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Tudhope changes tactics to Thunder home on Royal Ascot runner-up

Tuesday: Pontefract

Ascot this isn't. You would not wear top hat and tails here and nor would you ride as though you were at the Queen's racecourse.

Nobody knows that better than Danny Tudhope, who partnered four winners at the royal meeting last month and has won more races than most at Pontefract over the last five seasons.

Having come from behind on Thunder Beauty to finish second in the Group 2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Ascot three weeks ago, he switched to front-running tactics as the filly dropped to Listed company in the Weatherbys Bloodstock Pro Pipalong Stakes (1600m).

And with no Saffron Beach to worry about this time, Tudhope guided the 3-1 co-favourite to a five-length win, her first victory since joining David O'Meara after several decent efforts.

"She deserves that, she really does," Tudhope said. "She put in a solid display at Royal Ascot.

"I think we got the tactics right today. It’s very hard to hold a horse up here and come from out the back and there was no pace on so we changed tactics. She's improved a lot this year.”

Stewards' aim for Lampang

Wokingham sixth Lampang is set for a crack at another big prize in the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood after taking the 6f handicap under David Allan.

The five-year-old earned a 16-1 quote from sponsors Coral for the July 30 showpiece and trainer Tim Easterby's son William said: "The Stewards' Cup looks the obvious race.

"It could be ideal for him, he's actually almost got a bit too much speed for a stiff track like this, he was travelling too well. 

"He ran a little bit free at Ascot as well and that's another stiff six furlongs. The sharp six at Goodwood should really suit him. He didn't run a bad race last year and he looks a better horse now."

Lampang had launched his season with a win at Ayr and Easterby said: "He's really come on for being gelded – it's changed his attitude altogether and he's running well. He ran a good race at Ascot and he won nicely today."

Chimed backers feel a Chill 

Gelding had a less obviously beneficial effect on Chimed, who could manage only fifth when sent off 4-11 favourite for the 1m2f maiden on his first run since the operation.

That left Ed Bethell thankful not to have run scared of one horse with Chillingham, who showed the benefit of his debut fifth at Redcar last month as he scored by three-quarters of a length under Kevin Stott.

"He made a pleasing start and I knew he'd improve with racing," the trainer said. "It was a case of whether the favourite was going to be very tough to beat. I hope the handicapper won’t take it too literally.

"There was a shortage of mile-and-a-quarter maidens for this type of horse in the north of England. Our hand was kind of forced to come here, otherwise we were waiting until Leicester on the 16th, which wouldn’t have suited us."


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