TUDHOPE HOPING TO CONTINUE RED-HOT FORM AT YORKSHIRE SUMMER FESTIVAL AS HE CHASES DREAM JOCKEYS TITLE

Jockey Daniel Tudhope is hoping he can continue his recent fantastic form into the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival, which begins on Saturday 20th July, as the race to be crowned Champion Flat Jockey heats up.

The 33-year-old has enjoyed a superb start to the season, securing 62 wins and finding himself at the top of the 2019 Flat Jockeys’ Championship.

Tudhope, who is based in Thirsk, was named top jockey at the 2017 and 2018 Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festivals and securing the hat-trick is firm on his mind.

He said: “The Go Racing In Yorkshire Festival is great, I have been top jockey for the last two years and I’m certainly hoping to repeat that this year. I love riding in Yorkshire and for local trainers, so it’s brilliant when I get the chance to do that. The festival also adds a bit of healthy competition amongst us jockeys, which is good, as everyone wants to be top jockey at the end.”

The Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival takes place from Saturday 20th July – Sunday 28th July, featuring ten race meetings across eight racecourses in Yorkshire:

  • Saturday 20th July – Ripon
  • Saturday 20th July (Evening) – Doncaster
  • Sunday 21st July – Redcar
  • Monday 22nd July (Evening) – Beverley
  • Wednesday 24th July – Catterick
  • Thursday 25th July (Evening) – Doncaster
  • Friday 26th July – Thirsk
  • Friday 26th July (Evening) – York
  • Saturday 27th July – York
  • Sunday 28th July – Pontefract

39 of Tudhope’s victories this season have been at Yorkshire tracks, including his 1,000th UK career victory with the David O’Meara-trained Ingleby Hollow at Thirsk Racecourse last month.

Tudhope and O’Meara, who is also based in Yorkshire, have enjoyed 29 wins together this year and a staggering 420 throughout Tudhope’s career.

Other notable wins for Tudhope this season include a terrific double on the opening day of Royal Ascot, firstly with Lord Glitters in the Queen Anne Stakes, which is part of the 2019 QIPCO British Champions Series, and then with Addeybb in the Wolferston Stakes.

He then secured two additional Royal Ascot wins, aboard Move Swiftly in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes and Space Traveller in the Jersey Stakes.

Tudhope’s win with Lord Glitters in the Queen Anne Stakes was his first success in the 2019 QIPCO British Champions Series.

Tudhope continued: “Obviously I would love to be Champion Jockey, that would be the dream, but there is a long way to go and I just want to ride as many winners as possible.”

Editorial and photograph courtesy of Great British Racing

LOOKALIKE LEGENDS FAMILY DAY

Our second of three Sunday meetings takes place on 28th July as we host our Lookalike Legends Family Day. After a hugely successful Flat Cap & Whippet Family Day in June, we are looking forward to another busy meeting and have even more going on for the crowds to get enjoy.

This meeting is also the last meeting of the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival 2019 and we have seven fantastic races to wrap it up. The Festival kicks off on Saturday 20th July at Ripon with seven other Yorkshire Racecourses playing host to a further nine meetings over nine days.

Joining us on our Lookalike Legends day are three fantastic tribute acts who will be playing throughout the day. Classic Kylie (12.00-12.40), TotOlly Murs (12.50-13.30) will be performing prior to racing and the final act, Totally Take That (17.50-18.40), hit the stage after the conclusion of our final race.

As all of our family days, we will have a children’s funfair, free sweets, children’s racecards, pony rides, face painting, bus trips to the start of races and loads more for the kids to enjoy. If it’s a fun day out with the family you’re after, this is the place to be.

The feature on track is The Sky Bet Go-Racing-In-Yorkshire Summer Festival Pomfret Stakes and is our third listed race of the season, and was won last year by Big Country, who went on to run in Group races in Norway and Sweden. That victory was the second of four on the day for Silvestre De Sousa and trainer Michael Appleby. Champion jockey, De Sousa, has already enjoyed success at Ponte this season having ridden a treble here in June. Their first winner of last year’s meeting came in the way of Michele Strogoff who won well in our third race of the day.

The meeting kicks off with The British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes run over 5 furlongs and won last year by Richard Fahey’s Flawless Jewel who bolted up to win by an astonishing 16 lengths. Fahey was top trainer for last year’s Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival and will certainly have his eye on retaining the prize this year.

The ITV7 Starts Now Handicap Stakes is our second race on the card and has been won by David Allan and Tim Easterby for the past two years, most recently with Multellie. The final race of the afternoon is The Fly High Faye Nickels Handicap Stakes and was won convincingly by Classic Pursuit to seal a four-timer for De Sousa. Following this race, the top trainer and jockey of the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival will be presented with a prize (unless this has been decided prior to Sunday 28th).  Join us for the finale of the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival on what promises to be a fun filled day! We are offering a family ticket for just £25 which admits 2 adults and their children (under 18) into the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure. Head to www.pontefract-races.co.uk to secure your tickets now.

KARL BURKE FEELS THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME AHEAD OF YORKSHIRE SUMMER FESTIVAL

Racehorse Trainer, Karl Burke feels there’s no better place to live and work than in Yorkshire as he prepares for the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival which begins this Saturday 20th July.

Discussing his love for Yorkshire in an interview with Great British Racing, the 56-year-old said: “First and foremost it’s a beautiful place to live. I’ve always been somebody who wanted the workplace to be separate from the living place and here you get the best of both worlds – a great place to work in and a great place to live in.”

Burke is based at Spigot Lodge in Leyburn and has been there ever since he moved to Yorkshire from Newmarket back in 2001. One of the biggest wins of his career to date came at York Racecourse when Libertarian stormed to victory in the 2013 Dante Stakes at the huge price of 33/1.

As a day that still lives as Karl’s fondest memory of racing in Yorkshire, he said: “That was pretty special. At the time it was the first Yorkshire-trained winner in the race for 70 odd years, that was a great thrill.”

Discussing the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival, Burke said: “It’s a great concept. A great advert for Yorkshire, advertising not only the tracks, but the trainers, the facilities that we’ve all got as well as Yorkshire in general.

“We’ve got a couple of horses that could be competitive in the two-year-old races during the festival – Seize The Time is a nice filly. Divinity will do very well, she’s already won at Ripon earlier this year and if there’s one of those Handicaps at Ripon and she turns up there, she’ll be very competitive.”

On the fixtures he’s most looking forward to during the festival, he said: “The obvious one is York. It’s a fantastic track, great facilities for Owners and Trainers and fantastic prize money. I equally enjoy those meetings at Thirsk and Ripon – They’re so close and that makes it a pleasure to go to.”

The Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival takes place from Saturday 20th July – Sunday 28th July, featuring 10 race meetings across eight racecourses in Yorkshire:

  • Saturday 20th July – Ripon
  • Saturday 20th July (Evening) – Doncaster
  • Sunday 21st July – Redcar
  • Monday 22nd July (Evening) – Beverley
  • Wednesday 24th July – Catterick
  • Thursday 25th July (Evening) – Doncaster
  • Friday 26th July – Thirsk
  • Friday 26th July (Evening) – York
  • Saturday 27th July – York
  • Sunday 28th July – Pontefract

Go Racing In Yorkshire will also host an open afternoon at Jack Berry House in Malton on Tuesday 23rd July.