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Smart Cookie looks set for York double

Updated: Tuesday, 03 Jun 2014 09:34 | Comments

Clever Cookie (left) could run twice at York
Clever Cookie (left) could run twice at York

Peter Niven has ruled out any possibility of Clever Cookie running at Royal Ascot later this month but the dream of contesting both the John Smith's Cup and the Ebor at York remains alive.

The rapidly-improving Primo Valentino gelding, a Grade Two winner over hurdles, dead-heated with Ralston Road in the Stowe Family Law LLP Grand Cup over the Ebor course and distance on Saturday and will now enjoy a well-deserved rest.

Niven said: "He has come out of his race well and will get a quite time of it for now.

"He has had a hard time since the new year so he deserves a good break."

Jockey Graham Lee felt the six-year-old had not quite stayed in the immediate aftermath of the race, but Niven remains upbeat reflecting on what he describes as a "marvellous performance"'.

Niven said: "We will assess him later this month and make a plan, but my gut feeling is that he will be effective over both a mile and a quarter and a mile and six furlongs.

"I have always thought he was an Ebor horse so I would not be ruling it out.

"The John Smith's Cup is also on the agenda and I am not sure if any horse has won both before, but it would be nice to give it a go.

"This horse has a very high cruising speed and a serious turn of foot."

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