Danny Tudhope reached a career milestone of 1,000 domestic winners by steering Ingleby Hollow to victory at Thirsk.
Monday’s landmark success could not have been more fitting because it was for trainer David O’Meara, with whom Tudhope is stable jockey, in the racingtv.com Handicap.
Tudhope, who rode his first winner in 2004, was in a good position on Ingleby Hollow (5-2) and comfortably moved into the lead two furlongs from home.
Francophilia threatened in the final furlong, but Tudhope kept the seven-year-old up to his work to cross the line three-quarters of a length to the good.
He told Racing TV: “He’s a stable star – I’ve probably got a soft spot for him.
“That’s the sixth time I’ve won on him – so we have a good relationship, and I was pleased to do it on him.
“He’s probably better at a mile and six, but I’d rather ride him over a mile and a half than two miles because is keen as well. As long as you get into a good rhythm he’ll run well.”
Tudhope also gave O’Meara great credit for helping him reach four figures.
“You have your ups and downs in this game. I was lucky enough to find David at the right time, and if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have got here,” he said.
“It’s gone well, and I’m very pleased.”
Tudhope has enjoyed support from lots of trainers, including the top Newmarket yard of William Haggas.
“It’s been great. William is a great guy to ride for, got a lot of horses, and it’s a powerful stable to be part of – I’m very grateful for that,” he added.
“I get a lot of support from a lot of trainers and have many people to thank for that.”
Tudhope had ridden his 999th winner earlier on the card on Ninjago (7-1) for Paul Midgley in the six-furlong selling handicap.
His first Group One triumph came on G Force for O’Meara in the Haydock Sprint Cup in 2014, and he has enjoyed further wins since at the highest level both at home and abroad.