Tudhope full of praise for superstar Laurens
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.