Tip of the Day: Play it Cool
Matt Brocklebank reckons Nicky Henderson could enjoy a rare across-the-card double on the Flat this afternoon.
Nicky Henderson: Does well with his small number of Flat runners
Nicky Henderson looks to have a reasonable chance of recording a rare double across two venues on the level this afternoon and Cool Macavity is the one which really catches the eye at Newbury (3.20).
The Berry Bros. & Rudd Cellar Plan Handicap is run over the extended one mile, five furlongs at the Berkshire venue just 17 miles from Henderson's Seven Barrows base in Lambourn, and the horse in question proved he was perfectly suited by this kind of stamina test on the Flat when third over a mile and six at Ascot last month.
That outing came on the back of a relatively quiet four-race hurdling campaign which included a handicap victory from a mark of 127 at Plumpton in September. The win was recorded on good ground and it's perfectly clear from even the quickest of glances at his profile that the son of One Cool Cat has deliberately been kept away from any bad winter ground throughout his career – initially with Barry and Charlie Hills, now Henderson.
He was useful for his previous connections without being prolific but his most recent effort suggests he's as capable as ever right now and the form of that Ascot heat is unsurprisingly working out quite well. The winner Oceane has since posted an eyecatching third in a stronger race at Glorious Goodwood and the fourth home Masterpaver was narrowly denied subsequently over 12 furlongs back at Ascot.
Cool Macavity gets to race off just a 1lb higher mark, has conditions very much in his favour (good to firm with a sunny day forecast) and can be backed at a perfectly reasonable price of 9/2.
The suggestion is a win single and small each-way double with stable companion Cardinal Walter in the Racing UK In HD Colwick Cup (4.20) at Nottingham.
The Ebor entry is a bit more versatile in terms of ground preference than Cool Macavity having won on soft as well as good going, while his latest creditable seventh in the consolation race for the Northumberland Plate came on the new Tapeta surface at Gosforth Park.
He was held up in a hope to get the two-mile trip on that occasion and appeared to stay perfectly well after making a really promising forward move around three furlongs from the finish. He could only stay on at the one pace in the end but is obviously in decent heart at present and the slight (1lb) ease in the weights as he returns to turf is obviously a positive.
He's now competing off the same mark as when a close fourth at York when sent off a warm favourite back in May and, given he's number 70 on the list, is going to need to win today to stand even the remotest chance of making the cut for the big one on the Knavesmire on Saturday week.