Cookie set for York raid

Last Updated: 26/06/14 3:56pm

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Clever Cookie (left) dead-heated on his last visit to York

Clever Cookie (left) dead-heated on his last visit to York

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Clever Cookie is reported to be firmly on track for next month's 55th John Smith's Cup at York.

The six-year-old was a Grade Two hurdles winner at Kelso back in March and has made a seamless switch to the Flat, winning a Doncaster maiden before landing a competitive handicap on the Knavesmire in May.

Clever Cookie subsequently dead-heated with Ralston Road in a Listed event at the end of last month, although trainer Peter Niven expressed concerns about the one-mile-six-furlong trip after that shared success when talking in terms of the Ebor.

He said: "He's fine and on course for the John Smith's Cup next month, all being well.

"It's been quite hard mixing a winter campaign into a summer campaign and I don't know that it was the case that he didn't stay last time.

"You don't win a Listed race and not stay, but perhaps he just wasn't quite at his best.

"I gave him a couple of easy weeks and he's back on track now."

Clever Cookie features among the initial 37 entries for the Juddmonte International at York in August.

While a crack at the 10-furlong feature appears optimistic, connections believe it is worth giving themselves the option.

Niven added: "Unfortunately you have to enter very early for those kind of races and if you're not in it, you can't win it.

"If he was going to a black type horse I'd probably prefer to work our way up, but we will see what happens as it's a while away yet."

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