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Racing: CATNAP; Cool is hot to trot in Sprint.

Byline: By GARRY OWEN (Alan Thomson)

TAKE the Cat to beat the cream of British sprinters at Haydock today.

Stable confidence is sky-high after dry and hot weather earlier this week significantly altered the going.

And jockey Jamie Spencer believes the six furlongs of today's Stanleybet Sprint Cup will bring out the best in One Cool Cat.

He said: 'I am really looking forward to partnering him at Haydock, particularly in light of how he per-formed over five furlongs at York last month. The extra furlong should play to his strengths. The drier weather has been encouraging and I expect him to give a very good account of himself.'

Uplawmoor trainer Jim Goldie won't be too discouraged by drying conditions as he has always maintained that Orientor doesn't need a mudbath to produce his best.

Goldie said: 'We learned from last season not to run him on firm ground and have campaigned him accordingly this summer.

'The ground was just on the slow side when he won so convincingly at Sandown and it should be something very similar at Haydock.'

The ground has come right for Frizzante and a reproduction of his Group One victory in the July Cup would put him bang in the firing line.

Ignore his subsequent dismal effort in France when Frizzante got bogged down.

On a cracking support card Aidan O'Brien can capture the Listed race with Troubadour (3.40). The sole three-year-old representative was thought worthy of a Sussex Stakes entry and connections were also talking about the Juddmonte International at Yo r k Those targets may have been a bit ambitious but O'Brien clearly thinks highly of him.

Lochbuie (2.05) is worthy of each way support in a wide-open heritage handicap.

He was trapped wide at York and struggled to get home on the clinging ground.

Today's faster conditions and a better draw should enable John Egan to take up a handier position.

Course and distance scorer Whistler (1.35) comes here fresh after a month's break.

It's a rare matinee start at Folkestone so don't miss Diamond Josh (11.30) who was marked down as a sure-fire future winner when third in a hot Windsor maiden behind Marajuana and Marching On (six-length winner since).

Tomorrow at York hat-trick seeking McQueen (5.20) must be followed while in such revitalised form.

GARRY'S TOP FOUR

ONE COOL CAT (2.35 Haydock) DIAMOND JOSH (11.30 Folkestone) COUNCIL MEMBER (2.40 Kempton) ROBINZAL (5.05 Thirsk)
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 4, 2004
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