Racing: One Cool Cat is handed stall 13

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One Cool Cat heads 14 runners declared at yesterday's final 48-hour stage for the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket tomorrow.

The son of Storm Cat, a general 2-1 favourite, has been drawn in stall 13. His trainer Aidan O'Brien will also saddle the outsider Tumblebrutus. O'Brien is seeking his third success in the colts' Classic, having struck with King Of Kings in 1998 and Rock Of Gibraltar two years ago.

All the leading fancies have stood their ground. Barry Hills' Haafhd, an impressive winner of the Craven Stakes over the Rowley Mile two weeks ago, will be in stall four, while David Elsworth's unbeaten Greenham Stakes victor Salford City is drawn six.

Godolphin, successful with Mark Of Esteem in 1996 and Island Sands three years later, will be double-handed through Snow Ridge (drawn 14) and Golden Sahara (five).

The going at Newmarket remained good, Michael Prosser, the clerk of the course, reported yesterday.

Rain threat to two cards

Officials at Nottingham and Worcester will hold early morning inspections of the courses ahead of today's cards.

After an afternoon inspection at Nottingham, the clerk of the course, Ed Gretton, said: "We're going to have another look at 7am. We're still soft, heavy in places. The forecast is for a few millimetres overnight - but we wouldn't want any more than that."

The prospects at Worcester appear even more gloomy. The track was described as soft, heavy and waterlogged in places yesterday, and Fergus Cameron, the clerk of the course, called a 6.45am inspection.

"After a dry day ground conditions have not improved as much as we'd have liked. We are unraceable at present but we want to give it every chance," Cameron said.