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Danny’s Delights – Ascot Ace Tudhope’s Four Newcastle Rides Assessed

Danny Tudhope

After a terrific week at Royal Ascot which saw him return with four winners, Danny Tudhope is one of the leading riders of the moment. He ventures to Newcastle on Thursday and we have assessed his four rides alongside SBK‘s new customer offer of £30 in Free Bets when you deposit £10.

Corporate Raider (1.35 Newcastle)

Robert Cowell’s charge is first up for Tudhope on Thursday. There looks likely to be a lot going for CORPORATE RAIDER in this contest too.

He was very slowly away on his debut at Catterick, but made up enough late ground to go into many people’s notebooks in fourth. He was then declared in Beverley’s Two Year Old Trophy, a race that has worked out very well.

Though he was only sixth of seven, Corporate Raider was not beaten far behind some useful horses. The winner, Chateau, went on to be fourth in the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot, while even more substantially, the fast-finishing third, The Ridler, won the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes at that meeting.

Having not been disgraced at all behind useful opposition, he could easily step up back in this novice event. The step up to 6f looks likely to help him given the way he has finished off over 5f and he can be confidently expected to at least hit the frame.


Shining Blue (2.45 Newcastle)

Tudhope’s best chance comes in the highest quality race of the day. This class 2 handicap features some very useful operators.

However, SHINING BLUE could easily prove a level above these and is easily the standout in this six-runner field. The four-year-old only made it to a racecourse in May, but has won both his career starts.

He was conceding 18lb to Dukedom, a 78-rated horse of John & Thady Gosden’s, due to their age. However, Shining Blue beat him cosily by 2½ lengths. Following up in novice company, he was carrying 10st 6lb, almost unheard of on the flat, but still prevailed by a neck against some reputable horses of the Classic generation.

Running in a handicap for the first time, he may find 9st a featherweight in comparison to the burdens he has borne on his first two starts. One significant challenge for him will be to race against his peers and elders for the first time. But, if anything, that could seem straightforward given the weight he has had to concede to some promising three-year-olds.

As long as the son of Exceed And Excel takes to the all-weather surface at Newcastle, he should be winning in good style from a mark of 94.


Iur Cinn Tra (3.20 Newcastle)

It was a frustrating wait for IUR CINN TRA to get off the mark, but eventually a switch to the all-weather paid dividends last autumn.

David O’Meara’s three-year-old initially seemed too well-handicapped on his juvenile efforts, finishing fifth in his first three nursery events, including one over course and distance. However, when making the running over 6f at Chelmsford, he finally got off the mark from a rating of 65.

On his return in April, he scored again in similar fashion, this time back on turf over 5f at Nottingham. He was gelded soon after, but could not maintain his form at Ripon recently, returning to type in finishing fifth.

Despite his first win coming over 6f, he is possibly better over the minimum trip. Similarly, he was notably badly drawn when running here for the first time, but stall two is much more generous for this race.


Macchiavello (4.30 Newcastle)

Tudhope will be riding for two sets of extremely powerful connections at once in the finale, as MACCHIAVELLO is half-owned by both Amo Racing and Michael Tabor from Coolmore.

Trained by Karl Burke, the son of No Nay Never ran some good races in defeat last season, including behind the very useful Tiber Flow on his first run at this track. He had a wind surgery, as well as a gelding operation in between that run and his reappearance at Ripon.

Though he was only sixth at the Yorkshire venue, that should have freed him up after a six-month layoff. The return to 7f could easily be back in his favour now he has matured from two to three.

Similarly, headgear is now turned to in order to help him concentrate, which should also be boosted by this being his second run after the aforementioned wind op. A mark of 70 should prove on eh can win off in time and he is expected to be a factor.


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