The Team

Trainer | Janelle Millar

My name is Janelle Millar. I’m a licensed racehorse trainer based at New Plymouth Raceway. I’ve been a public trainer for 16 years.
I love the concept of women working together with and inspiring each other, and Girls Go Racing is a welcome addition to the industry.
I am married to Jay, with two children, daughter Bella is 11 going on 16, and son Caelin is 8.

I have approx. 20 horses in training, and those who have gone to the races they have produced 9 wins, and plenty of placings too. My current strike rate is competitive, and I have some very, very nice horses in the stables who some with proven ability, and some new horses with great breeding and promise.

Born in bred in Taranaki, I fell in love with horses and the racing game thanks to my grandfather, Jack Taylor. He was the trainer of such top-class gallopers such as Kingdom Bay, Greek Meer, Walksfar, Kinesis King, Spring Moss and Lord Majestic among many others.

Granddad Jack was quite a character, I remember he would come up with all sorts of quotes. One I remember fondly was when he was referring to how calm Kingdom Bay was “I could even take him to the movies with me but he wouldn’t sit still.” And once he said “if he doesn’t win this race I’ll climb Mount Taranaki in bare feet“.

Having grown up following the pony club scene, after my schooling at Stratford High School, I ventured overseas for 7 years. After having top level horse training experience in Singapore (under Laurie Laxon), Australia (under Gerald Ryan and England (under William Haggus) I came back to New Zealand to go out on my own accord. Having seen these legends at work I learnt so much and by picking their brains and watching them in action. I have brought back the best parts and I utilise them in my own practice.

I am a resident trainer in New Plymouth Raceway now. I love training here; the facilities are clean and tidy, and the committee is very proactive and forward thinking. I have the access to yards to let the horses sun themselves, a walker, and huge clean boxes. The beach is 5 minutes away from my property in Waitara to give the horse a spell, I have everything at my fingertips.

I love sharing the racing bug with others and I get a buzz from seeing them enjoying success. That’s probably what drives me the most. I feel privileged to have such a great opportunity to get new people involved with race horse ownership and whatever happens we will have a lot of fun along the way.

Millar Racing Liaison | Jay Millar

Jay, Janelle’s husband, is a school teacher at Fitzroy School. Not only does he help out at the stables, he’s responsible for a lot of the communication between Millar Racing and the syndicate. Providing information, newsletters, and updates about our horses. Jay also provide the videos of the Jump Outs.

Jay is also a board member of Taranaki Racing Inc., and acts at the owners liaison for Millar Racing horses on race day.

Syndicate Manager | Sonya Cole

Sonya provides all the coordination and administration for the syndicate, including social media updates, newsletters, coordinating the race day sponsorship event, and trips to other racecourses to watch our horses race. She also administers and syndicate accounts and stakes money.

Sonya is a shareholder/owner of six horses trained by Janelle, and is the manager for the Taranaki Racing Winners Circle Syndicate too.

As Events, Marketing, and Sponsorship Coordinator for Taranaki Racing Inc. at New Plymouth Raceway for the past seven years, she is lucky to work in an industry that she loves, and gets to spend time with her horses on a weekly basis.