He may have reached veteran status as a stallion, but there’s little doubt that Midnight Legend can still produce the goods.
He resides in Shakespeare country, standing at Pitchall Farm in Broad Marston near Stratford-on-Avon. Owners David and Kathleen Holmes have been in the business for over 40 years, and have the quality miler Passing Glance in their care, but Midnight Legend is undoubtedly their pride and joy.
Trained by Luca Cumani on the flat he became a decent middle-distance handicapper before a short yet successful career over the sticks. He won at Aintree and Punchestown as a novice hurdler, before mixing it with the likes of Relkeel and Pridwell as a seven-year-old. In 1999 he made his last racecourse appearance and chased home the mighty Istabraq and French Holly in the Martell Aintree Hurdle.
An illustrious career as a stallion has followed. He may not be responsible for producing the greats of the sport, but tough quality stock capable of winning decent races is his forte. He also has an incredible record from very ordinary mares with the likes of Midnight Chase, Seeyouatmidnight, and My Petra being perfect examples. Perhaps more than any other National Hunt stallion, Midnight Legend upgrades the mares he covers by the quality of horse they produce.
Mares from the Midnight Legend bloodline can be particularly useful. Amigayle, Call Me A Legend and Sparky May are three that have won their fair share of quality races. Indeed the latter was second to Quevega in the Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham and won a third of her career starts.
In recent times Midnight Prayer found success for Alan King in the four miler at the Festival, whilst Seeyouatmidnight was second in the Rendlesham Hurdle at Haydock in February before a wonderful effort in the World Hurdle just over a week ago. He looks certain to make a terrific chaser.
Sizing John is another set to further enhance the reputation of the wonderful stallion with a potentially top-class career over fences on the horizon. Henry de Bromhead’s young novice hurdler has already bagged a Grade 1 and ran a terrific race to finish third behind Douvan in the Supreme at Prestbury Park. A strapping gelding, he looks to have a bright future.
Always tough, often appreciating plenty of give in the ground, Midnight Legend’s offspring continue to make their presence felt. The grand old fella shows no sign of letting up. Unremarkable mares please form an orderly queue.