DOR’S LAW hacked up by five lengths at Nottingham yesterday under Sophie Ralston to give the 26-year-old apprentice her third win for the stable this season.
After heavy rain, the original 16-runner field for the 10 furlong handicap was reduced to 11 with five non-runners due to unsuitable ground. While the stable runner did have some form on the soft at Yarmouth last year, when second over a mile, she had never raced on heavy going, so there was some doubt as to whether she’d go in it, which probably explains why she was weak in the market at 6/1.
In her last outing at Chelmsford, Dor’s Law came from off the pace with a wet sail and just failed to prevail, going down by a head. This was the first time Sophie Ralston had ridden her and she’s a horse who needs to be produced late. The stewards looked into the riding of the mare that day and questioned her lack of use of the whip, much to the chagrin of the trainer! As the Racing Post stated in its analysis, “as her record suggests, timing it just right is not the easiest thing to do.”
This time, again the mare was held up and after making headway over 7f out, she went to the front two from home and was pushed clear inside the final furlong to win comfortably from runner-up, Tilsworth Lukey. It was pretty evident the horse relished the heavy conditions!
This was the third individual winner of the year for owner, Mrs Doreen Carter following Nicky Baby’s victory in April and Nezar’s success last month. Interestingly, for all three wins, Sophie has been in the saddle, so congratulations to her as well. She has only just joined the stable but has a great 25% strike rate on the yard’s horses having won three in just twelve rides. Bookies beware the combination of Carter and Ralston!