Night Comes In
Denholm Park col        ArthurVideo
Night Comes In : 2012 bay/brown gelding
Owner :  Denholm Park Racing
Arthur face photo


                                                                      Indian Ridge
                                        Definite Article
                                                                      Summer Fashion
  Night Comes In (IRE)
  2012 bay/brown gelding
                                                                      Desse Zenny
                                        Couture Daisy
                                                                      Couture d'Argent

The family

Much like the sire of this gelding, the dam Couture Daisy ran 5 times on the flat in Ireland, exclusively at The Curragh, although with singular lack of success. The switch to hurdles brought about improvement though, where she won a hurdle and was placed twice.
Couture Daisy is a half sister to the unraced Couture Rose, who is the dam of several winners, the best of whom is the Grand Steeplechase de Paris winner Remember Rose, a winner of 4 Grade 1 chases in France.  Grand dam Couture d'Argent (a winner on the level in France) has bred 4 individual winners in total, and is a half sister to 6 winners in France.
So, a family packed full of winners, and most recently Couture Daisy has tasted success as a broodmare with Tullyesker Hill (by Shantou) a winner of a bumper and 3 hurdles for David Pipe. Year older to our gelding, full sister Boomtown Knat finished runner up on debut in a Point-to-Point in January '17.
In 2016, Couture Daisy produced a filly foal, and another filly in 2017 both by Shantou and then was covered again by Shantou that same year.


About the sire

Definite Article (bay horse, born 1992) won in each of 3 consecutive seasons he raced, and was unbeaten as a 2 yr old. He was trained by the Irish maestro Dermot Weld at The Curragh. He won 5 races, including the National Stakes at 2, and Tattersalls Gold Cup at 4 with probably his career best being when short-headed by Winged Love in the Irish Derby. He did like his home track (The Curragh) which stages these races!

He was retired to stud in 1997, and stood at Morristown Latin Stud until retiring in 2012. His first crop included a horse better than himself in Vinnie Roe (also a successful jumps sire), a multiple winner on the Flat including 4 Irish St. Legers. Throughout, Definite Article has produced a host of class flat runners and his stock generally improve with age.

Over the jumps, Definite Article has had equal success with his progeny, the best of whom are Graded winners such as The Real Article, Black Jack Blues, the progressive Definitely Red and Grade 1 winning hurdler Pingshou.

Arthur schooling
Form Summary

You travel across the Irish Sea to an NH Store sale with over 800 catalogued horses, and end up bidding against you next door neighbour for what turned out to be the 3rd top lot on the day.....
The 3rd day of the Tattersalls (IRE) August '15 NH Store sale, for unraced and largely unbroken, 3 and 4 year olds had seen our hand-picked team (!) from Dodlands Steading set about the paddocks, catalogues in hand seeking that special horse, at the right price of course. Donald and Callum in tandem, pretend bloodstock agent Al off in his own world as usual, and Pinky & Mouse strategically placed in the bar, just in case a parade of horses was diverted that way.
Callum viewed the Definite Article lot that he had enthused about over breakfast, and he made a quick call to Kieron Edgar (based at Pipe's) to receive encouraging words about the half brother (Tullyesker Hill). The fine athletic, slightly unfurnished, gelding certainly caught the eye with a flowing walk, and although the 'reserve' was quite a sum (well, for us anyway), confidence was high that a bid there or thereabouts would secure. There were only 2 serious parties involved in the bidding, and we succeeded with probably our last bid in a duel with (then) Bonchester Bridge based trainer George Bewley and his leading owner Ian Gray (of martingrayracing). Nice men, just wish we'd compared notes beforehand.
So, what has happened in the intervening period? In Autumn 2015 Night Comes In was expertly educated by Tim Reed and spent several weeks of the first half of that season learning the ropes of morning exercise, and what was expected of him on the 'Up the Middle' gallop. He wasn't the quickest learner during this spell, but after a couple of months off during the worst of the winter weather in which he matured and strengthened, 'Arthur' duly returned to morning exercise. And it was during this second phase that the gelding started to show signs of ability that his pedigree/physique hinted at.
Night Comes In made his bumper debut, finishing a close up 6th, at Ayr in February '17, but it was his hurdle debut at Perth in April a couple of months later that sent our pulses racing. He may have only finished 5th (jumped well), but the quality of the race has been well proven since with 5 or 6 significant performances by runners since. He shouldn't be too long to come to hand, and will aim at staying novices' hurdles.
This exciting prospect has been leased to Denholm Park Racing for the 2017-18 season.

Season win 2nd 3rd 4th other
2016-17 NH Flat 1
2016-17 Hurdles         1
2017-18 Hurdles         3
2018-19 Hurdles         1
Current Season Form
17 May 18 Perth : 2m 4f Handicap hurdle (Class 5 0-100) OR100 good 10 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 5th (beaten 24l)                        Video20
Held up, driven and outpaced after omitted 3 out, soon struggling
Night Comes In was having his first run since a wind op. Callum reported that the operation had certainly improved his breathing but the horse didn't seem to be willing to let himself down on the sounder surface from the off, but he did keep on from 2 out.
Previous Season Form
19 January 18 Musselburgh : 2m 7½f handicap hurdle (Class 4 0-110) OR102 soft 6 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 11th (pulled up)                                   
Keen, help up in rear, ridden 4 out and soon lost touch, pulled up before 3 out
Night Comes In jumped well enough here but something was amiss as Callum pulled him up just when the race started in earnest. He'll be checked out in the next few days and may have a couple of months off to get any problem seen to.


23 December 17 Newcastle : 2m 4½f novices' hurdle (Class 4) soft 15 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 11th (beaten 50l)                                    race video
In rear, some headway 5 out, struggling 4 out and lost touch
Night Comes In has been schooled to death after his poor round of jumping at Kelso last time, and that approach clearly paid off as his jumping was excellent. He didn't run quite so well, running in snatches, weakening 3 out and needs a bit more time to improve physically.


28 October 17 Kelso : 2m National Hunt Maiden hurdle (Class 4) good 11 ran (C Whillans (3)) - 10th (beaten 58l)
Not jump well in rear, well behind from 3 out
Night Comes In had shown a fair bit of promise last season, but this was well below our expectations. He'll be checked out in the next few days.
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