Mondialiste takes feature for O'Meara
Rising star of the training ranks, David O'Meara, struck again when Mondialiste put up an admirable display when making all the running in yesterday's feature race at Pontefract.
The Fermoy, Co Cork native has already established himself as a shrewd operator in placing horses and the signs were ominous when his French import was strongly backed from 7/2 into 5/2 second favourite.
Quickly sent to the front by Danny Tudhope, this year's Lincoln Handicap runner-up was never headed and once Tudhope went for home, he bounded clear from his rivals for a ten-length victory over Short Squeeze which edged out the winner's stablemate Birdman for second.
It was a first win for the entire since being bought out of Freddy Head's stable for €190,000 last July and connections might now consider the Group Three Investec Pension Consultants Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown on August 13.
Tudhope, who has only recently returned from injury, said: "He's a nice horse. We like him quite a bit. He's been running in good races and we always thought he could win a Listed race.
"He's been freshened up, and that has done him some good. We've been waiting for this soft ground and there should be plenty of other good races for him."