Another Carson chalks up first success as amateur.
GRAHAM CARSON upheld family honour when enjoying his first success at the eighth attempt as Peace In Our Time ran out a convincing winner of the 1m3f amateur riders' handicap.
The younger brother of fellow jockey William, 18-year-old Carson hopes the victory will be the springboard to further success in the saddle, albeit over jumps. "I've had plenty of experience working for Stuart Williams and Clive Brittain and it's great to get off the mark," said a delighted Carson.
Currently assistant to his Newmarketbased dad Anthony, who also trained the winner, Carson added: "Dad has suggested for a while I give it a go over jumps and I think that's where my future lies. I'll probably try to get a few more rides under my belt first on the Flat."
William joined his brother and father for the post-race photo that will no doubt take pride of place in the family album.
Hell's early bender Not many trainers were as happy as Shaun Harris to have Southwell up and running again and he wasted little time getting back among the winners as Hellbender made his first start for the yard a winning one in the 7f handicap.
Hellbender arrived at Harris's yard only last week and to say the victory caught him by surprise was an understatement. He said: "I thought he was a bit stuffy, so have been trying to get plenty of work into him, but I expected him to need that."
Harris, who trains 20 miles from the track, added: "It's been a pain in the backside with our local course shut, but it's opened just in time for this horse, who looks a real Southwell type. He's for sale and should be a fun horse."
Stand delivers for Kirby Adam Kirby continued his fabulous winter with an armchair ride on hot favourite Stand Guard in the 1m4f claimer. While most were delighted to have Southwell open for business, the track is one of Kirby's least favourite, although he wasn't complaining with the victory.
He's now partnered 15 of the stable's 16 Flat winners and trainer John Butler predicts more success for Stand Guard, who took his own tally this winter to six.
Butler said: "He's a real star. We were going to go to France with him, but while he has to face only three or four rivals we'll chip away with him in similar races."
McCabe back in the swing Trainer Alan McCabe marked the reopening of his local course with a winner as tough filly Aubrietia made it three wins from her last four outings in the 6f handicap.
McCabe, who trains a stone's throw away at Averham Park, has incredibly kept his yard operational through a testing winter.