Daniel Tudhope – Turf Topics: Nate could be Great at Ascot today

Firmament ridden by Daniel Tudhope. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA
Firmament ridden by Daniel Tudhope. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA
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I joined the Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival a day late, having opted to ride in Ireland seven days ago.

Selfishly speaking, what a good decision that was.

It’ll be highly competitive as always, with 19 horses going to post, and I would rate Intisaab as the most likely of our quartet.

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So Beloved ran a super race to be runner-up in a Group 2 at The Curragh, while Intisaab won a valuable handicap.

The latter is racing again today – one of four runners for David O’Meara in the Sky Bet Dash at York at 2.40pm on the second day of the Music Showcase Weekend.

It’ll be highly competitive as always, with 19 horses going to post, and I would rate Intisaab as the most likely of our quartet. He a reliable sort and is more than capable of coming out so soon after his last engagement and winning again.

Summerghand’s chances will be enhanced after the rain of Friday morning, while Watchable bids to win for the second time in just over a week, after I won on him at Pontefract.

Which horse will I be riding? Well, none of them in fact!

I’ll have to watch the six-furlong sprint from Ascot where I ride Nate The Great for trainer Archie Watson in a Listed contest at 4.15pm.

I partnered the youngster to victory at Carlisle on his debut before being runner-up in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot last month. On his return to the Berkshire track, I’m sure he’ll run a big race.

Firmament last won two years ago at York, but he is well handicapped now and, on his best form, could certainly win the International Stakes at 3pm.

Another York winner for me at Ascot today is James Bethell’s Ulshaw Bridge. He’s positively handicapped too and should go well at 2.25pm.

There’s no rest for the wicked as they say, so while I’m in the south east, I’ll complete my day with two rides at Lingfield Park.

At 6.30pm, David O’Meara’s Dalshand – a winner at Thirsk last time – should take all the beating.

I have five rides on the final day of the Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival at Pontefract tomorrow.

That’ll be the sixth Yorkshire track I will have visited during the week.

The pick of the quintet should be Pioneering in the 3pm handicap.

Hopefully none of my rivals will have multiple winners on York’s seven race card; they’d probably settle for winning the Group 2, Sky Bet York Stakes, with its £120,000 prize pot.

I’m off to Glorious Goodwood next week. On day two, my Royal Ascot winner Soldier’s Call – who holds an entry later next month in the Group 1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York’s Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival – goes for the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes on Wednesday.

He’ s a colt to look forward to and I think the Downs will suit him.

A day earlier, Suedois, who ran a super race for me when a very narrow third in a Group 2 at Ascot a fortnight ago, goes for the Group 2 Lennox Stakes.

He’s among the leading fancies, and deservedly so.

For now, have a picture of me at Lingfield in your mind, as you party to Boyzone at York.

The feature race at York today is the Group 2 Sky Bet York Stakes. Boyzone are in concert afterwards as part of the Music Showcase Weekend. Find out more at www.yorkracecourse.co.uk.