Bronze Angel: last year's Cambridgeshire winner is 20-1 for the repeatPICTURE: Martin Lynch
Bronze Angel faces big task in Cambridgeshire
BRONZE ANGEL must defy history and the handicapper as he bids to become the first horse in 43 years to win back-to-back runnings of the Betfred Cambridgeshire this Saturday.
Not since Prince De Galles in 1970 has a horse won the Cambridgeshire in consecutive years, and the Marcus Tregoning-trained Bronze Angel must also achieve the feat without a run since October 2012.
"He had a setback so we have not been able to run him," Tregoning said. "But he is moving very well now and has done plenty of work so I am hopeful that he will give a good account of himself. George Baker has been booked to ride."
Bronze Angel is 6lb higher than last year, when the lightly-weighted gelding was backed in to 9-1 on course.
"Last year I was very confident that he was the best horse at the weights, but he only just scraped in off bottom weight. It was just a matter of getting into the race – I wasn’t worried about anything else," said Tregoning.
The four-year-old is 20-1 to stage a remarkable repeat victory at Newmarket this weekend. Only six horses have won the Cambridgeshire twice in its 174 years.
However, Tregoning added: "It’s hard to say how he is now compared to 12 months ago and it is always very tough in a race like this where they are sure to go very fast but he seems to be in very good form."
Michael Prosser, clerk of the course, gave the going at Newmarket as good after a mild and sunny day.
He added: "The forecast for Wednesday and Thursday – the opening day of the meeting - is for it to remain largely dry. We received positive feedback from last Saturday’s meeting regarding the Rowley Mile and I am very pleased with the condition of the course.”