Midnight shift finally paying off

The Midnight Shift (Sam Collett) kept giving when asked to register his first win at Ruakaka on Tuesday.

The Midnight Shift started his payback to Paul Mirabelli when producing a form reversal at Ruakaka on Tuesday.

The He’s Remarkable gelding is owned and trained by Mirabelli, who bought him for $18,000 from the 2017 Select Yearling Sale at Karaka, and in eight previous starts his best results had been two fifths, the first over 1100m at Te Rapa last August and the other over 1300m when beating just two home at Hastings last month.

He was stepped up to 1600m without threatening and he finally clicked when facing a staying test in the Led Media Solutions 2200m when ridden by Sam Collett.

The Midnight Shift was kept in touch with the leader and put the pressure on in the run home and set down to a battle with Reflection after leading with 250m to run.

He didn’t help his chances when laying in a few times over the final stages and making contact with fourth-placed Grant, prepared by Shaune Ritchie, but still managed to kick on to win from Reflection, prepared by Ralph Manning, to give Cambridge the quinella.

The win was the first for the season for Mirabelli and capped seconds with Disraeli at Te Aroha on September 30 and Lucky Dreamer at Waverley on October 4.

The Midnight Shift is from the same family as the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby winner So Casual, who topped the 1998-99 NZ 3YO Free Handicap.