Fleur Blanch with Cool Water who will run in the Benchmark 60 Handicap at Grafton on Monday, 15th of February, 2016Photo Bill North / Daily Examiner
Fleur Blanch with Cool Water who will run in the Benchmark 60 Handicap at Grafton on Monday, 15th of February, 2016Photo Bill North / Daily Examiner Bill North

Cool Water tipped to shine on dry track after sinking in wet

COOL Water is her name but it seems the moniker doesn't translate to reality for the Grafton-trained mare which has demonstrated a distinct dislike for the wet.

The five-year-old has had a steady reputation but her last two runs have produced vastly different results; a solid win at the Gold Coast followed by a last-place finish in the wet at Doomben.

Today marks the bay mare's first start on her home track at the Clarence River Jockey Club, where she will be one of three New Zealand horses among a small field of seven in the first race of the day.

WATCH: Ulmarra town favourite Tomar chases her first win for trainer Todd Fletcher in race two at Grafton today, ideally drawn from box one. Last week she struggled from a wide draw to finish seventh.

Trainer Scott Henley predicted Cool Water would run a much better race on today's dry track and was hoping the last start was a "forgive run".

"She's in her own backyard so she just walks across the road and she's there to race," he said.

"She can only improve on her last run and she still has confidence."

Henley said the 2200m race at Doomben just over a week ago was Cool Water's first start in the wet and she had not performed well. Henley also revealed that during the race she shifted a plate, which for a horse is "like getting a rock in your shoe".

"She's never been on it before until the other day and just didn't handle it, some love the wet and some don't take to it," he said.

"She might not have handled the trip to Brisbane either but the vet, chiropractor and farrier have all gone over her since and nobody can find anything wrong with her.

"She worked nice on Thursday so I can't fault her in any way. As one of the owners said, she's on ice. Not as in the drug, as in ice cube."

As for Cool Water's breakthrough win at the Gold Coast last month, Henley said he had forecast that success when he saw the dry track. It was her first win out of eight starts.

"If she comes out and wins this one we'll just have to put it down as ninth wonder of the world," he said.



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