Tip of the day: Tip Top Cat?
Ian Ogg is hoping that supporters of Top Cat Henry will be purring with delight after his run at Wetherby this afternoon.
Aidan Coleman has a decent record for Dr Newland
Cats are a good source of money it seems.
There are the maneki neko – the paw-waving fortune cats – which are supposed to bring you good luck, wealth and prosperity and other things besides depending on the colour, clothing and other symbols.
Grumpy Cat, meanwhile, has his own Wikipedia page (as well as his own fortune) and is described as a cat, internet and media personality (is that in the same way as sports personality?) and actor, while at the weekend I read in a magazine supplement of the truly remarkable story of Bob who is the subject of a series of books and is about to star in his own biopic.
Truth is stranger than fiction they say but I don't think it's fantasy to suggest that Top Cat Henry could run a big race in the Listed handicap at Wetherby despite the market drift.
The front two in the market both have something to prove with Abricot de l'Oasis returned to hurdles after a fall at Fakenham. He did progress well in that sphere and it's reasonable to hope for further progress in this, but he was well held from a 7lb lower mark on his last handicap chase start.
The trip is on the short side for Theatre Guide who used this meeting to warm up for the Hennessy 12 months ago, while Indian Stream disappointed at Chepstow.
They could all win of course and Top Cat Henry now sports blinkers instead of a visor after being beaten over 17 lengths at Stratford. He did win over a shade further at this course in March though and this decent prize is a realistic early-season target.
He was brought down on his seasonal reappearance and made an early mistake at the Midlands venue but put himself in contention for minor honours behind the runaway winner until weakening close home which may have been an indication that the run was needed.
If he does improve from that run and for the fitting of blinkers he may well be able to take advantage if one or two of the better fancied horses fail to deliver. This will be the first time that Aidan Coleman has ridden the eight-year-old but he is an encouraging four from eight for Dr Newland and although Top Cat Henry may not be the indisputable leader of the gang or the most tip top Top Cat he's certainly worth chancing at 9/1 (general 8s) in an open race.
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