Parkin’s As­cot win­ner eyes Amer­ica

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RACING - RAC­ING COR­RE­SPON­DENT Email: tom.rich­mond@ypn.co.uk Twit­ter: @Opin­ionYP Tom Rich­mond

THE BREED­ERS’ Cup in Amer­ica is the long-term tar­get for North York­shire jockey Danny Tud­hope’s Royal As­cot win­ner Sol­dier’s Call.

Run­ning in the colours of Leeds busi­ness­man Steve Parkin, who owns Clip­per Lo­gis­tics, the two-year-old’s triumph in the Wind­sor Cas­tle Stakes was a first suc­cess in rac­ing’s show­case meet­ing for am­bi­tious sec­ond­sea­son trainer Archie Wat­son – one of the sport’s ris­ing stars.

The Show­cas­ing colt showed daz­zling speed to head up the group of horses rac­ing clos­est to the stands’ side rail in this 28-run­ner cavalry charge on the con­clud­ing day of Royal As­cot.

He also demon­strated great re­solve in the clos­ing stages of the five-fur­long con­test as Sabre, trained by Mal­ton’s Richard Fa­hey and the mount of Paul Hana­gan, burst from the pack to throw down a se­ri­ous bid for glory.

But Sol­dier’s Call dug deep to win by a half-a-length to give Wat­son rec­om­pense for fin­ish­ing sec­ond with Nate The Great an hour ear­lier in the Che­sham Stakes.

Lam­bourn-based Wat­son, who served his ap­pren­tice­ship with Skip­ton-born trainer Wil­liam Hag­gas, said: “I’m very blessed. It means the world to me and the whole team at home.

“We are a very young team and I’m sure there will be some par­ty­ing. This horse has got so much nat­u­ral speed. We were um­ming and ah­hing about whether to run in the Nor­folk Stakes or the Wind­sor Cas­tle. So I’m glad our de­ci­sion to run here has been vin­di­cated.

“We are just grate­ful to Steve Parkin and his team for send­ing us this cal­i­bre of horse.

“I would imag­ine the Mol­comb (at Glo­ri­ous Good­wood) would be his aim. We would love to go to Churchill Downs for the new Breed­ers’ Cup race over five-anda-half fur­longs for two-year-olds in Novem­ber if that’s the way the sea­son pro­gresses.

“He and Nate The Great are two very nat­u­ral horses and there is nice strength in depth to our twoyear-olds.”

The win was po­ten­tially a sea­son-defin­ing suc­cess for Danny Tud­hope, The York­shire Post’s Sat­ur­day rac­ing colum­nist.

A year af­ter he won the Wok­ing­ham Hand­i­cap on Out Do to record his break­through Royal As­cot win, he re­flected: “It’s been a long week, it is very hard to get win­ners here, but I am de­lighted for Archie to get his first Royal As­cot win­ner.

“It was a great per­for­mance from this horse. He’s got so much speed, he was a bit be­hind the rest of them on the far side but I was able to do my own thing – noth­ing has­sled me. I just wanted to keep it sim­ple and stay straight. He won nicely in the end.”

How­ever, Fa­hey was slightly frus­trated by the run­ning of Sabre.

“Sabre has run a blinder. He flew home and we do like the horse. He has sec­on­di­tis a bit,” said the trainer, whose Sands Of Mali was a fast-fin­ish­ing sec­ond in Fri­day’s Group One Com­mon­wealth Cup.

“He prob­a­bly didn’t han­dle com­ing down the hill that well and got him­self out of po­si­tion and into one where he prob­a­bly shouldn’t have been, but that is not his fault – that’s rac­ing.

“Once he hit the ris­ing ground, he took off. He could go up to six fur­longs or we could stay at five fur­longs – he is a nice horse. I like him and I thought he would win so I’m dis­ap­pointed. I’ll get him home and see how he is be­fore mak­ing any fur­ther plans as ev­ery horse who runs at Royal As­cot has a tough race.”

I’m glad our de­ci­sion to run here has been vin­di­cated. Trainer Archie Wat­son on Sol­dier’s Call’s Royal As­cot win.

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