Eddery enjoys a landmark win

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.

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."

Winning owner Kate Young added: "She's quite game and it was great to see her win here.

"Peter has just told me she is entered again at Musselburgh on Monday but we'll see how she is before committing to that."

Having been stung by the Newcastle stewards earlier in the afternoon, Makin at least ended the afternoon on a brighter note when scoring aboard 11-1 chance Champagne Cracker.

The Michael Dods-trained mare was always going a notch too fast for her rivals and scored by a cosy two lengths in the concluding Q Platinum & Q Silver A.A.K. Fish & Chips Fillies' Handicap. Braddock maintained his unbeaten record when making a highly-pleasing return to the track in the Heinz Squeezeme Fish & Chips Handicap.

David Barron's charge was always prominent in his far-side group and kept up the gallop approaching the line to hold off 14-1 chance King Harson by two lengths.

The winner reportedly smashed a carpel bone last year but connections screwed it and the procedure does not appear to have affected Braddock's progression.

Burnwynd Boy stunned the Newcastle faithful when defying a price tag of 50-1 in the opening Henry Colbeck Fish & Chips Novice Stakes.

Trained by Ian Semple, the son of Tobougg was settled in mid-division until making good progress approaching the final quarter-mile. Mark Johnston's Abolition was sent off the 5-2 favourite but had to settle for second as Semple's charge nailed him around 50 yards before the post.

Winning owner Robert Reid said: "He was 50-1 but he didn't know that and I backed him. It's nice to beat a Mark Johnston horse and I think that one might be quite decent."

Blue Sky Thinking showed guts and determination to run out a half-length winner of the Wright's Pies Claiming Stakes for Karl Burke. Having tired in the final furlong, the 13-8 favourite rallied to repel Penel. Winning rider Pat Cosgrave said: "That was a good performance."


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