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Plumpton: Garruth pays small interim dividend.

Byline: Lee Mottershead

GARRUTH made some small inroads into his 175,000gns summer purchase price, and made a successful fencing debut, when winning on his first start for Paul Nicholls in the three-and-a-quarter-mile novice chase.

The victor of the Grade 1 Sefton Hurdle at Aintree in April, Garruth was bought out of Tim Easterby's yard at the Doncaster sales in May.

With both Timmy Murphy and Joe Tizzard suspended, Tony McCoy got the call to ride Garruth and the champion jockey rarely had a moment's worry despite having to give the notoriously lazy grey a few reminders en route to a four-length defeat of The Barge.

Jeremy Young, assistant to the stay-

at-home Nicholls, said: "He's jumped well, he's very clever. Tony's got him close into a couple but he's got himself out of it.

"He'll definitely come on for the run. He was straight enough for the run and he's not blowing a lot-Tony said he hasn't done a tap.

"We'll give him a run back like that and see how we get on but there's no real hurry. Ideally, he wants it very soft and a true test of stamina."
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Nov 26, 2001
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