Reputation upheld in Ripon feature

No celebration for Pipers Note but delight for stablemate

  • Saturday 27 April
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Reputation provided rich compensation for Ruth Carr as he won Ripon’s race named in honour of his course-specialist stablemate Pipers Note.

The Celebrating Pipers Note Handicap fell not to its eponymous contender – previously successful eight times at the track – but to one of his newest colleagues.

Reputation, who prevailed by three lengths at 16-1 from 6-1 favourite Diamond Dougal, was making his stable debut after joining Carr from near neighbour John Quinn.

The 15-strong field split into two groups for the six-furlong contest, with the nearside always holding the edge.

Reputation overcame a slow start under Barry McHugh to win with authority, while Pipers Note found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time on the far side and could only manage 10th place on his 21st visit to the track.

Yorkshire trainer Carr is confident the durable nine-year-old will bounce back, however.

“He’s come home fine and will be winning again,” she said.

“He was on the wrong side today – it happens.”

Of her six-year-old winner, she added: “I’ve only seen (the race) once, but it looks like he’s done it well.

“It was an exciting start for us.”

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