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Red Cape and Moheebb strike for Carr in double-quick style; RIPON.

Byline: David Carr

DAVID CHAPMAN was never afraid to run horses again quickly and the same policy landed a 35-1 double for the former trainer's in-form granddaughter Ruth Carr, who now holds the licence at Mowbray House Farm in Stillington.

Middleham Park Racing's sprinter Red Cape had finished second at Thirsk just three days previously but the six-year-old looked plenty fresh enough as he made all under Andrew Elliott for a length-and-a-half victory in the featured Armstrong Memorial Handicap.

"He came home well, he is laid back and he takes races well, so I didn't see any reason to keep him at home," said Carr, who is now looking at loftier targets for the 7-2 favourite.

"He is in quite a nice race at Haydock on Saturday and Andrew mentioned the Great St Wilfrid back here. We have got Excusez Moi for that, but we could go double-handed."

In similar vein, the Michael Hill-owned Moheebb - successful in a 1m handicap on a soft surface at Thirsk 48 hours earlier - was impressive in defying a 6lb penalty in the Weatherbys-backed handicap over an extended 1m1f here, scoring a most decisive three-length success in the hands of PJ McDonald.

"The extra furlong and a half helped him on this ground," Carr said.

"There could well be a big handicap in him. I have had a soft spot for him since he was a three-year-old but Machiavellians take time - Quito was the same."

The preliminaries proved more troublesome than the race for Makbullet, who justified 2-1 favouritism in the 6f two-year-old maiden under Frederik Tylicki.

He lost a shoe going into the parade ring and had to be re-plated. Makbullet had no problem once the race was under way, ending a run of three places in five outings as he scored by an emphatic three and three-quarter lengths.

"That was overdue," said trainer Howard Johnson's representative, Ray Hawkey.

"He has been meeting one too good for him. That is the rider's first win for us - he has been very unlucky and he is a good, strong jockey."

Joseph Heler's Doctor Parkes returned to form after a seven-week break to take the 5f handicap under Shane Kelly.

"He won first out this year, then I probably ran him too quick," said trainer Eric Alston.

"He has just started to mature and he could be a good sprinter next year."

Fossgate is named after an historic area of York but Ripon is his lucky track and the eight-year-old won the 1m4f handicap on this card for the third time in four seasons.

Sporting first-time blinkers, he scored by a ready three and three-quarter lengths from Regal Lyric.

Star performance Ruth Carr, on the mark with a 35-1 double Follow the bride Alistair and Joanne Coates sponsored the selling handicap to mark their wedding in Harrogate earlier in the day - and Joanne had extra reason to celebrate after backing the 9-2 winner Theta Wave Find out which well-backed favourite failed to run its race and looked one to swerve? Page 68


Ruth Carr: in-form trainer believes her two winners are capable of going for big handicaps
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 4, 2009
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