Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Eddery Enjoys a Landmark Win

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Eddery Enjoys a Landmark Win

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Byline: By Thomas Deane

Former champion jockey Pat Eddery was on hand at Newcastle to cheer home the choicely-bred Secret Tune in the Cape Haddie Fish & Chips Median Auction Maiden Stakes yesterday.

The son of Derby hero Generous was sent off the well-fancied 11-10 favourite and was always travelling beautifully for Richard Hughes.

Despite the Mark Tompkins-trained Four Miracles finishing with intent, Hughes was exuding confidence and only had to nudge his partner out to score by a length and a half.

Secret Tune's success gave Eddery his first as a trainer for owner Prince Khalid Abdullah, for whom he rode the likes of the legendary Dancing Brave, Quest For Fame and Warning.

"We thought we'd bring him up here as it seemed to be the right sort of race and he won it well ( he's a pretty nice horse," Eddery said.

"He'll stay a mile and a half in time and it was great to see him have enough speed to win so well today.

"I'm not sure where he'll go next as I'll have to have a word with (racing manager) Teddy Beckett, but there will be plenty of options for a nice horse like him."

Rocknest Island had earlier provided another popular former jockey with his first winner at Gosforth Park when scoring a game success in the Goldensheaf/ Henry Jones/Dina Class Fish & Chips Handicap.

Peter Niven's 13-2 chance had a lot to do turning for home but she picked up well for Andrew Mullen and saw out the extended two-mile trip to score by half a length.

Toparudi grabbed second, while Madiba was promoted to third after Phillip Makin failed to weigh in on original bronze medallist Onyergo.

Makin was subsequently hit with a seven-day ban and will be out of action from May 26-June 1.

Niven said: "She won well enough at Wolverhampton before and all she does is stay.

"I thought she was very unlucky at Catterick last time where she had her run blocked off. I rode plenty of winners here but this is the first one I've trained. …

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