Ascot comes too quick for Epsom hero Midnights Legacy

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June 8

June was only three days old when the versatile Barbury team were rolling again, with Midnights Legacy winning the Northern Dancer Handicap for the second year running at Epsom on Derby Day and Restitution topping up the celebrations by scoring with a bit up his sleeve on his first try over two and a half miles at Hexham.

However, Alan today confirmed that Midnights Legacy, who was put up 6lb by the official assessor, would not be among his squad for Royal Ascot next week.

Alan said:”The Royal meeting will come too soon. He is a horse who likes to be fresh, so needs at least three or four weeks between his races.

“I was chuffed how well Midnights Legacy fought back to win at Epsom. William (Buick) said that he was cold at the back of the field and not travelling early on in the race so, consequently, he found himself further back than planned.

“However, William got a great response up the straight and gave the horse a terrific ride again. He’s got an impressive strike-rate for us and knows Midnights Legend well, having won the same race on him last year.”

Looking ahead to Ascot, Alan, who had been hoping for a wet meeting to enable Trueshan to run in the Gold Cup added:”We have five or six pencilled in to go, but it all depends on the ground. They have had 25mm of rain there in the last week, but there is not a lot more forecast for next week, and should it dry up too much we might not have any runners at all.

“Obviously, we are hoping that by Thursday week the Ascot ground rides soft. Trueshan is in super form and enjoyed his day out at Nicky Henderson’s last week, and, while it would be fantastic if he finally get to run in the Gold Cup, everything depends on the weather.”

Alan was joined on the Sharpridge all-weather gallop yesterday by his former stable jockey Choc Thornton, who is doing exceptionally well and producing plenty of winners at his Appletree Stud in the North Cotswolds, including Alan’s recent Goodwood winner and confirmed mudlark Inchicore.

Choc also has an unraced Time Test two-year-old who impressed when showing the way to three other well-bred youngsters up the all-weather, and, with both Alan’s Flat horses and his summer jumpers remaining in great form, there could be more winners to come this week.

Paradias, who was placed at both Ascot and Sandown last month, is one of three runners Alan has at Yarmouth on Thursday, while the winter performers have representatives at both Fontwell and Uttoxeter.