Tudhope notches memorable hat-trick

Apprentice Danny Tudhope stole the show at Ayr today when completing a near 109-1 treble with three superbly judged front-running rides on Lets Roll, Acomb and Tartatartufata.

Apprentice Danny Tudhope stole the show at Ayr today when completing a near 109-1 treble with three superbly judged front-running rides on Lets Roll, Acomb and Tartatartufata.

Trainer Chris Thornton had shrewdly snapped up the former for only 1,400 guineas at Doncaster Sales.

And he will be raising his sights with the four-year-old after he ran out a one-and-a-quarter-length winner of the Freephone Stanleybet Handicap from Pass The Port, the four runners having remained in the same order throughout.

“Things have been difficult since Guy Reed stopped sending me as many horses, in fact I have only one for him at the moment, so Lets Roll has been a godsend to the yard, he has run 19 times and been in the money on 17 occasions,” Thornton said of the 11-4 winner.

“I think he has earned a chance at a good race and I would like to run him in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle next Saturday.

“We need quite a few to come out, but a 3lb penalty takes him on to 7st 12lb so that will help, though I am not sure he would run if it was really firm ground.”

Acomb (11-2) defied a 6lb penalty to beat Go Padero by three-quarters of a length in the Stanleybet June Meeting Handicap.

Afterwards, Noel Wilson’s representative Bret Peel had good news of the trainer’s wife Nicky, who had a horrendous fall at Ripon 10 days ago.

Peel said: “Nicky is back home now and though she is still confined to bed, she is on the mend and Noel is at home looking after her.”

Tartatartufata (7-2) completed a day to remember for Tudhope, who now needs only one more winner before his allowance is cut to 3lb following their half-length success from Turn On The Style in the stanleybet.com Handicap.

Andrew Elliott, whose father Bobby was a top jockey and who has recently handed in his trainer’s licence, was another youngster seen to good effect as he rallied long-time leader Lobengula to get back up in the Stanleybet Summer Handicap and deny Mobane Flyer by a short-head

Winning trainer Ian McInnes said of the 33-1 chance: “I must admit that was a bit of a shock. But it is our sixth winner of the season and it will make the long trip back home more enjoyable.”

Mecca’s Mate is a very speedy individual and she continued in fine form with a two-and-a-half-length success over The Leather Wedge in the Stanleybet Handicap.

She is owned in partnership by her trainer David Barker and David Metcalfe, who said: “I bought a half share off David as a yearling.

“The main plan it to go for the greys-only race at Newmarket on August 13, but she may run at Newcastle on Saturday in a race Sierra Vista won for us last year.”

Her rider Fergal Lynch completed a double when Yasoodd provided him with his first success for Mick Channon when taking the Freephone Stanleybet EBF Maiden Stakes by three lengths from Silent Times.

“It is a good day for the ‘stable’. Alan Harrison is agent for Danny Tudhope and myself and he does a great job,” smiled Lynch.

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