Carr hopeful with good opportunity for Sovereign Debt
Weatherbys Racing Bank Supporting Mental Health Foundation Stakes (Listed) | 1m, 3yo + | ATR
Ruth Carr has found an ideal opportunity for popular veteran Sovereign Debt, who was a winner at Group 2 and Group 3 level last season and now drops to Listed company for the first time in more than a year.
The grey enjoyed a new lease in the previous campaign, when he followed his win on all-weather finals day with a Group 2 success in the bet365Mile at Sandown and a Derby Day Group 3 victory in the Investec Diomed Stakes.
He found life tougher afterwards, though far from disgraced at Newmarket on his final start, and when he reappeared at Sandown as a nine-year-old he beat only two home in the race he had won 12 months earlier.
However, Carr believes he has come on significantly for the run.
She said: "He's come out of the Sandown race really well and has improved fitness wise. This is a drop in class and it looks a good opportunity.
"We were pleased with the Sandown run and he's been in good form since. He's pretty laid-back at home and so hard to gauge, but he's eating well and showing all the signs that he retains his enthusiasm. The change in the going to good to soft won't worry him, and so we're looking forward to it."
Khafoo Shememi has to concede a 3lb penalty, as does Mr Owen, but Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Saeed Suhail, fancies his chances.
Raymond said: "We like him a lot and hopefully he'll have a good chance. The track will suit him and give in the ground is in his favour."
While the ground should be fine for Sovereign Debt and Khafoo Shememi, it is less likely to suit 2015 Sussex Stakes runner-up Arod, who made a promising return to action when just touched off by Jallota on Polytrack at Kempton but has always shown a preference for fast ground.
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