Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 18:45 05/09/2014
The John Gosden-trained Cornrow is currently one of three joint favourites for Newmarket's Betfred Cambridgeshire later this month at 14-1 but with the four-year-old set to carry 8st 8lb and at number 52 among the entry of 150 the son of New Approach is far from certain to make the cut for the first leg of the autumn double. With that in mind connections of the colt will be hoping William Buick's mount can win his fourth race in a row by taking Ascot's opener tomorrow, in the process earning a penalty which should ensure a place in the historic cavalry charge at headquarters on Saturday 27th September.
The late maturing Cornrow failed to see a racecourse as a juvenile, making his debut in a Nottingham maiden last August when running with promise in sixth place but with that experience under his belt the horse won his remaining two race last season, both on Kempton's all-weather surface. Eleven months passed before Cornrow was seen again but off a mark of 87 the horse ran out a most impressive winner of a Haydock handicap last month and a rise of only 7lb looks lenient to say the least.
A best price of 4-1 with Ladbrokes would appear very short for Ascot's Fly London Southend Airport Handicap at 1.55 against 17 rivals in the seven furlong contest but time may show that the lightly-raced colt is a Group horse in disguise and if that is the case he should be able to take care of these decent but exposed handicappers before going on to better things. It could also be wise to back the horse for Newmarket's big handicap before the Ascot race as the 14-1 on offer with the same firm will disappear quickly if successful at the Berkshire venue.