Carr has faith in Sovereign Debt

14 May 2018 05:17:32 EST

Ruth Carr feels Sovereign Debt has an excellent chance to make use of a drop in class on Monday evening by winning the Royal Windsor Stakes (18:50).

The Listed race over an extended mile will pit Sovereign Debt against six rivals and Carr is confident that he has improved for his reappearance in a Group Two contest at Sandown 17 days ago.

The likeable nine-year-old was twice a Group-race winner last season, scooping the bet365Mile at Sandown and a Derby Day victory in the Investec Diomed Stakes at Epsom.

He ran out of puff fairly quickly at Sandown last time out in the defence of that Group Two prize he had won a year earlier, but his trainer is confident he'll leave that run behind now.

"He's come out of the Sandown race really well and has improved fitness wise. This is a drop in class and it looks a good opportunity," said the trainer.

"We were pleased with the Sandown run and he's been in good form since.

"He's pretty laid-back at home and so hard to gauge, but he's eating well and showing all the signs that he retains his enthusiasm. The change in the going to good to soft won't worry him, and so we're looking forward to it."

Sovereign Debt is a 4/1 chance to score at Windsor and, while the ground isn't deemed a worry for him, it could be problematic for 9/2 chance Arod.

David Simcock's charge returned from a long absence with a solid runner-up effort on the all-weather at Kempton recently but the 2015 Summer Mile winner has always shown a liking for fast ground.

Richard Hannon has won three of the last eight runnings of the Royal Windsor Stakes and he saddles two on Monday evening, with Oh This Is Us in the hands of Tom Marquand seemingly leading the charge at 2/1.

He was a Listed winner at Haydock last summer and showed himself to be in good fettle when taking a valuable handicap at Meydan in February on his last outing.

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