Air Pilot's Cambridgeshire Run Still In Doubt

Air Pilot will have to wait until the final declaration stage on Thursday to find out if he has has made the cut for the Betfred Cambridgeshire at Newmarket

Air Pilot may not make the cut for Newmarket's Betfred Cambridgeshire

The John Gosden-trained Cornrow, our 14-1 ante-post selection for Saturday’s Betfred Cambridgeshire at Newmarket, is guaranteed a place in the nine furlong Heritage handicap as the four-year-old currently stands at number 26 in the contest which has a maximum permitted field of 35, but connections of recent impressive Newbury scorer Air Pilot will have to wait until the final declaration stage on Thursday to find out if the 8-1 favourite has made the cut for the race worth just short of £100,000 to the winner.

96 Horses stood their ground at the six-day stage for the historic contest first run in 1839 with Ralph Beckett’s improving son of Zamindar, despite a 4lb penalty for his comfortable victory over First Flight at the weekend, still requiring a further ten horses above him in the handicap to drop out in order to gain a place, something which appears unlikely at this late stage. Such was the style of the five-year-old’s victory at the Berkshire venue that a hefty rise in his current rating of 87 is a foregone conclusion, of which his trainer said: ” I would really like to run him in the Cambridgeshire but I don’t think he’ll get in.

“I’m not sure I want to run him in the Silver Cambridgeshire on Friday but I haven’t made up my mind. He’s going to go up 10-14lb for Newbury. He’ll be difficult to place from now, but is owner-bred and the mare is still alive with the owner. I have to factor that in as well.”

Last year’s winner Educate tops the weights on 9st 10lb in an effort to become the first back-to-back winner since Prince de Galles in 1969/70 but time may show that the concession of 16lb to our selection Cornrow ( 10-1 with most bookmakers including Bet365, Betfred and Ladbrokes ) is asking the impossible from Ismail Mohammed’s charge.