Daniel Tudhope - In the saddle: Magnificent seven chances to pip Atzeni to York’s leading jockey title

In the saddle: Jockey Daniel Tudhope.
In the saddle: Jockey Daniel Tudhope.
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We are having a fantastic time at David O’Meara’s yard at the moment.

Last weekend in Paris, we won our second Group 1 race in a month when Move In Time produced a wonderful display of sprinting to win the Prix de l’Abbaye.

That came after G Force’s victory in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock in early September.

There’s nothing like winning on very good horses – and we’re hoping for more of the same at York today and tomorrow.

David is keen to be crowned top trainer at the racecourse for the second consecutive year. He leads Richard Fahey by three winners as we enter the last two days of the season on Knavesmire. It looks like a comfortable lead, but we all know how much Richard wants to be leading trainer for an eighth time so he won’t be giving up just yet.

For my part, I trail Andrea Atzeni by one winner, but my Sardinian colleague in the weighing room isn’t riding at York on either day .... and I have a ‘magnificent seven’ chances to get past him.

Defending champion Ryan Moore is firmly in the mix with good rides today and as Frankie proved that memorable day at Ascot, someone else could yet have a stunning afternoon, so all to ride for.

Now that we are well into the autumn, we’re seeing more lightly-raced horses who like a little bit of give in the ground coming out to run.

That’s the case with a few of my mounts, including Eccleston who targets the Bell Trailers Stakes at 2.30pm today.

He won in soft conditions at Sandown back in April and, fingers crossed, it will be third time lucky this season for him at York.

Balducci, who ran a good race to be third during the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival, would have a little chance in the intriguingly titled, This Isn’t The “Stan James Champion Hurdle” Stakes 30 minutes later. Run over a new distance at York, known as a mile-and-a-sixteenth in the States, it gives me a little more time to get where I want to be, before we start to turn for home.

Chancery, too, would have an opportunity of success in the Parsonage Hotel and Cloisters Spa Stakes, at 4.05pm, if he returns to the kind of form he showed in 2013 when he won twice at York.

Saturday offers me a quartet of runners, starting with Fattsota in the Download The Coral App Stakes at 2.20pm. This is the six-year-old’s first run at York and he would certainly have a good chance.

Then it’s the big one of the afternoon at 3.30pm, the £75,000 Coral Sprint Trophy which was well oversubscribed with declared horses and so there is a maximum field of 20 runners.

David O’Meara certainly isn’t holding back. He runs three, including my mount, Watchable, who won a big sprint at the inaugural Irish Champions Weekend last month.

The Ayr Gold Cup probably came too soon for him, just six days later, so the little break before tomorrow will have done him good.

It will be a tough race to win because the competition will ensure it is hotly contested. David’s two other runners, Highland Acclaim and Out Do, wouldn’t be without chances either.

I haven’t ridden Kashmiri Sunset, my horse in the Easyodds supported handicap at 4.45pm, before.

He has won this season and ran into a fourth spot during the Ebor Festival.

In the final race of the season at York, David has multiple runners again. That’s the Coldstream Guards Association Cup at 5.20pm.

It will be a little tense if either of us still needs a winner by that stage of the afternoon.

Of the four runners from the yard, I think I’m on the best one. That’s Open Eagle, who I think is also my best chance of the afternoon overall, even though he has not got his head in front for 12 months.

This is his time of year and, touch wood, I can round off a super season at York with a final winner.

The last racing at York in 2014 is today and tomorrow. This afternoon is Countryside Day, while the concluding fixture tomorrow features the Coral Sprint Trophy. Admission amiable on the gates. Further details at www.yorkracecourse.co.uk.