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Carr preparing Stewards' Cup team

Thu, 12 July 2012

Ruth Carr is preparing to run both Head Space and Klynch in the Blue Square Bet Stewards' Cup at Goodwood on August 4.

Victory in the Stewards' Cup would be fitting for Carr, whose late grandfather David Chapman recorded one of the biggest wins of his career in the 1982 race with Soba.

Head Space, a 20-1 chance with the sponsors, won well at Ayr last month but threw away a repeat victory at the same course on Monday when he shied badly nearing the winning line.

Carr said: "There's nothing wrong with Head Space after Monday and I think that it was just down to a bit of greenness. He jumped the line when he won at Ayr last month, which was understandable because he was well clear and his ears were pricked.

"He might have frightened himself as he spooked a bit going down to the start on Monday, but I can't understand how he would be able to pick out the winning line in a race when his head is down in a finish. I am hoping it is something he might grow out of and the short-term aim is for him to run in a nice five-furlong handicap at Ascot on July 22 and then head to Goodwood.

"He is quite versatile regarding ground, although he showed a really impressive turn of foot when he won on decent ground at Ayr, so he is probably going to be better on good ground. He's an improving horse and it makes you wonder how much he has left in the tank if he is looking around at the end of a five-furlong race."

Klynch is on a four-timer after successes at York, Hamilton and Epsom and Carr said: "Klynch is going to go for the Scottish Stewards' Cup at Hamilton. He needs to run while the weather is like this because he likes soft ground.

"He ran well in the consolation race for the Stewards' Cup last year and he seems to come good at this time of year. He's probably better this season compared to last year and he's certainly in good form."

The weights have just been revealed for the six-furlong heritage handicap, with last year's winner Hoof It heading the list on 10st 4lb.

The sponsors have five horses sharing favouritism on 12-1 - Waffle, Mac's Power, Hallelujah, Top Offer and Cape Classic.