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Carr doubles up for Stewards Cup

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."

Trade Commissioner will have to carry 9st 5lb if the hot ante-post favourite is to continue his winning spree in the Betfred Mile at Glorious Goodwood on August 3.

John Gosden's progressive gelding has marched up the handicap following his convincing victories at Salisbury and Sandown and is just 4/1 with the sponsors.

Carlton House remains the top weight on 10st 5lb after being entered in error by the Michael Stoute stable, while the likes of Cambridgeshire and Hunt Cup winner Prince Of Johanne (9st 6lb) and last year's winner Boom And Bust (8st 13lb) could still be involved.

Webbow (8st 11lb) has an excellent record at Goodwood, having finished fourth in the race in 2009 and third in 2010.

Also a winner of a classified stakes at last year's Glorious Goodwood, he is now with Malton trainer Julie Camacho.

She said: "Webbow is doing fine and he will hopefully head straight to the Betfred Mile, although he needs fast ground.

"He came to me in February and he looks in good form at the moment -- he's cantering and working away.

"He obviously loves racing around Goodwood and his form last season was probably as good as ever.

"You would hope that, if he returns in similar form, then he would be competitive.

"It would be a big ask for a 10-year-old to win a race like this but we have been keeping him happy and, as long as the enthusiasm is still there, then he will continue racing."

Catterick's meeting yesterday afternoon was abandoned half-way through the card when the ground became unfit for racing.

Clerk of the course Fiona Needham said: "We had half an inch of rain during the time we were racing and I've not really seen weather like that before.

"We do drain very well but not when it comes that quickly. There was deep standing water in the last furlong and the decision was inevitable.

"(Jockey) Sam Hitchcott did say he didn't have any armbands, and he wasn't going any further!"

Roger Varian would like to see a more relaxed Mijhaar in Saturday's 53rd John Smith's Cup at York.

Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum's lightly-raced four-year-old is the ante-post favourite for the valuable handicap, but invariably takes a hold in his races and was third in the Wolferton Stakes at Royal Ascot after pulling throughout.

"He was a little bit keen at Ascot and who knows, if he had settled better we might have won the race," said Varian. "He is quite a relaxed horse at home, so it must be the adrenaline at the races. It is something that we are conscious of and we have done our best to help switch him off."