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Wild Ash was a chestnut filly by New South Wales out of Ash Plant, bred and raced by Zandvliet Stud’s P.J. de Wet. She was trained by Terrance Millard and over three seasons achieved a career total of 20 starts for 7 wins and 4 places. The highlight was the 1971 Cape Fillies Guineas, giving Terrance Millard his 5th win in the Fillies Classic.
Rupert Langerman wrote the following report for the February 1979 SA Racehorse:-
With the stake of the Fillies Guineas raised by R5 000 (a welcome move indeed, but one which still leaves too big a discrepancy between the stakes of the fillies event and the Richelieu Guineas itself) many racegoers were anticipating a clash between Rock Star and Wild Ash. But the Benoni Guineas winner was not entered and the race was left to Wild Ash, who completely outclassed the field.
Moppet and Lovely Step made the early running with Lady Fleetfoot and Wild Ash galloping together about 1 ¾ lengths behind with Joy to the World at their girths. Coming up to the 400-marker Moppet began to tire and Lady Fleetfoot and Wild Ash moved forward to join Lovely Step. It soon became apparent that Abercrombie on Wild Ash had only to move to take the race – and he did with 350 metres to go. Wild Ash raced away from the field into the strong south-easter, leaving no doubt that she was far and away the best of the Cape’s fillies of her year. She passed the post 4 ¼ lengths clear of Lovely Step, who had come again to get the better of Lady Fleetfoot, a small filly who found the wind too much for her.
Wild Ash gave Terrance Millard his fifth success in the Fillies Guineas in the 11 years it has been run and looks like being yet another of the many outstanding fillies he has had in his charge in the past 15 years. Wild Ash, who carries the colours of her breeder, Mr Paul de Wet, is by New South Wales out of the Herculaneum mare Ash Plant and thus a half-sister to the good performer Whiteoak (Noble Chieftain).
Millard thought her good enough to contest the Richelieu Guineas and the Paddock Stakes, although she finished downfield in both. She also won the Natal Fillies Guineas at Scottsville under Bert Abercrombie in late June and was just pipped out of the placings in the Garden Province Stakes, finishing 5th.
Wild Ash only had one start as a 4yo, finishing 5th behind Sweet Chestnut in the 1979 Majorca Trial Stakes over 1200m at Kenilworth, before retiring to the Zandvliet paddocks. As a broodmare she produced 5 foals of which 4 were runners and all 4 were winners, with the best being the 1984 ARCSA Champion 3yo Colt and winner of the 1986 Met, Wild West.