Following up a first career win with a positive run is always important. It can keep confidence high or help to build momentum to see horse thrive from then on. Midnite Bride had a very consistent early part of the season but after gaining her first career win last time out she followed that up when taking the 7f Best Flat Races Live On Racing TV Handicap at Redcar.
Having only started her career on the track this year, Midnite Bride has been gaining experience and that has seen her make improvement run upon run. Having had one run on the AW back in March, Midnite Bride. could not get back out again until June. This was an obvious disappointment as it held her career back that little bit longer. The time though did help her to continue maturing and as the season progressed Midnite Bride would slowly creep up the handicap.
Rattling off a trio of runner up spots promised a win was just around the corner and she duly obliged at Catterick. Settling nicely in midfield, she picked up from the 2f marker and kicked clear, putting the race to bed in strides. It was well deserved and given the way she won, was also full of promise that she wouldn’t be a one hit wonder. Clearly that is not always the case and her next run would give connections plenty of answers for the future.
Having raced at 6/7f, Midnite Bride bride’s best form was over the longer trip and so Kevin set about looking for races over that trip. Having gone up 7lb’s for her win to a mark of 66, Midnite Bride would be taking a small step up in grade. The 0-65 contest at Redcar attracted a competitive field of 13 runners but it looked to revolve around 2 of the 3yr olds. Midnite Bride had won last time but Highfield Princess had gone one better and won her last two. It did mean they were bother lumbered with plenty of weight but they would vie for favouritism. Eventually Midnite Bride would go off the second fav at 7-2 as Kevin Stott took the leg up.
Conditions were very testing with the soft ground being described as tacky and like glue. This looked like it might affect the paces of the contest with a steady start. Kevin wanted to get a lead and Midnite Bride was eased away to try and find a position. There was an injection of pace as the outsider wanted to get forward and this allowed Kevin the chance to move up and slot into midfield, getting away from being stuck on the wing.
Everything settled down and the field moved to race up the centre of the track. All 13 runners were well bunched up and Midnite Bride got into a nice rhythm just in behind the leaders. Florenza had taken over front running duties and was slowly increasing the pace from halfway. Midnite Bride had hit a slight flat spot when winning last time out and Kevin was well aware of this. He was just niggling along to maintain their position so that Midnite Bride could try and strike when the time came. Passing the 3f pole the race started to heat up with the leader trying to stretch the field. Midnite Bride just lost her sit for a few strides but was still in a good position.
It is always important to get your horse lengthening before going for all and Kevin is one of the best at this. As the field headed down towards the final 2f Kevin was starting to work and his filly began to stretch out, slowly increasing her speed. One by one the runners were coming under pressure to lay down a challenge but the favourite Highfield Princess was cruising on the bridle. Moving inside the 2f marker Kevin angled out from behind runners as he began his run with Midnite Bride. The filly was in clear daylight towards the far side but it was the runners closer to stands side that were catching the eye. Favourite Highfield Princess was still cruising and a couple of others were seemingly going well too.
As the field headed into the final furlong the race completely changed. Midnite Bride had come through to lay down a big challenge and this move put the leaders under pressure. She was coming good but the fav was still travelling well. Although there was four in a line, it was the market leaders who looked to be strongest. Highfield Princess now had to go and the pair edged the lead. Midnite Bride was hitting top gear and took the lead but at the same time she just edged away from her rivals. Shifting left she gave her rivals a chance but Kevin was quick to correct and he continued to keep the filly going forward. It was a clear lead 100 yards from home as Midnite Bride held a length advantage and now she was going straight and true. It was left to Highfield Princess to give it one last crack but Midnite Bride was not stopping. The fav tried hard and stayed on well but the gap was never going to be reined in. Midnite Bride strode out to claim her second win by a 1/2 length.
Midnite Bride has shown a very willing attitude on her last couple of runs and looks like a filly who can continue progressing. She has only been racing for 6 months and there can be more improvement in the future. Kevin did feel that the filly was still a little green out in front and this is positive as she still managed to find enough to beat a progressive rival. That will be her finished for the season and she will now get a well deserved break. Midnite Bride has hit little flat spots during the race but has then stayed on powerfully at the business end. It will be very interesting to see just how far she can go but it is great to go out on a high and give owner Mr T A Rahman something to celebrate before the end of the season.