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SireTudor Melody
GrandsireTudor Minstrel
DamHeath Rose
DamsireHugh Lupus
Foaled21 February 1970[1]
BreederLionel Brook Holliday
OwnerLionel Brook Holliday
TrainerDenys Smith
Record18: 1-4-0
Major wins
Middle Park Stakes (1972)
Timeform rating 118 (1972), 107 (1973), 109 (1974)

Tudenham (21 February 1970 – after 1991) was an Irish-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. He showed his best form as a two-year-old in 1972 when he finished second in the Mill Reef Stakes before recording the only win of his career by taking the Group One Middle Park Stakes. He remained in training for two more seasons but failed to win again. He was retired to become a breeding stallion in Japan and had some success as a sire of winners.


Tudenham was a "strong, attractive"[2] bay horse bred by his owner Lionel Brook Holliday at his Cleaboy Stud, near Mullingar in County Westmeath. He was sent into training with Denys Smith at Bishop Auckland in County Durham. Smith was primarily known for his achievements in National Hunt racing, having trained Red Alligator to win the 1968 Grand National.[3] The horse may have been named after Tudenham Park, a ruined country house four miles away from the Cleaboy Stud.[4]

His sire Tudor Melody was the top-rated two-year-old in Britain in 1958 after winning five of his six races and later had some success when campaigned in the United States. He returned to Europe and had considerable success as a breeding stallion, siring Kashmir, Welsh Pageant (Queen Anne Stakes), Tudor Music (July Cup) and Magic Flute (Coronation Stakes).[5]

Tudenham's dam Heath Rose was a high-class racemare who finished third in the Prix Vermeille and fifth in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe as a three-year-old in 1967. She was a granddaughter of the British broodmare Netherton Maid who was a full-sister to Neasham Belle and the female-line ancestor of many good winners including Hethersett, Hittite Glory and Harzand .[6]

Racing career[edit]

1972: two-year-old season[edit]

Tudenham began his racing career in the Scarborough Maiden Stakes over five furlongs at York Racecourse in May and finished second to the Mick Easterby-trained Gypo, beaten a head by the winner. After a three-month absence the colt finished sixth on his reappearance before being stepped up in class for the inaugural running of the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury Racecourse in September. He took the lead from the start, maintained his advantage until well inside the final furlong but was then caught and beaten a head by Mon Fils. The pair finished ten lengths clear of the other two starters.[7]

On his final start of the year he was moved up to Group One class for the Middle Park Stakes over six furlongs at Newmarket Racecourse and started at odds of 4/1.[8] Of his six opponents, Quentilian, Wohurst and Mad Mahdi had won minor races whilst Golden Master, Boldboy and Loyal Manzer were maidens. Timeform described the race as "the worst Middle Park Stakes in our experience". Boldboy set the pace with Tudenham being restrained at the rear of the field before moving up to take the lead a furlong out. He stayed on well and won by one and a half lengths and a short head from Quentilian and Wohurst.[7]

1973: three-year-old season[edit]

Tudenham made no impact in his first two starts as a three-year-old finishing unplaced in both the European Free Handicap (behind Pitskelly) and the Irish 2000 Guineas (won by Sharp Edge). In the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot he produced a much better effort finishing a close fourth to Tudor Rhythm in a twenty-two runner field. He then ran sixth in a handicap race at Beverley Racecourse and then looked outclassed when finishing sixth to Thatch in the Sussex Stakes in August.[2]

1974: four-year-old season[edit]

As a four-year-old Tudenham competed mainly in handicaps over sprint distance. He failed to win in nine attempts but produced some good efforts in defeat under big weights. His best performance came over seven furlongs at Doncaster Racecourse in September when he was beaten a neck by the gelding Hovis in the Mark Lane Handicap.[9]


In the 1972 Free Handicap, a rating of the best two-year-olds to race in Britain, Tudenham was given a rating of 117 pounds, sixteen pounds behind the filly Jacinth and thirteen pounds behind the leading colt Noble Decree. The independent Timeform organisation gave him a rating of 118, fifteen pounds behind Jacinth.[7] He was given Timefform ratings of 107 in 1973[2] and 109 in 1974.[9]

Stud record[edit]

After his retirement from racing Tudenham returned to his birthplace to become a breeding stallion at the Cleaboy Stud at an initial stud fee of £198. After one season in Ireland he was sold and exported to stand in Japan. The best of his offspring being the Japanese Graded Stakes race]] winners Kyoei Bowgun (Kobe Shimbun Hai), Tudenham King (Nakayama Kinen, second in the Tenno Sho) and Nihon Pillow Brave (Epsom Cup, Keihan Hai). He had fertility problems in his later stud career and covered his last mares in 1991.[10]


Pedigree of Tudenham (IRE), brown stallion, 1970[1]
Tudor Melody (GB)
Tudor Minstrel (GB)
Owen Tudor Hyperion
Mary Tudor
Sansonnet Sansovino
Lady Juror
Matelda (GB)
Dante Nearco
Rosy Legend
Fairly Hot Solario
Fair Cop
Heath Rose (GB)
Hugh Lupus (FR)
Djebel Tourbillon
Sakountala Goya
Cherished (GB)
Chanteur Chateau Bouscaut
La Diva
Netherton Maid Nearco
Phase (Family 21-a)[6]
  • Tudenham was inbred 4 × 4 to Nearco, meaning that this stallion appears twice in the fourth generation of his pedigree.


  1. ^ a b "Tudenham pedigree". Equineline.
  2. ^ a b c Timeform staff (1974). Racehorses of 1973. Timeform.
  3. ^ Scargill, Peter. "Grand National-winning trainer Denys Smith dies". Racing Post. Archived from the original on 16 November 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Tudenham Park, County Westmeath". Buildings of Ireland: National Inventory of Architectural Heritage.
  5. ^ Mortimer, Roger; Onslow, Richard; Willett, Peter (1978). Biographical Encyclopedia of British Flat Racing. Macdonald and Jane’s. ISBN 0-354-08536-0.
  6. ^ a b "Wagtail - Family 21-a". Thoroughbred Bloodlines. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
  7. ^ a b c Timeform staff (1973). Racehorses of 1972. Timeform.
  8. ^ Abelson, Edward; Tyrrel, John (1993). The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books Publishing. ISBN 978-1-873626-15-3.
  9. ^ a b Timeform staff (1975). Racehorses of 1974. Timeform.
  10. ^ "Stallion Reports - Tudenham (IRE)". Japan Bloodhorse Breeders'Association.