16-February-2018 22:25
in General
by Admin

We had much to celebrate after the decisive success of Midnight Tune in the Grade 2 Mares’ Novice Hurdle at Sandown on Friday.

Our statistics for the season up to this point are impressive . . . .   

32 winners this season, equalling last year’s total

a 26% strike rate - a winner from every 4 runners

the horses have earned well in excess of £300,000 which is a personal best for the yard.

A year ago I couldn’t win a maiden with Midnight Tune. So it was a big thrill to see her outjump and outrun her rivals on the way to her latest impressive victory. We're delighted for John Romans and his partners in the Park Homes Syndicate.

She is beginning to look like a star in these races against her own sex, and I hope and believe she will take well to jumping the larger obstacles when she goes over fences next season.

I wasn’t sure she would bounce back after a rare poor run last time at Ascot which I put down to her having an off day.

Nothing came to light to explain why she never really travelled that day but just to be sure we gave her an easy week afterwards.

Midnight Tune is always quite keen in her work, she has progressed all season and as she seemed fine at home I felt we had to give her a crack at the Grade 2 at Sandown which, in a sense, was her Gold Cup.

We will keep her on the go for the time being but soft or heavy is the key to her performance so she is unlikely to be running anywhere once the ground dries up.

But if it did come up soft at Aintree’s Grand National meeting I’d be tempted to let her take her chance in the three mile novice hurdle.

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