Tud­hope full of praise for su­per­star Lau­rens

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT - TOM RICH­MOND

JOCKEY Danny Tud­hope paid trib­ute to the tenac­ity of Lau­rens af­ter York­shire’s rac­ing su­per­star vir­tu­ally made all to win New­mar­ket’s pres­ti­gious Sun Char­iot Stakes.

The fifth Group One win in the bur­geon­ing ca­reer of Lau­rens was the se­cond on the Karl Burke-trained horse for North York­shire-based Tud­hope, who con­tin­ues to deputise for the in- jury-side­lined jockey PJ Mc­Don­ald.

Just as in last month’s Ma­tron Stakes at Leop­ard­stown, Tud­hope was al­ways prom­i­nent on the John Dance-owned filly, vic­to­ri­ous in the French Oaks ear­lier this year, and was con­tent to go stride for stride with Hap­pily through the early stages.

Lau­rens soon started to pres­sure her ri­vals though and with a fur­long and a half to run Tud­hope was still mo­tion­less with ev­ery­one else hard at work.

The Ai­dan O’Brien-trained Hap­pily did even­tu­ally rally and Lau­rens only had a head to spare at the line with Roger Var­ian’s Al­tyn Orda in third.

Tud­hope said: “She’s been a great spare ride. I’m very grate­ful to Karl and PJ for putting me for­ward.

“She’s done it well and is very tough.

“I was hop­ing she’d re­lax more and she did, she got the job done and is a su­per filly.”

Ley­burn-based Burke be­lieves the rain at New­mar­ket did not nec­es­sar­ily suit his sta­ble star, who now has a range of big-race op­tions.

Burke said: “I might have been curs­ing the rain if she’d got col­lared. Danny said on that ground she was chang­ing her legs, danc­ing and hop­ping around. She’s a great filly. Two out I thought she was go­ing to bolt up and she just needed the line in the last 100 yards.

“She could be sup­ple­mented for the Queen El­iz­a­beth II Stakes at As­cot, she’s al­ready in the Cham­pion Stakes and there’s two op­tions at the Breed­ers’ Cup so we’ve got a bit to dis­cuss and the main thing is to make sure she’s A1. The horse looked fan­tas­tic and it is all credit to the staff at home. They’ve done a fan­tas­tic job all year. You can’t ask any more of her.”

DANNY TUD­HOPE: The jockey part­nered Lau­rens to vic­tory in Satur­day’s Sun Char­iot Stakes.

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