Ruth Carr only had three runners on Friday…and they all won!
TRAINER Ruth Carr was in dreamland on Friday as she landed three big prizes at Newcastle and Lingfield.
Carr and Jack Garrity struck twice up north before Sovereign Debt made it third time lucky at the All-Weather Mile Championships.
After Dandy Nicholls announced his retirement, Sovereign Debt was moved to her yard just over a month ago.
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The eight-year-old had previously finished second in the race twice, but he finally got the deserved win in the race as he held off the fast-finishing Nimr.
Winning jockey James Sullivan, riding the grey for the first time, said: “He’s a very good horse. He travelled round lovely. It got a little bit tight round the home bend, but in fairness to the horse he put his head down and went through it and galloped the whole way to the line.
“I’ve watched him through the years and we’re very lucky Mrs Carr got to train him.
“She and the team have done a very good job with him and it’s a great result for the yard.
“It’s great for me. It’s great to be riding a good horse like this.”
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Carr said: “It’s not very often I’m lost for words, but I kind of am at the moment! It’s fantastic for the owners and for the horse itself, he’s been the bridesmaid so many times, he’s really deserved it.
“It’s a fantastic day for the yard. Jimmy had him in a really good position early and he’s always stuck his neck out and tried.
“Andrew Mullen would have ridden him if he hadn’t been banned but one man’s good luck is another’s bad luck.
“I was hopeful we were going to peg back the leader, I was a bit worried about him, but we were in front where it mattered.
“I’m not sure how much of the credit I can take for the training, but we got him qualified, we got him here and got him right on the day.
“He’s eight years old but he’s not getting any worse. He’s genuine, he tries and it’s great for us.
“We’re delighted to have a horse of his calibre. A win like this should hopefully raise our profile and it’s a big boost for the staff in the yard.
“It’s a team effort and I think we will just enjoy today for now.”
Art Collection got the day off to a flyer up at Newcastle and made it two out of two since joining her Stillington-based team in the Betway Sprint Handicap.
Winning jockey Garrity said: “They went very fast early and the race developed in front of me.
“He was flat out but when they started coming back to me I was able to pick and choose my way through.
“He’s done it nicely.”
Less than an hour later, Garrity was back in the winners’ enclosure at Newcastle with Carr’s Chaplin Bay after rallying late to win the sunbets.co.uk Handicap.
“Things are going my way for a change today!” said Garritty.
“Fair play to Ruth, getting him ready to run a race like that first time out.”