Danny Tudhope has high hopes Consequences can crown the jockey’s great start to the season by providing him with a first Royal Ascot winner in the Norfolk Stakes on Thursday.
The David O’Meara-trained juvenile is as low as 12-1 in the ante-post betting for the Group Two over five furlongs after he backed up a pleasing debut second at York with an easy victory at Catterick earlier in the month.
Tudhope told Press Association Sport: “Consequences didn’t like the soft ground at York when he was second on his debut but he travelled like a really good horse.
“In everything he’d done at home we knew he was pretty good and he’s probably the best two-year-old I’ve sat on.
“All his work has been really good but he just couldn’t quicken on the ground at York.
“He’s without doubt our best two-year-old, but that will be the same for most of us in the race.
“It looks really competitive with Santry, who beat us at York, Havana Grey and the American horse (McErin), but he’d be my best chance of a winner.
“If I was to pick out one horse we’ve got at the moment that could go on to bigger and better things it would be Consequences.”
The jockey is also hoping the return to a big field over a straight mile will see a return to form from Lincoln winner Bravery in the Royal Hunt Cup on Wednesday.
“We tried him out in Group company at Newmarket and he’s probably not quite up to that class,” said Tudhope, who is stable jockey to North Yorkshire-based O’Meara.
“I think handicaps are going to suit him best, and big field ones at that.
“A straight mile, good ground and a big field are ideal for him and I think he’s going to run a big race.
“It wouldn’t be a surprise to us if he goes close.”
Until a barren spell last week, Tudhope had been keeping pace with Silvestre de Sousa at the top of the standings for the Stobart Flat Jockeys’ Championship.
But a Brazilian blitz now sees Tudhope with a bit of ground to make up.
“I’ve had a really good start to the season but last week was shocking!” said Tudhope.
“I’m hoping it keeps going through the summer but it’s going to be very hard to peg back Silvestre, he’s really got the bit between his teeth and he can’t stop riding winners.
“I’ve actually got Silvestre to thank for the position I’m in.
“When David first got really going it was Silvestre who he was using more than anyone but Silvestre and his wife, Victoria, told me to ask him if I could start riding out there.
“It’s all gone on from there, really, so it’s been a really good move.
“David moved yards not too long ago and I still don’t think he’s got things completely as he’d like them as he’s always looking to improve and expand, but he’s been happy enough with the horses.”