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Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Carr rules out Queen Anne bid with stable star Sovereign Debt

Gallant grey: Sovereign Debt, ridden by James Sullivan, repels all challengers to notch a Group 3 victory in the Diomed Stakes for Ruth Carr
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Although Alpha Centauri and Magical Memory are likely to be on show at Royal Ascot, one grey who will not be heading to Berkshire this month is Sovereign Debt, with trainer Ruth Carr ruling out a tilt at the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes.

The Lady O’Reilly-owned eight year old continued his remarkable run of form since joining Carr from David Nicholls with victory in the Group 3 Investec Diomed Stakes at Epsom on Derby day, taking the horse’s career earnings to over £750,000.

Carr, who described the £50,000 required to supplement the three-time Group-race winner in the Queen Anne or Sussex Stakes as “a lot of money and I’m a Yorkshirewoman” on Saturday, will instead aim Sovereign Debt at Group 2 and Group 3 events.

The Group 2 Doom Bar Celebration Mile at Goodwood and Group 3 Betfred Mobile Strensall Stakes at York – both on August 26 – are among the targets for later in the season.

Carr said: “We’ve decided we’re not going to go to Royal Ascot. We’re going to give that a miss and keep chipping away at the Group 2s and Group 3s – he’s capable at that level and we want to keep his confidence high.

“He might just be a better horse round a bend than on a straight track at Ascot and there are plenty of other races to look at.”

For all it has been a fine training performance from Carr, the contribution of James Sullivan, who has won all three starts aboard Sovereign Debt this campaign, cannot be underestimated.

Carr said on At The Races: “Jimmy is getting a really good tune out of him. He didn’t seem to get too much credit for his ride at Epsom but I thought it was a fantastic ride for someone who hasn’t ridden around there that much. He went out there with a definite plan and it worked out perfectly.

“It was a brilliant day and why we work day in day out – it was what we dream of. I keep preparing myself as one day we’re going to go racing with him and be disappointed but at the moment we’re enjoying what we’ve got. He seems to be in the form of his life. He’s got a real will to win – he lowers his head and means business.”

He might just be a better horse round a bend than on a straight track at Ascot and there are plenty of other races to look at
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