Royal Ascot 2022: Long-shot claims big victory in first-ever race

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Holloway Boy, ridden by Daniel Tudhope, wins the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot 2022 (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Holloway Boy, ridden by Daniel Tudhope, wins the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot 2022 (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

By James Toney

This was a storied win for the little man, one that left the Sheikhs feeling stirred at Royal Ascot.

Arsenal fan Nick White only entered his horse for a day out - now he's been tipped for a Classic campaign after a stunning long odds victory.

Jockey Daniel Tudhope reeled in Pearling Path in the closing yards to win by a length as 40-1, 80-1 and 33-1 shots completed the places - a winning trifecta delivered at mind-blowing odds of 28,000-1.

“We said we would give it a chance and run here for his first race,” said Smith,

“I've been coming here 45 years. To have a horse here and have a winner, I'm in shock.

“I don't even have a top hat and tails as we only knew we were going to run on Thursday, so it was too late to get everything.”

Trainer Karl Burke was just as surprised - but he isn't getting carried away after handing down a beating to Aidan O'Brien's Alfred Munnings, who was the ante-post favourite for next year's Derby before the off.

However, the Chesham Stakes is a consistent pointer for horses that go on to deliver success in Europe’s biggest races.

“Time will tell how strong the form is but to do that first time out is a bit special," he said.

"Nick rang me and said he had been let down for a box here on Saturday, so I said, 'we will enter the horse and use the tickets for that!’. We worked well at home so we thought we'd let him take his chances and give the owners a nice day out, I think we have achieved that!

"He is the first horse and first runner that Nick has ever had in his own colours. It is a great story and a great ride by Danny. We were always going to ride him that way and Danny rides this track brilliantly.

“He is a very nice horse, and time will tell how far we can take him, but he is hardly blowing there."

Tudhope certainly won't want to forget these last five days in a hurry after banking his fourth win of the week – scored at generous odds too, 20/1, 16/1, 5/2 and this 40/1 shot.

“It is a bit of a surprise, to be honest," he admitted.

"Holloway Boy is a fine big specimen of a horse. Karl just said to go out there and enjoy it. I gave him a nice day out and a nice education.

“We liked Holloway Boy but we didn't think he would go out and do that. I would say he is very good. It was only his first run, but he gave me a great feel. He is a fine big horse and I'm pretty sure he will improve on that.

"It's unbelievable, to be honest. I'm speechless."

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