Nights In Venice
Al's col       
Nights In Venice : 2016 chestnut gelding
Owner :  Al Duncan
Mac close up


                                                                      Night Shift
                                        Midnight Legend
  Nights In Venice
  2016 chestnut gelding
                                        Well Disguised
                                                                      Executive Move

The family

Nights In Venice is the fourth foal out of the Dodlands Steading trained racemare Well Disguised. Picked up by Donald as a 3yr old at Doncaster Sales, Well Disguised raced for Al Duncan and 'Lucky Dave' Leslie for whom she won 4 hurdles and was placed numerous times in bumpers and hurdles.
Well Disguised is a half sister to a useful staying jumper in Paul Nicholls' French Executive, the winner of 7 races over jumps including the Sussex National. 
The granddam, Executive Move, unraced but a half sister to useful hurdler/chaser Parson's Green, who won 7 races for Nicky Henderson in the early 90s.
4th dam Bruff Gypsy is a half sister to  Scottish National winner Cockle Strand.
Well Disguised has produced 5 living foals, and in addition to 'Mac' there are a half sister (b 2012, injured as a yearling, broodmare), winning bumper/hurdler Eternally Yours (b 2013) in training at Dodlands, and a filly by Yeats Our Elsie (b 2015, died 2021) who was also at Dodlands.

About the sire

Midnight Legend (bay horse, born 1991) is by Night Shift, a son of the legendary, and hugely influential, sire Northern Dancer.
Midnight Legend, a round barrelled sort, was trained on the flat at Newmarket by Luca Cumani, and although just below top class, he showed himself as a tough, middle distance performer winning 7 of his 24 races including 3 Listed events.
Unusually for an entire, he raced over hurdles for David Nicholson, winning the Grade 2 Champion Novices Hurdle at Punchestown as a 6yr old.
Midnight Legend is widely recognised as a top class NH sire, with several classy individuals to his credit. Grade 2 winners Midnight Chase, My Petra and Sparky May spring to mind. Of course, he hit the jackpot in 2017 when his son Sizing John won the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Sadly though that was a posthumous success for in July 2016, Midnight Legend passed away at his home at Pitchall Farm in Warwickshire at the age of 25. He'll be missed by all.
Mac on the gallops
Form Summary

Season 2020-21 outlook
Having a couple of his half-sisters in training at Dodlands, we can safely say that Nights In Venice has inherited his looks from his father!
A medium sized, round bodied gelding, he nevertheless possesses a good deal of scope and we're pleasantly surprised by just how nice a horse he has turned into these last few months.

'Mac' spent the summer months of 2020 alongside Shoeshine Boy and both came back into the yard in mid August.
But we're in no rush with such young, promising types and it may well be towards the end of 2020-21 season before this likeable sort steps on a racecourse.

After 3 fillies from her first 3 foals, it was with a sense of relief to her breeder when Well Disguised gave birth to a colt foal in 2016 by Midnight Legend. However, It proved a bittersweet time for the well-regarded British based sire as only a couple of months after the birth of 'Mac', Midnight legend died at the age of 25. Less than a year later, one of his sons (Sizing John) captured the blue riband of Jumps Racing when winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Well Disguised is boarded at Eildon Hill Stud in nearby Melrose, so like his sisters 'Mac' spent the first couple of years of his life with the foals of 2016 in the spacious fields surrounding the stud. But as he outgrew the next crops of  foals and yearlings, 'Mac' was moved on down the road from Dodlands and since turning 2yr old, he has been enjoying the close care of Ruth Jardine at her livery yard.

When not at Ruth's this year, Nights In Venice has spent time under the tutelage of Gary Rutherford and after completing his education there, he came into Dodlands for a couple of weeks in late Spring 2019 to get an initial feel for stable life and morning gallops.
But he didn't miss the lush grass, warm weather and, er, torrential rain of the Scottish Summer though and has been maturing and strengthening all the time back chez Jardine.

'Mac' rejoined the yard at the beginning of Spring 2020 where he was joined by his contemporaries from the batch of 2019 (sales arena!).
Together, they gained further experience the regular morning routine and started to work upsides current inmates on the gallops.


Season win 2nd 3rd 4th other
2020-21 NH Flat     1
Current Season Form
28 March 21 Carlisle : 2m 1f NH Flat Race (Class 5) soft 10 ran (Conor O'Farrell) -   9th (beaten 21l)                                                  race video
Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, soon outpaced, weakened final furlong
Nights In Venice is a nice type of gelding and even allowing for the very slow pace of this race which wouldn't have been to suit, this was a disappointing run.  
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