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Air Pilot Can Fly To Victory In Huxley Stakes

06 May | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Air Pilot Can Fly To Victory In Huxley Stakes

Ralph Beckett runner to concede race fitness to rivals

The Huxley Stakes on Wednesday looks a tight little contest, with just 1lb separating six of the seven runners on official ratings. Cannock Chase made a no more than a satisfactory reappearance in the Gordon Richards Stakes and is plenty short enough, given he has been off with an injury and isn’t guaranteed to be quite as good this season as last.

A 10 length success for Maverick Wave last time out in handicap off 105 suggests he put in a special performance, but it looked more a freak performance for a horse that has tasted defeat plenty of times off lower marks. It doesn’t look as though he’s suddenly improved a stone, so he looks worth opposing.

Air Pilot is much more interesting. He should love a little bit of cut in the ground, his prominent style of racing is perfect for this course and he won a listed contest comfortably on his latest start. He’s never run a bad race, and could be anything this season, so looks worth following. Hopefully the lack of recent run won’t catch him out.


Look to the Future in Chester Vase

We may be unlikely to see a Derby winner in the Chester Vase, but it will take a smart colt to win the race and it looks as though Hans Holbein and Future Empire will be disputing favouritism. The former needs plenty of respect being saddled by Aidan O’Brien, a man who has won this race five times in the last eight years. The form of his recent maiden win has been let down since by the runner up, so although he should have the class to win this, he’s yet to prove it.

Future Empire looks the bet here for Saeed bin Suroor. He didn’t handle the course last time out at Epsom in a weaker race, but his previous placed efforts in Group 3 contests over trips that would have been on the short side read well in the context of this race. The ground should be no problem and this step up in trip should suit.


Collaboration can get punters off to great start in opener

The card starts with a 10 furlong handicap which doesn’t look the strongest class 2 handicap. Most of these are pretty exposed, but that’s not the case with Andrew Balding’s Collaboration. He had some smart form early last season before losing his way. He’s returned this season in great form though with two comfortable wins. He may be up 10lbs for his latest win, but he couldn’t have won that contest any easier and we still have no idea what the ceiling of his ability is. He can get a good position here and win on his way to better things.

Last year’s winner Tres Coronas ran well in the Lincoln last time over too short a trip. Having come down a couple of pounds in the handicap, he is well enough handicapped to follow home Collaboration.