Cardaw Lily - Race Horse

- Trained by Ruth Carr - Horse Racing Trainer

This 4yo filly is by the Group I winning sire Lawman out of the mare Chervil! He is a winner over a 1m to 1m 2f at 2 and 3 years including the Prix Jean Prat, Prix Du Jockey Club and Prix De Guiche.  Also the sire of several black type winners including Harbour Law, Marcel, Just The Judge & Law Enforcement. Chervil is the daughter of Dansili the Group 1 mile specialist and  an emerging sire of sires and Nashmeel the group winning mare and dam of three black type winners including Light Jig. Chervil herself was a winner at two. Cardaw Lily made her debut at Ascot in May last year running a very encouraging race to finish 4th. She was written up in the Racing Post as a 2yo to follow. A few weeks later she cut herself very badly in her box and was out resting for 8 weeks. Ruth Carr has now taken over her education, she is based just 30 minutes outside York and is a hugely innovative and successful trainer with some varied and fun methods for entertaining and training her horses. She has benefited hugely from the change in regime and surroundings. Cardaw Lily is leased to the British Racing Club. See below for her race reviews:



Cardaw Lily's Race Reviews

Stuart Redding's review of Cardaw Lily's run at Ayr 22.07.19


This was a much more encouraging display from Cardaw Lily. Making the running on the ran-softened ground seemed to suit as she looked a potential winner approaching the final furlong and was only just run out of the places on the line. The energy she lost getting a prominent position from her wide draw ultimately cost her but she can hopefully gain compensation in a similar contest next time.

Stuart Redding's review of Cardaw Lily's run at Carlisle 11.07.19

Our filly could never get competitive this time after a slow start but it does seem fairly apparent that she needs a bit more give underfoot. She didn’t actually lose much ground in the final furlong and her lowly mark means we will be able to find easier opportunities than this. I f it doesn’t rain soon, maybe we could look for something on the All Weather.

Stuart Redding's review of Cardaw Lily's run at Leicester 06.07.19

This was always likely to be a bit too tough for Cardaw Lily but she showed plenty of early pace and was only seen off after some interference in the closing stages. Back on a more forgiving surface and at a slightly lower level, hopefully we can find a winnable opportunity for our filly soon. 

Stuart Redding's review of Cardaw Lily's run at Nottingham 13.06.19

The three non-runners made this a slightly easier task but it was still a highly encouraging display from our filly. She travelled comfortably on the testing ground and looked a danger with a furlong to go but ultimately her lack of recent run seemed to tell in the closing stages. We probably shouldn’t draw too many conclusions considering the surface was so extreme but it was definitely a solid performance and gives us plenty to work on next time.

Stuart Redding's review of Cardaw Lily's run at Wolverhampton 01.02.19

Well that was a slightly frustrating outing. Our filly found herself at the back of the pack after a tardy getaway and Jimmy Sullivan didn’t get much luck when trying to challenge, as he had his run briefly checked and was then forced very wide to finally get a gap. Having said that her effort flattened out in the closing stages, so she probably didn’t quite stay the trip anyway, and dropping back to 7f next time may be a sensible move.

Stuart Redding's review of Cardaw Lily's run at Newcastle 12.01.19

I’m not quite as certain as Rupert that we can claim this experiment was a success! James Sullivan gave her every chance of staying the trip, and she did make some mid-race progress when switched to the far side, but ultimately to my eye she flattened out in the closing stages and didn’t quite get home. If we’re going to try 1m again it might be worth going round a bend but perhaps 7f will prove to be a more suitable test. 

Stuart Redding's review of Cardaw Lily's run at Southwell 11.12.18

To be honest, there aren’t any real excuses for this one. Drawn next to the eventual winner, she broke well but came under pressure a long way out and only plugged on at the one pace. It might be worth trying a 6f race here next time, and with those races round the bend hopefully we’ll get some long overdue luck with the draw!

Stuart Redding's review of Cardaw Lily's run at Newcastle 05.12.18

This had looked quite a competitive race in advance and on the day it all proved a bit too much for our filly. She didn’t get any cover and raced closest to the far side rail but she still had a decent position until proving one-paced approaching the final furlong. Maybe the fast 5f wasn’t ideal but providing she comes out of this ok, the good thing about sprinters is we won’t have to wait long until we can try again!

Stuart Redding's review of Cardaw Lily's run at Wolverhampton 21.11.18

Watching on the TV I saw this differently from the jockey. To my eye, she used too much energy in the early stages and didn’t have much left for the finish in a race where the front two came from further back and were drawn much closer to the rail. This clearly wasn’t her best effort but wasn’t too bad in the circumstances and perhaps one day we’ll get a decent draw!

Stuart Redding's review of Cardaw Lily's run at Newcastle 07.11.18

This was a solid but ultimately unsuccessful effort from Cardaw Lily. She got a good position on the rail behind long-time-leader Shesthedream but could only find one pace when asked for an effort and had to settle for third. Having said beforehand that the draw wouldn’t be a problem, the result suggests otherwise, as those drawn 1, 2 and 3 filled three of the first four positions, and the way she plugged on suggests we should go back to 6f for her next race.  

