Darren Hudson-Wood, who at just 28 is already one of the leading tipsters in the UK at present, is our tipster for the fourth day of Royal Ascot. He says:


“I have been involved with and around horses all my life. My father owned two ponies so I started riding at a young age – my first racing memory was meeting Red Rum when I was seven [pictured] and my love for the sport grew from that point.


“I went on to work at both Cheveley Park Stud and Tattersalls in Newmarket, Suffolk which enabled me to work hands-on with some of the best horses in the country.

“I now run Hudsonshorses which was formed in March 2009, and the website offers a subscription tipping service of which most popular is the daily membership – which is ideal if you are going to a race meeting and are in need of tips for that day.”

Darren’s tips for Royal Ascot – Day 4, Friday 18th June, are:

15.50 Lady Of The Desert, each way bet: This race is a Group 1 run over a distance of 1 mile and open to fillies aged 3. 

Lady Of The Desert is trained by Brian Meehan and ridden by the former champion jockey Kieren Fallon. The filly is very fast and was one of the leading two year olds last year, and even though she has never won over the trip of a mile before, the drying ground conditions will suit and I’m hopeful she will finish in the first 3 at the forecast odds of 8/1.

16.25 Traffic Guard, each way bet: This race is a handicap and run over a distance of 1 mile 2 furlongs and open to horses aged 4 and over.

Traffic Guard is trained by Paul Cole and ridden by Jamie Spencer who is one of the best jockeys in England at present. The selection is a very good horse and has been dropped in class from group to handicap company to run in this today. He will will love the Ascot track, ground conditions are perfect for him and I fancy him to finish in the first 4 at the forecast odds of 16/1.

17.00 Icon Dream, each way bet: This race is a Group 3 run over the marathon trip of 2 miles and open to colts, geldings and fillies aged 3.

Icon Dream is trained in Ireland by David Watchman and ridden by Jamie Spencer. This race is always difficult as many in the line-up will have never run over such a long distance, so you have to look at the breeding lines of each horse and look for stamina rather than speed. The selection has stamina in his pedigree on his dam’s (mother’s) side and his sire (father) was the brilliant champion Sadler’s Wells so I’m hopeful Icon Dream will stay the 2 mile trip, and if he does, he should be involved in the finish at forecast odds of 8/1.

To read more about Darren and his tipping service see http://hudsonshorses.co.uk/