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Harty is striking the target more than most

Trainer Sabrina Harty rose to prominence when she was winning Grade One races with a great little servant called Won In The Dark but the trainer based on the outskirts of the Curragh is proving this year that she can produce results with the best of them from a fairly limited string.

Any trainer that can keep a 20 per cent or higher strike rate is doing a fair good job and Harty sits proudly on 23 per cent with 10 winners from 43 runners on the flat in Ireland alone this season.

That figure sits nicely alongside Dermot Weld on 25 per cent, Aidan O'Brien and Ger Lyons on 22 per cent and Tony Martin and Gordon Elliott on 21 per cent.

Those figures are a credit to each of the trainers but it's a bit like Chelsea taking on Burnley in terms of ammunition and money spent on the horses being raced.

There is no doubt that Harty is working with the most modest of squads in comparison to the other names mentioned in this article but she is still getting the results as a cross-channel double emphasised last weekend.

A late decision to send Ansgar to Goodwood on Sunday proved an inspired one as the highly regarded four-year-old buried his last run in the Group Three Desmond Stakes at Leopardstown to run out a convincing winner of the Group Three Supreme Stakes under James Doyle.

That triumph means that Ansgar is now sneaking into the top 20 highest rated horses on the flat in Ireland and he is likely to be allowed take his chance in a Group Two over a mile on Champions Weekend and he fully deserves a go too.

I have often suggested in this column that good placing of horses makes a good trainer and Harty is currently excelling.


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