Great Ripon success for Out Do
Last Updated: 16/08/14 4:56pm
Out Do and Daniel Tudhope (no 16) win the William Hill Great St Wilfrid Stakes
Out Do gave trainer David O'Meara and jockey Danny Tudhope a third success in four years in the William Hill Great St Wilfrid Handicap at Ripon.
Out Do (7/1 favourite) followed Pepper Lane, winner in 2011 and 2012, on to the roll of honour for the prestigious six-furlong contest at the North Yorkshire track.
The field inevitably split into two groups from the start but there appeared to be little to choose between them, with Clear Spring and Majestic Missile prominent on the far side and Spinatrix and Pipers Note among those up with the pace on the stands' side.
As the field started to merge in the closing stages it was Out Do who came through the pack to lead in the last 100 yards and gain the verdict by half a length in a first-time visor.
The five-year-old condemned valiant mare Spinatrix to second place for the second year running, with Confessional and Tatlisu dead-heating for third, just a neck further away.
Tudhope said: "I got a bit lucky as we got stuck in a pocket. He travelled much better with the visor on. The visor has definitely made a difference.
"The plan was to be handy but we missed the break a bit.
"It got very tight, but we got lucky."
O'Meara added: "Danny mentioned he might need headgear and he was right.
"At one point I thought he had a bit too much to do, but the gap opened up in time and he quickened up nice.
"I hoped he'd win a big one at one stage, but I thought he'd want the ground a bit quicker.
"With that in mind, it would be a concern aiming him for the Ayr Gold Cup, but there's a nice race at York later on and we might go back there."
Spinatrix's trainer Michael Dods, rueing his mare's bad luck once again, said: "I thought we were drawn on the wrong side and so it proved.
"I think she just might have won with a low draw. She's run a great race again and it's been frustrating this year with all the fast ground.
"She's in the Listed race at Pontefract tomorrow. I'll have to see how she is as she's had a tough race there and the ground is only good.
"She'll go for the Ayr Gold Cup and I'll look for a race before then."