Giving Glances looks to top up Holmes celebrations

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Midnight Legend has played a huge part in Barbury’s success story, and the stallion’s passing three years ago was a massive blow to David and Kathleen Holmes, owners of the Pitchall Stud.

However, Midnight Legend, bought by Mr and Mrs Holmes from the late Sir Stan Clarke for £31,000 and the sire of 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Sizing John, is very much “gone but not forgotten”.

On Wednesday Midnight Legend’s last colt-foal, Midnight Legacy, fulfilled his debut promise from Bath last month when returning to the Somerset course to win the two-year-old novice, relishing the stamina test for youngsters in soft ground over a mile and a quarter.

And today the Holmes family hope to be celebrating again when Midnight Legacy’s elder half-sister Giving Glances returns to jumping in the handicap hurdle at Wincanton, having made a highly promising comeback on the Flat at Newmarket recently.

Reflecting on Midnight Legacy’s success, David Holmes, whose crystal ball clearly shows this fellow as the successor to Midnight Legend, said:”That was only the start of what has been a long-term plan, first hatched when he was born.

“We will talk to Alan as to whether he has one more run, but if not he’ll be put away until next Flat season and then, hopefully, this time next year we’ll be looking to run him as a colt in juvenile hurdles.

“Midnight Legend proved a superstar for us, both on the track and at stud, and if Midnight’s Legacy can do half as well we’ll have no complaints.”

We also have Nebuchadnezzar and Stockburn running at Wincanton. Nebuchadnezzar finished in the frame in all his three races over hurdles last winter, and though he has been off the track since February, hopefully he will do himself justice in the first leg of the maiden hurdle.

Stockburn makes his reappearance over fences, having shown himself a progressive type over the larger obstacles last season, winning at Bangor and then finishing second at Ffos Las in June.

And with the Flat horses continuing to do us proud – Midnight’s Legacy was Alan’s 251st winner on the level and his 28th this season – we are also hopeful about Ned Pepper on the tapeta surface at Wolverhampton.

Ned Pepper belied odds of 25-1 when runner-up at Newbury in his first handicap in August, and even off a 5lb higher mark he ought to be competitive.