The main racing attraction for this weekend is the Cambridgeshire meeting at Newmarket, which, along with the traditional Cambridgeshire Handicap, there are a series of some of the most important late in the season races featured on the cards, in which we are likely to see some of the current season’s stars, along with a few newcomers that could be put into the form notebook for next season.
The Cambridgeshire itself is traditionally known as the first half of the Autumn Double, the other half of which is the Cesarewitch Handicap, which will be run in early October, over the same Newmarket course.
It is a fact that in years gone by, punters would have sporting wagers on this famous double, but, since betting has gotten more and more streamlined in recent times, this autumn double betting tradition has gone completely out of the window.
For the purpose of our betting interest at the meeting, I will cover the cards for both Friday and Saturday, hoping to pick up a few winners along the way.
On Friday, the opening race is the Oh So Sharp Stakes, which has a very interesting field.
Aidan O’Brien has a few entered here, but, as I don’t know what he will finally run, I will take a chance with Jim Bolger’s Scintillula to notch the plum prize, with de Sousa’s mount Spokeswoman looking the likely danger.
Next we have the Rosemary Stakes, in which I would give Ladys First a leading chance, with the improving Chigun also to the fore.
We now come to the Joel Stakes, a Group Two contest, with a field that reeks of class. The in-form Thistle Bird appeals here, but will have to be wary of Trumpet Major.
The Fillies Mile is next on the card, and gives a chance to Certify to clock up a four-timer, with Magical Dream doing its best to spoil the party.
The Maiden will have a big field, with maybe a turn-up on the cards, but I think Stoute’s Hillstar will come good, chased home by Martial Art.
The Godolphin Stakes may go to its sponsors, in the shape of Lost in the Moment, closely attended by Lalooj.
The Whip, the last on the card, could go to Villa Royale, with the one for the forecast looking like Exning Halt.
On now to Saturday, where, before I go on to our Fab Four, I would recommend that you have an each-way bet on Chil The Kite in the Cambridgeshire, for, apart from him being laid out for the race, he is very well handicapped to put on a good show.
Now that’s done, I will go on to our regular Saturday Quartet. In the Royal Lodge, I think that Fallon’s mount, Steeler, has a major squeak, but also expect a big run from Al Waab.
The Cheveley Park is a competitive contest, but Maureen can add to her recent victory, pressed in the closing stages by Rossdhu Queen.
Aidan O’Brien’s Up can oblige in the Sun Chariot, but has to account for Elusive Kate, while Ghanaian can take the Nursery for Godolphin, at the expense of Red Turban.
Enjoy your racing at the weekend, and Good Luck!
The Fab Four:
Newmarket: 1:55 Steeler, 2:25 Maureen, 3:00 Up, 4:15 Ghanaian.