Carbutt’s Ridge gets 2016 off to a flyer

Carbutt’s Ridge delivered our 1st winner in the calendar year when winning the 32Red Handicap over 1 mile at Southwell yesterday.

Ridden by Dougie Costello, the Karl Burke trained gelding was a well supported 11/4 favourite by the off having been as big as 6/1 in the opening shows.

Carbutts has his usual slow start, Dougie had to get busy early and got him into a nice position by the 1st bend. Coming into the home straight, Dougie he kept him up to his work and he started to pick them off, he took the lead and went away to score by just under 4 lengths in the end, a well-deserved 1st victory for both the horse and his owners.

He will be out again soon and with the style in which he finished the race, a step up in trip may be an option.