by Katherine Fidler, Racing Post
MILK IT MICK will stand at Norton Grove Stud for the 2014 season, owner Paul Dixon revealed on Sunday.
Milk It Mick, a son of Millkom, landed the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes when sent out by Jamie Osborne before doubling his top-flight tally in the hands of James Cassidy, beating Aragorn by a head in the Grade 1 Frank E Kilroe Mile Handicap at Santa Anita.
The sire, who was based at former jump jockey Bill Smith’s Kelanne Stud for 2013, sired his first black-type winner earlier this month when Miracle Of Medinah won Newbury’s Listed Rose Bowl Stakes.
“He’s a lovely stamp of horse, and I think northern breeders and trainers will give him a chance,” said Dixon. “I’m hopeful the move will give him a bit of a kick-start, as he has been a bit unfortunate so far.
“The first stud [Lone Oak Stud] moved and couldn’t take a stallion, so he went to Hedgeholme Stud [County Durham], where Miracle Of Medinah was conceived. Then we decided, as [his sire] Millkom was a champion racehorse in France, we’d send him over there, but unfortunately it didn’t work out because the area he was in bred more for stamina than speed.
“Then he went to Bill’s, but he is in the process of moving.
“We’d like to make this his last move, and moving him back north I think will be a good plan all round. He’ll stand at £1,500 with concessions for winning mares.”
The 12-year-old will stand alongside Monsieur Bond and Misu Bond at the North Yorkshire operation.
Norton Grove Stud owner Richard Lingwood said he was pleased to have Milk It Mick join the roster.
“Up here in the north we don’t often get the chance to stand a stallion who has won a couple of Group/Grade 1s – and he’s also just had a recent black-type winner – so we’re hopeful that next season we’ll be able to attract a few mares for him,” said Lingwood.
“[Former resident] Dabbers Ridge has moved to Norfolk, so it will be nice to have all three stallion boxes full again.”