Bronze Angel bids to make history with third victory
The winners of the last four runnings of the Betfred Cambridgeshire make this year's renewal of the famous nine-furlong handicap at Newmarket a special one.
Bronze Angel, successful in 2012 and 2014, the 2013 hero Educate and last season's victor Third Time Lucky are all set to play their part in a vintage edition.
Seven horses have won this historic race twice but none has yet managed a third - a statistic Bronze Angel bids to defy.
Marcus Tregoning's stable stalwart is making his fifth successive appearance in the race and attempts to become the first seven-year-old to strike since Rambo's Hall won it for a second time in 1992. To add to his task, Bronze Angel has not raced since April.
"It's a long time since he ran, but he's in good form," the Whitsbury handler said. "The ideal thing would have been to have a race three weeks ago, but he wasn't ready, so he had as strong a piece of work as we could give him at Lingfield a couple of weeks ago and he worked well.
"He's going into the race off a much higher mark than when he first won it off 95, the second time he won he was off 99 and now he's off 107. We've got Louis Steward, who won on him the last time, claiming 3lb.
"It's the sort of race the young, improving horses seem to have a good chance in, so we'll just have to see, but we can't have him in better shape than we've got him."
Educate has twice been beaten in this ultra-competitive heat since coming out on top three years ago.
He is lumbered with the steadier of 9st 12lb, prompting trainer Ismail Mohammed to reduce the burden by 5lb with the services of apprentice George Buckell.
"He's in good order. We've run him four times this season and this will be the final race of the year for him," said Mohammed.
"He's looking good and he worked well last week. It's a tough race.
"We thought we'd claim off him to help him."
Last year's winner Third Time Lucky heads a three-pronged attack from the Richard Fahey stable with Dolphin Vista and Gabrial's Kaka providing support.
"Third Time Lucky seems in good form and the track and trip obviously suits him," said the Musley Bank handler.
"I think Dolphin Vista could run well and Gabrial's Kaka is what he is.
"Any rain they get would suit those two."
Stuart Williams reports Examiner to be in tip-top shape as he attempts to go two places better than last year when he ran a cracking race to take minor honours behind Third Time Lucky.
"I am happy with his draw in stall 18 as it will allow him to tack over to whichever side has more pace, which is very important," he said.
Frankie Dettori - who had a double at Newmarket yesterday courtesy of Journey and Spain Burg - rides Bravo Zolo.