filly runs for Rogues Gallery syndicate which includes Vinnie Jones
  • He was part of the Wimbledon team that stunned Liverpool in the 1988 Cup final

Promising Newmarket manager Tom Clover will try to slay giants on Saturday at Cazoo Oaks in Epsom with Rogue Millennium, which is partly owned by a man who created one of the biggest upsets in FA Cup history .

The unbeaten filly races for the Rogues Gallery syndicate, which includes Vinnie Jones, the footballer-turned-actor who was part of the Wimbledon side that beat a star-studded Liverpool side in the 1988 Wembley final.

Runners coached by John and Thady Gosden and Aidan O’Brien, who have won the last eight Oaks between them, again dominate entries.

Rogue Millennium added to Oaks roster after wins at Wetherby and Epsom

The story of Rogue Millennium is all the more improbable as it is a second-hand racehorse purchased for 35,000 guineas in November when the late Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s racing empire was shrinking.

But victories at Wetherby and at last month’s Oaks trial at Epsom persuaded its owners to pay £30,000 to add it to the Classic range.

Clover said: “She’s been doing really well all winter and always seems to be improving.” I’m thrilled to pick up a filly at 35,000 who has a great chance in the Oaks.

The Rogues Gallery syndicate includes footballer-turned-actor Vinnie Jones

The Rogues Gallery syndicate includes footballer-turned-actor Vinnie Jones

The Rogues Gallery syndicate includes footballer-turned-actor Vinnie Jones (above)

‘Her former coach Marcus Tregoning recommended her. His dam Hawaafez won the Cumberland Lodge Stakes by a mile and a half at Ascot on soft ground and she comes from a great sire in Dubawi so she is staying well which is a big thing in her favour. The Gallery Rogues are great people who love their races. Vinnie is very entertaining, larger than life, as you would expect.

‘I met him several times. He’s very busy working at the moment so I don’t know if he’ll be here on Friday.

There is a recent story of a Shadwell reject winning a classic. Makfi, also trained by Tregoning, was sold as an unreleased two-year-old for 26,000 guineas in 2009 before winning the 2,000 guineas the following year for French trainer Mikel Delzangles.

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