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SIR DANCEALOT OUT TO BOOST FINE YORK RECORD

DUAL Group 2 winner Sir Dancealot is the star name among five declarations received for the Listed Equinity Technology Ganton Stakes – the feature contest on tomorrow’s intriguing seven-race card at York.

Trained in Newmarket by the evergreen David Elsworth, the five-year-old captured last season’s Lennox Stakes and Hungerford Stakes during a twelve-start campaign that yielded four victories.

Having made a pleasing return to finish midfield in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury last month, the son of Sir Prancealot is set to make his third start over one mile on the Knavesmire, as long as the rainfall that has affected many part of the UK clears away.

“We’d obviously like to run, but we’ll have to play it by ear with the weather,” Elsworth said.

“He was due to run in the John O’Gaunt Stakes at Haydock last Saturday but we pulled him out as the ground got heavy.”

Reflecting on his reappearance performance, Elsworth added: “He’s been fine after the Lockinge and he’s in good form. Arguably, he could have just needed the run at Newbury but, even so, if he runs as well as he did there at York it will put him on the premises.”

Sir Dancealot has previous experience of the Knavesmire having landed the coral.co.uk Listed Rockingham Stakes in 2016, prior to finishing third behind Harry Angel in the Group 2 Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes last season.

Both of those contests were run over six furlongs and Elsworth is considering a return to sprinting with his charge having entered him in the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket.

“We’ve got a second half of the season campaign mapped out for him,” Elsworth said. “He’s in the July Cup and he’s obviously got speed. His trip is not an exact science, but we’ll throw our hat in the ring at York.”

Sir Dancealot will once again be partnered by regular rider Gerald Mosse and Elsworth is unfazed how the race will pan out from a tactical perspective.

He said: “I’ll leave the steering to the jockey, but he settles well and he’s quite an amenable horse – he’s pretty straightforward.”

Rated 115, Sir Dancealot is 3lb clear of his nearest rival on official figures, that being Owen Burrows’ course and distance winner Wadilsafa, who will carry a penalty for his comfortable success in the Listed Fortune Stakes at Sandown last year.

Elsewhere in the £50,000 contest, the consistent Oh This Is Us will make his eighth start of the year for Richard Hannon, while two members of the Classic generation will try to topple their elders.

They are the Andrew Balding-trained Happy Power, who finished close-up behind subsequent Group 3 winner Safe Voyage in the Listed Spring Trophy at Haydock last month, and David Simcock’s Raakib Alhawa.

York’s latest two-day meeting gets underway on Friday afternoon with the first race due off at 1.50pm.

SUMMER SANDS A SHORE THING AT BEVERLEY

Summer Sands booked his place at Royal Ascot with a classy victory in the £40,000 Truckingby Brian Yeardley Two-Year-Old Trophy at Beverley on Saturday.

Sent off an 11-4 chance in a hot five-runner affair, Richard Fahey’s two-year-old son of Coach House from the outset looked the real deal in the hands of Barry McHugh.

Summer Sands, owned by the Cool Silk Partnership, travelled kindly for much of the five-furlong journey before he took control inside the final 100 yards.

Brave runner-up Oh Purple Reign put up a spirited performance, but Fahey’s juvenile, who was an eyecatching third at York on his debut, kicked on to score by half a length.

Cool Silk partner Peter Swann, who is also chairman of Scunthorpe Utd, said: “This horse pleased us at York, when Barry didn’t give him a hard time.

“We knew he’d progress from that and since then he’s just grown and grown.

“This was a good race, but he’s done it so well in the end and looks a proper racehorse.

“This is a nice prize to win, though, and hopefully we can get to Royal Ascot with him – for me, he looks like a Coventry horse.”

Fahey added: “We were pleased with him at York and the form from that race has worked out quite well.

“We thought he’d improve for that and he’s done just that.

“Things can all change, but if I was choosing, you’d say he’d go for the Coventry Stakes.”

YORKSHIRE JOCKEY TUDHOPE REACHES LANDMARK 1,000TH WINNER AT THIRSK

Yorkshire-based jockey Daniel Tudhope today secured his 1,000th UK career victory with Ingleby Hollow at Thirsk Racecourse this afternoon, joining an illustrious list of jockeys to have reached the landmark.

Tudhope joins the likes of Frankie Dettori and three-time Champion Flat Jockey, Silvestre De Sousa, to have reached the milestone.

The win was his second of the day following an earlier win on Ninjago and marked his 63rd success at Thirsk, Tudhope’s local track and his fourth-highest performing racecourse behind Wolverhampton (98), Ayr (76), and Southwell (72).

On reaching the landmark, the 33-year-old, said: “It’s obviously a fantastic achievement and something I’m very proud to have done. It was even more special to do it at Thirsk, which is where I live, and to do it with all my family there is great.”

Ingleby Follow is trained by David O’Meara, who is also based in Yorkshire, and the win marks Tudhope’s 413th victory for the trainer. Discussing the influence of him in reaching the milestone, Tudhope said: “Without the likes of David and my agent, Laura Way, I wouldn’t be here. It’s all down to them.”

Notable victories amongst the 1,000 include two UK Group 1 triumphs, most recently with Laurens in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket and back in 2014 with the O’Meara-trained G Force in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock.
Tudhope also enjoyed a victory with Lord Glitters, also trained by David O’Meara in the Balmoral Handicap on the 2017 QIPCO British Champions Day.

Discussing his career highlights, he said: “The win on G-Force in the Sprint Cup at Haydock back in 2014 definitely stands out for me. Being my first ever Group 1 win, that is something I will never forget.”

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