Cambridgeshire Handicap day at Newmarket takes place this afternoon, with the race itself at 3.35.
The winning stalls for the last 4 runnings of this race have been 29, 21, 29 & 28 and today’s headline refers, of course, to the original name of The Who, which was The High Numbers.
Today’s event seems to have the best horses spread all over the track, so we will throw three darts at it, starting with the favourite, Tempus.
Roger Charlton‘s 4-y-o has been aimed at this race since winning at Ascot at the beginning of the month and, from Trap 23 and off just 4lbs higher, this Kingman colt is our first port of call. Have a win bet at 5-1.
Further into the middle of the course is our second pick, Anythingtoday, which is available at 16-1. Roger Fell‘s 6-y-o has looked all over the winner of its last two races, only to be picked off late. Those races were over a furlong and a half further than today and the horse’s ability to quicken clear may see it home. From stall 13, Ben Curtis may have to choose which side to go, so let’s hope he gets it right.
Our third selection is our old mate Sir Busker, leaping out from stall 3 and fresh from its second in a Group 2 at Goodwood. Still only a 4-y-o and likely to have a rail to run against, SB is a solid e/w bet at 18-1.
TV coverage starts at 1.50 with the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes for 2-y-os, with a field of just five. With no direct form-lines, these races are a matter of opinion and our opinion is that Cobh is the one to be with. Beaten only by the unbeaten Chindit in its three races so far, Clive Cox‘s colt can take the step up to Group 2 in his stride. Have a win bet at 2-1.
The Group 1 Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes at 2.25 has a dead eight field in which we have no intention of deserting Dandalla from the Karl Burke yard. Our pick both at Royal Ascot and Newmarket, she delivered both times, despite being reported as having a temperature at HQ in July. With both the placed horses winning Group races next time out and with her trainer reporting her back to her best, this looks a cracking each way punt at 9-2.
At 3.00 the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes takes place and here we get to see how the Oirish form compares to that of the UK.
The 4 runs of Lucky Vega are hard to knock, including his unlucky defeat in the Group 1 National Stakes at the Curragh two weeks ago and, with Shane Foley travelling over to maintain the partnership, this son of Lope De Vega warrants a strong bet at 9-4.
Two handicaps at Haddock are also on telly for our delectation and delight, starting with the Close Brothers Handicap at 2.05, a race which we just might have sussed.
The form of Danyah‘s last time out third at Ripon could hardly have worked out better, with the first two storming in off higher marks next time, so a win bet at 5-2 on this one is recommended.
We also think that Milltown Star is nailed on to at least make the frame, having run much better than its 4th and 6th places suggest and therefore suggest an each way bet at 6-1.
The almost compulsory 5f sprint is at 2.40 in the shape of the Close Brothers Motor Finance Handicap, so, if we must, we advise a win bet on Came From The Dark at 11-4 and an each way tickle on Mid Winster at 11-2.
That completes the lesson for today, children.
Tempus 3.35 Newmarket 2pts win @ 5-1
Anythingtoday 3.35 Newmarket 1pt e/w @ 16-1 (8 places Skybet, 7 Paddy)
Sir Busker 3.35 Newmarket 1pt e/w @ 18-1 (8 places Skybet, 7 Paddy)
Cobh 1.50 Newmarket 4pts win @ 2-1
Dandalla 2.25 Newmarket 2pts e/w @ 9-2
Lucky Vega 3.00 Newmarket 4pts win @ 9-4
Danyah 2.05 Haydock 2pts win @ 5-2
Milltown Star 2.05 Haydock 2pts e/w @ 6-1
Came From The Dark 2.40 Haydock 2pts win @ 11-4
Mid Winster 2.40 Haydock 1pt e/w @ 11-2