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Holmwood Legend (Keiran Burke) jumps the last fence and wins the 2m 5f handicap chase Cheltenham Festival 17.03.2011

Holmwood Legend: first Cheltenham Festival winner for Midnight Legend

  PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER  

Midnight Legend edges ahead of British rivals

A ONE-TWO in the E B F/Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Mares' Novices' Chase Finale Handicap at Newbury on Saturday helped Midnight Legend pull clear in the exciting tussle to become this season's leading British-based jumps sire. The race was won by the Emma Lavelle-trained Easter Legend, with ten-year-old Magical Legend in second.

The Pitchall Farm resident bagged a first Cheltenham Festival winner this year when Holmwood Legend took the Byrne Group Plate, another race in which he also sired the runner-up, Aimigayle.

 

A son of Night Shift, Midnight Legend's earnings before Sunday's racing was £442,219, with closest British-based pursuer Alflora, of Shade Oak Stud, on £411,569.

Dunraven Stud's Dr Massini started the season strongly but sadly lost the highly promising novice chaser Tell Massini in November, while his biggest ever earner Massini Maguire missed the remainder of the season through injury after winning the United House Gold Cup at Ascot in October. Dr Massini has earnings of £381,225 this season.

All three sires are light on Grand National contenders, with Alflora's Gold Cup fourth What A Friend the most prominent in the betting, while Midnight Legend's best produce Midnight Chase is the only other Grand National possible from the three stallions.

The season ends on April 23, with the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown.

 

 

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