June 7, 2019 News
JOCKEY Danny Tudhope reached a significant milestone in his career this week when riding his 1,000th winner but you get the distinct feeling he is only just getting started.
Tudhope is retained by the increasingly powerful Clipper Logistics operation, while a number of trainers are giving him more chances alongside the support of long-time ally David O’Meara.
We spoke to Tudhope about his success, about Royal Ascot and got the lowdown on some eyecatching rides at Haydock on Saturday.
You rode your 1,000th winner on Monday. How big an achievement was that for you?
It was a big thing but I think it’s something I’ll look back on and appreciate more once I’ve stopped riding. Yes, it’s a great achievement as you don’t really know how many winners you’ve ridden until you reach that landmark and you’re told, so I enjoyed it. Hopefully I can add a lot more winners before I stop.
Have you had much chance to celebrate reaching such a notable milestone?
It was just a normal, everyday thing in many ways. I’ve not really had much of a chance to take it in or have a celebration of any sorts as I’ve been so busy riding. I’ll keep ticking on and ultimately tomorrow is another day.
You’re flying high in the Flat jockeys’ championship at the moment. Would it mean a lot to you if you were able to win the title?
Of course. It’s going to be very hard though and, while it’s only early days, I don’t think I’m quite in a position to challenge yet. I think Silvestre [de Sousa] and Oisin [Murphy] will fight it out at the end of the season. I’m doing what I’m doing and riding winners and doing my job. If it happens that I’m still in there with a chance come end of July/August then I’ll probably concentrate on it a lot more.
You are retained by Steve Parkin of Clipper Logistics – he seems a man with big plans, is that right?
You’ve got no idea how much he loves his horses. He’s a very passionate man when it comes to racing and he wants to be a big owner. He puts a lot of money into the sport and he wants, and deserves, the success and he’s getting that now. We’re getting the winners week in and week out and it’s a case of keeping trying to find the really good ones.
And how important are big-race successes to yourself and Clipper Logistics?
He’s a great man to work for and he wants the big winners and the good horses, like Soldier’s Call last season. He wants to be running at the big places like Royal Ascot and hopefully Solider’s Call can do what he did in the Windsor Castle last year in the King’s Stand Stakes this year as he’s a very smart horse.
Suedois has been a flagbearer for Parkin and George Turner over the past couple of years. How do you rate his chances in the John Of Gaunt (3.35) at Haydock on Saturday?
He’s a grand horse. I think he’s still in good form and as good a horse as he’s always been. Things haven’t happened right for him recently and I’m really looking forward to riding him again. I think I can get the best out of him again and get him to show all his class. There’s definitely another big day in him yet.
Suedois is trained by David O’Meara. How has it been progressing together as a trainer and jockey through your careers?
It’s been great. David’s been so good to me and with Steve [Parkin] wanting me to ride for him more David’s let me do that. We’ve always worked well together and that means a lot.
Klassique is an eyecatching ride for you in the Pinnacle Stakes (2.35). How do you rate her prospects?
She’s a really interesting ride. She’s progressive and has run really well on her two most recent starts so hopefully she can step up again, albeit True Self looks a tough rival. She’s one I’m looking forward to as is Wise Council, who runs later on the card and is in good form.
Klassique is trained by William Haggas, who has increasingly been using you. What do you make of him as a trainer?
William has given me a lot of opportunities and I’ve got a really good strike-rate for him this year (ten wins and three places from 15 rides). William knows his horses very well and of all the trainers I’ve ridden for he really knows the time of day and how his horses are going to perform. He’s a good guy.
And, finally, with Royal Ascot on the horizon, how are things with Queen Anne contender Lord Glitters?
I’d put a line through his run in the Lockinge. It wasn’t run to suit and wasn’t him at all. He’s run well at Ascot before and if he can bounce back and run like he did in the Dubai Turf two starts ago then he can win a big race this year.