The Grey Gatsby (left): will be ridden by Danny Tudhope on Wednesday
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
By David Milnes 8:38PM 15 AUG 2016
KEVIN RYAN on Monday said his stable star The Grey Gatsby needed a fresh pair of hands as he revealed he was behind the decision to replace Jamie Spencer with Danny Tudhope for the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York on Wednesday.
Spencer has partnered the five-year-old on his last six outings, including when third in the Knavesmire contest a year ago, and most recently when chasing home Big Orange in the Group 2 Princess Of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket last month.
Tudhope, who has ridden only one winner for Ryan in the past five years, is fresh from capturing the Grade 1 Arlington Million on Mondialiste for David O’Meara, who also trains for The Grey Gatsby’s owner Frank Gillespie.
Ryan said: “I made the decision to replace Jamie Spencer on The Grey Gatsby as the horse needs a fresh pair of hands. Danny is riding plenty of winners at the moment and hopefully they can gel well together.
“I’ve no issue with Jamie and he was the first to know about the change. He’s riding for me at York on Wednesday and I’ll continue to use him as I always have since he came over from Ireland all those years ago.”
Spencer still has a ride in the race as he switches to the Sir Michael Stoute-trained outsider Arab Spring.
Read the full story plus all the latest news ahead of this week’s Ebor festival in Tuesday’s Racing Post