Carr hoping to see Sovereign Debt cash in as veteran chases repeat success
Investec Diomed Stakes | 1m113yds | Group 3 | 3yo+ | ITV/RUK
There have been three dual winners of the Investec Diomed Stakes and there could be two horses trying to add their name to that list in what is generally one of the season's more winnable Group 3 prizes.
While 2015 champ Arod could end up being scratched due to the ground, underfoot conditions have come in favour of last year's popular victor Sovereign Debt, whose excellent 2017 exploits have yet to be matched in 2018.
At Windsor last time the veteran finished last in the Listed race won by Arod, but trainer Ruth Carr sounds far from defeatist as the nine-year-old tries to score for the first time since defeating the reopposing fellow nine-year-old Gabrial by a neck 12 months ago.
"I'm hoping we can see some of the sparkle of last year," said Carr. "He obviously isn't coming into the race in the same sort of form, and he's also a year older, but he also seems perfectly all right at home.
"I actually wasn't disappointed with his first run of the season as he needed it and then, with hindsight, the ground was too quick for him at Windsor as it was a night race and it had been drying all day.
"If you forgive him that run for that reason he should hopefully have a decent chance."
Arod may well not get an opportunity to reacquaint himself with Tattenham Hill, but if he does start he would be a major player having been brought back to winning form by David Simcock, who produced Qatar Racing's former resident of Australia to win for the first time in three years at Windsor.
"He's a lovely horse and great fun to have in the yard," said Simcock, who also saddles the excellent eight-year-old Breton Rock.
"Arod is still very capable when conditions are suitable - but they might not be suitable this time. We'll make a decision on his participation in the morning but it might be that the ground is too soft for him."
What they say
David Simcock, trainer of Breton Rock
He's very adaptable but this is as far as he's ever gone and it might be that the extra half furlong seems like a long way to him. He's another year older but seems in good form at home.
Simon Crisford, trainer of Century Dream
The trip and the ground are going to be ideal and he's fresh and well. It looks a tight race but I felt this was the right spot for him.
Richard Fahey, trainer of Gabrial
He was only just beaten in this race last year and we know he handles the track. He's been running well this year and is in as good form as ever at home.
Charlie Johnston, assistant to Mark Johnston, trainer of Love Dreams
His only blip was when he went too hard at Goodwood. His win back at Goodwood last time was a solid performance, and although he's now moving out of handicap company we decided it was definitely worth trying him here.
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