O'Brien booked for Captain Bertie in Cambridgeshire
Last Updated: September 10, 2013 10:38am
Captain Bertie (left): Heading in the right direction
Joseph O'Brien is set to take the ride on Captain Bertie in the Betfred Cambridgeshire at Newmarket.
O'Brien teamed up with trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam to great effect in the race last year, partnering Mull Of Killough to finish second in the ultra-competitive nine-furlong heat.
Captain Bertie has won one of his six starts so far this term and was last seen finishing third over a mile at Ripon last month.
He is rated 96, which puts him on a mark of 8st 10lb, and Chapple-Hyam is well aware he would not get in the race as things stand right now.
"We just need some rain in Newmarket. I know it's three weeks away and that's a long way off, but the rain really starts to get into the soil," she said.
"I was pleased with how he galloped last Saturday and he's headed in the right direction.
"Joseph rode Mull Of Killough last year to finish second so it's nice to have him.
"We're not 100% in the race. We need five to come out at the moment but I don't know that David Livingston would run off 10st so that could put the weights up and allow Joseph to ride.
"Godolphin have six in there still and William Haggas has five so hopefully a few will come out and allow us a run. I would be disappointed if we didn't get in.
"The question mark is whether he will get the nine furlongs, but his run at Ripon suggested he will."