Cape Town - Legendary South African trainer Terrance Millard has died at the age of 89.
The son of a Welsh dairy farmer who emigrated to South Africa after
his first wife died of tuberculosis and his second looked like suffering
the same fate, Millard was champion trainer seven times, trained the
winners of 2 257 races including 117 Group 1s and a record 16 in one
According to the Racing Post's Michael Clower, Millard won the country’s most famous race, the Durban July, six times and
in 1986 and 1990 he sent out the first three, a feat which has never
been repeated. He also won both the Met and the Gold Cup six times.
His record of 117 Group 1 wins was bettered by Mike de Kock last year
and the eight-time champion trainer paid homage to his predecessor by
saying: “Just to be mentioned in the same breath as Terrance Millard is
good enough for me. What I remember from his days is that we were
absolutely in awe of him.”
Millard retired in 1991 when he was only 61.
“I wanted to
give my son Tony a chance” - but after winning two Mets and a Durban
July, Millard jnr was offered the chance to train in Hong Kong.
His younger daughter Carol was a jockey for a time and is married to
Geoff Woodruff, a successful point-to-point rider in Britain and five-time champion trainer in South Africa.
Tragedy struck in 1982 when Millard's elder daughter Jenny drowned
while windsurfing off Cape Town, and again seven years later when most of
his best horses were killed in a road accident on the way back from
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 28 at 14:00.
Woodruff told the Sporting Post on Monday that
the service will be held at St Oswald’s Anglican Church, 34 Park Avenue,