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Clever Cookie is ready to start his campaign at Ripon on Saturday in the Riponbet Our Profits Stay In Racing Handicap.

Peter Niven’s popular seven-year-old was a Grade Two winner over hurdles but proved himself just as adept on the level, winning a Listed race at York and beaten only two lengths in the Doncaster Cup.

“You’ve got to start somewhere and there’s only a stone between top and bottom,” said the North Yorkshire handler.

“It’s only a mile and a half, which isn’t ideal, but we were running out of options without taking him down south, which I didn’t really want to do first time out.

“Hopefully they get a few of the showers that are forecast because I wouldn’t want to run him on quick ground.

“He showed last year that anything getting towards good to firm isn’t really for him.

“His campaign will be very much ground dependent but the races pick themselves. After this there’s York (Yorkshire Cup) or he could go for the Ormonde at Chester.

“We even put him in the (Ascot) Gold Cup as if he won one of those races and he wasn’t in it and needed supplementing we’d look a little silly.

“It’s all dreamland at the moment, anyway.

“I won on his mother (Mystic Memory) over three miles so even though he’s by a sprinter I don’t think stamina will ever be a problem.

“He’d be on the go for 18 months before he had this break and, to be fair, he thrived on his racing so hopefully he comes back in the same form.”

Barry Geraghty has not yet given up hope of making a surprise return from injury for the last day of the British jumps season at Sandown on Saturday.

The jockey reports his leg to be healing extremely well after he sustained a hairline fracture of his tibia in a fall at Downpatrick on March 22 and expects to be back on a horse by the weekend.