The former jockey announced his retirement from the saddle last year through injury, having broken a bone in his neck and hurt his back in a nasty fall at Redcar the previous August.
Makin went straight into the training ranks and appears to have unearthed a high-class juvenile in just his second season with a licence, with Muker (Timeform rating 94p) building on the promise of his debut victory at Newcastle when an excellent third in the Windsor Castle Stakes.
Timeform Reporter comment:
"Had seen his Newcastle win boosted when the runner-up was touched off in a fast-time at Doncaster the previous weekend and took a big step forward himself, shaping well given he was up with the strong pace throughout and also raced more towards the middle than the first 2; close up, led after 2f, ridden over 1f out, headed entering final 1f, no extra; speed is his forte, certainly no need to go over further, and no surprise if he builds further on this in a race like the Molecomb."
“It was a really good run, and we were obviously delighted with him,” said the Easingwold-based trainer.
“It was a step up in class, but he ran great and probably just got outstayed near the finish. We’ll probably try and stick to speed tracks going forward – it looks as though that’s what he’s about.”
Considering immediate plans, Makin added: “We’ll probably look towards Goodwood for the Molecomb, but we might take him to York first and run him in a novice under a penalty.
“We’re lucky to have him, and hopefully there’s plenty to look forward to.”