Yearling purchase Midnight Sands impressive in Dubai
Yearling purchase Midnight Sands made it four in a row in impressive style on Thursday when the brave winner of the Mina Handicap over a mile at Meydan.
The colt looked to have an impossible task ahead of him when the leader Ambassadorial kicked clear entering the straight but he rallied gamely under Pat Hobbs to reel in that foe and win by a short head. The pair pulled almost six lengths clear of the third George Villiers.
His victory marked trainer Doug Watson’s 600th win in the UAE.
“Credit to the owners because they let me put him away after he won his maiden with this season in mind and they have been rewarded,” said Doug Watson. “The runner-up looked to have opened up a decent lead and, half a furlong out, I was not sure we would get there but this horse has a great attitude and battles hard. We will have to see what the handicapper does now before we make plans but he is a nice horse and Pat gets on well with him.”
By Speightstown, Midnight Sands was bred by Flaxman Holdings out of the Shamardal mare It’s Midnight and is therefore a half-brother to recent Grade 3 Tropical Turf Stakes winner Tusk.
He was purchased privately by Schumer Bloodstock and Johnny Collins out of the 2017 Keeneland September Sale after failing to meet his reserve and was subsequently sold at Arqana in France for €90,000 – a significant profit – to Stroud Coleman, acting on behalf of owners Cool Silk Partnership.
Other graduates of the Collins – Schumer axis include:
Group 3 winner Acomb Stakes winner Syphax
Swedish Champion Victor Kalejs
Spring Mile winner High Aclaim
Current two-time winning British 2yo Summeronsevenhills.