Stuart Redding's review of Cardaw Lily's run at Catterick 30.10.18

This was a cracking effort from our filly. Having got a bump leaving the stalls, she was forced to race wide at the back of the pack but she stayed on strongly in the home straight to lose out by just a length. This was just her second race of the autumn campaign and she should be able to get her head in front if matching this next time, with another attempt at racing on the All Weather well worth a try for a filly from a family which has enjoyed success on sand.

Stuart Redding's review of Cardaw Lily's run at Catterick 09.10.18

After being forced to miss most of the summer, this was an encouraging return from our sprinter. She didn't get any cover down the wide outside and unsurprisingly looked a bit ring rusty, but she wasn't beaten far and came out best of those drawn high. Her freshness could be a big plus in upcoming contests against horses who have had tougher campaigns so hopefully she can find similar races soon.

Stuart Redding's review of Cardaw Lily's run at Beverley 17.07.18

Well that was certainly an exciting finish! Cardaw Lily was never far from the firing line and despite James Sullivan getting to work a long way out, she responded well and was only a length off the winner by the line. This was clearly a step back in the right direction and suggests she can find a similar race very soon.

Stuart Redding's review of Cardaw Lily's run at Musselburgh 04.07.18

Cardaw Lily was not on a going day today unfortunately. She didn’t show her usual early pace and never really looked like getting involved. Perhaps the track was sharper than ideal, perhaps she is slightly under the weather (her yard hasn’t been in great form recently) so we’ll see if anything comes up in the next few days and once the dust has settled, try again!

Stuart Redding's review of Cardaw Lily's run at Leicester 16.06.18

I think Jimmy Sullivan got it spot on with his assessment. This was certainly another step in the right direction for Lily, as she showed plenty of early pace and was staying on again at the finish. This ground clearly suited fine and we should be able to find a race for her at a more suitable course in the next few weeks.

Stuart Redding's review of Cardaw Lily's run at Ripon 20.05.18

This was a step in the right direction from Cardaw Lily. The track probably wasn't ideal but she showed a lot more zest, racing up with the pace until tiring in the closing stages and coming out fourth of the nine who raced on the stands' side. She will appreciate dropping in trip at a flatter course.  

Stuart Redding's review of Cardaw Lily's season and yard debut at Pontefract 02.05.18

Cardaw Lily only beat one home but I think we can forgive this slightly underwhelming effort. She was trapped wider than ideal and didn’t seem to enjoy the soft ground, with James Sullivan not pushing her unnecessarily when her chance had gone. It’s still early days in this yard and I’m sure Ruth Carr will have learnt plenty about her recent recruit from this run. A return to a straight 5f on quicker ground should see her in a better light next time.

Stuart Redding's review of Cardaw Lily's run at Chelmsford 07.12.17

It looks like we need to go back to the drawing board with Cardaw Lily. The winner was far too good from the start but having shown some early pace, our filly found little under pressure and eventually trailed in last. Hopefully Richard Hughes can get to the bottom of her problems soon because the talent is in there somewhere.

Stuart Redding's review of Cardaw Lily's run at Newmarket 25.10.17

Unfortunately the move into nursery company didn’t spark the hoped-for revival from Cardaw Lily. She travelled well enough in the early stages but came under pressure some way out and didn’t really pick up, eventually finishing at the back of the main pack. Dropping back to 6f in a less competitive contest may help but she clearly isn’t enjoying the racing experience at present.

Stuart Redding's review of Cardaw Lily's run at Kempton 09.10.17

Cardaw Lily couldn't make a serious impression but this was a step back in the right direction after last month's big defeat. She was always in roughly the same place at the back of the main pack but couldn't match the finishing effort of the principals and came home in seventh. On this evidence she wouldn't mind stepping up to 7f and a move into nursery company may worth considering.

Stuart Redding's review of Cardaw Lily's run at Sandown 15.09.17

Once again the weather gods transpired against us with Cardaw Lily struggling on this testing ground. She showed some early pace but she quickly faded and was allowed to come home in her own time. We know she is better than this and hopefully more suitable conditions will enable her to show that next time out.

Stuart Redding's review of Cardaw Lily's run at Windsor 22.05.17

Bit disappointing but plenty of excuses - just not her day.... Unfortunately Cardaw Lily didn't find the expected improvement after a promising debut but there were extenuating circumstances. Despite getting stuck wide from stall eight she still looked a contender two furlongs out but she failed to pick up on the tacky ground and Jamie Spencer let her cruise home when her chance had gone. Perhaps this race came a bit too soon after her debut and she deserves another chance after a short break

Stuart Redding's review of Cardaw Lily's racecourse debut at Ascot 12.05.17

This was a highly encouraging start from our latest recruit Cardaw Lily. Not the best away, Jamie Spencer let her find her feet but she started to make progress as they approached the business end and stayed on for fourth, finishing only three lengths off the battle for victory. She will have learnt plenty from this and looks capable of winning a similar race before too long.



Find out more


Find out more

the lingo

Find out more

Our Betting

Find out more

A quick course in

Find out more


Find out more