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Newmarket Cambridgeshire Day Preview

Newmarket is the scene for Saturday's major UK meeting as the first of the big autumn handicaps takes place, the Cambridgeshire, at 3.40pm. There is a high-quality undercard that includes the Royal Lodge, the Cheveley Park Stakes and the Middle Park Stakes and the Racing Post previews all the action at Headquarters, where they race from 1.50pm-5.20pm.


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1.50pm - Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (Group 2, 1m)

Charlie Appleby has yet to win a Royal Lodge, though he came agonisingly close last season when much-missed Coroebus was thwarted in the final stride after appearing to have the race in safe keeping at the furlong-pole.

The Newmarket trainer has strong claims of going one better now via FLYING HONOURS, a Sea The Stars colt with two wins in three starts, including the Listed Stonehenge Stakes at Salisbury last month by 5½-lengths. That form has been franked since and William Buick's partner is 10lb better than his nearest rival on official ratings with more to come.

This doesn't look the strongest renewal of the Royal Lodge and all three of his rivals have to take a big step forward even to beat Flying Honours on what he has done so far.

Aidan O'Brien has won this seven times and sends over Greenland, a steady if not spectacular improving son of Saxon Warrior. The Foxes is another going the right way for Andrew Balding but perhaps Dubai Mile for Mark and Charlie Johnston will be the one for the forecast after he readily defied a penalty at Kempton last month.

Selection: Flying Honours

Next Best: Dubai Mile

 

2.25pm - Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes (Fillies' Group 1, 6f)

A stronger line-up for this Fillies' Group 1 as a field of 10 are engaged and the market is likely to be dominated by Aidan O'Brien's Meditate and the Richard Hannon-trained Trillium.

The former has won 4-5 starts so far, including the Albany at Royal Ascot over this trip and a Curragh Group 2 at 7f in August.

Most recently, she looked set for glory in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes over that same trip this month only to be reeled in by the spectacular Dermot Weld filly Tahiyra, now ante-post favourite for the 1000 Guineas here next spring.
Ryan Moore's partner has to cope with dropping back to 6f but retains a major form chance.

Trillium has improved with every run and the No Nay Never filly has won 3-4 starts following her Flying Childers score at Doncaster this month, where she bested the Nunthorpe runner-up The Platinum Queen over 5f. She is a winner at this trip already and has an excellent chance in this company.

Paddy Twomey's Treasure Trove is another key player, while 25/1 Lowther winner Swingalong shouldn't be dismissed in haste for Karl Burke.

Mawj (Saeed bin Suroor) held off LEZOO to win the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes over on the July Course here in midsummer but that form could be overturned now by Ralph Beckett's subsequent Ascot Group 3 winner.

Very little went right for Lezoo that July afternoon and she closed to within a half-length at the line despite the winner drifting across her path. The way she handled the stiff 6f at Ascot since bodes well, as Meditate may ensure this will be a thorough test of stamina. William Buick takes over here and his filly could be the each-way value.

Selection: Lezoo

Next Best: Meditate

 

3.00pm - Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (Group 1, 6f)

A stellar renewal on paper of the Middle Park Stakes and it looks every inch a Group 1 to be savoured.

Karl Burke's Marshman lost his unbeaten record in the Gimcrack at York last month but his excellent second behind Noble Style on the Knavesmire essentially tallied as another step forward - the pair being close to four-lengths clear of everything else. The son of Harry Angel should be a contender once again.

Charlie Appleby saddled that York winner and he goes with Mischief Magic now, the Exceed And Excel colt having won an all-weather Group 3 at Kempton three weeks ago on his latest start (three wins in four starts now). He's on the upgrade.

Zoology looked very useful when scoring on debut 11 days ago at Yarmouth for James Ferguson and Qatar Racing. He's surely got a promising future ahead of him, albeit this is a very demanding arena for his second racecourse appearance.

Perhaps the key form line is last month's Prix Morny at Deauville where Blackbeard won for Aidan O'Brien with Persian Force behind in second and another Ballydoyle inmate, The Antarctic, in third.

Blackbeard and Ryan Moore had the running rail to aid them from trap to line in that French contest, while PERSIAN FORCE came down the centre of the track and had to switch inside a furlong and a half from the end to challenge. Only a half-length split them at the line and the July Stakes winner is a big player back at Newmarket. At the prices, Rossa Ryan's partner is given the nod to avenge his Deauville defeat, with Marshman rated a massive danger.

Selection: Persian Force

Next Best: Marshman

 

3.40pm - bet365 Cambridgeshire Handicap (Heritage Handicap, 1m1f)

A field of 29 were declared for the Cambridgeshire and, as always, a cavalry charge across the Rowley Mile is in store. Recent trends dictate that a high draw is the way to look, with each of the last six winners breaking from stall 20 or higher.

Likely favourite Mujtaba comes from stall 16 and is 3lb 'well-in' for William Haggas, while well-fancied stablemate Protagonist - the mount of Tom Marquand - is coming from stall three.

Jimi Hendrix will have plenty suitors from stall 28 and a nicely progressive profile for Ralph Beckett prior to being well beaten in the Golden Mile at Glorious Goodwood, an effort easily overlooked as he was badly drawn then. He should get into the mix under Rob Hornby.

Andrew Balding's Bell Rock was close behind Mujtaba at Doncaster recently and is breaking from stall 19, while Austrian Theory (21) could be one of the outsiders for Mark and Charlie Johnston as he has course form at Newmarket and is maturing all the time.

Godolphin inmate Electrical Storm is one to note for Saeed bin Suroor with Cieren Fallon on board, while last-time-out Goodwood winner Savvy Victory could arrive fast and late under Ryan Moore.

The last two Cambridgeshire winners have returned SPs of 40/1 and MAJESTIC could be something similar for Mick Channon now. He's only had seven starts and has been placed in four of six starts since June, while also notching his first win at Pontefract over a mile in August.

He wasn't disgraced in a strong 1m2f Newbury event last weekend and with Aidan Keely taking off a handy 5lb now, he's still got plenty scope for improvement and is housed nicely in stall 26. There are worse each-way contenders in the line-up.

Selection: Majestic

Next Best: Jimi Hendrix

 

4.15pm - Blandford Bloodstock Maiden Fillies' Stakes (7f)

Those that have run don't set an exacting standard and perhaps Mubhijah - one of three for in-form trainer Roger Varian in this contest - can build once more on last month's Sandown third (second start) in what was a decent contest. For the same stable, newcomer Amazing is very much one to be noted as the yard's juveniles this season are an excellent bunch and well capable of turning up raring to go first time out.

Andrew Balding's Vermilion - like Mubhijah - dons a first-time hood and needs a step up on her Leicester third this month. Chealamy was right behind her that afternoon, making plenty late ground, and can improve again now.

George Boughey runs a couple of newcomers and ANGEL DE LUZ makes decent appeal on paper. The Camacho filly is related to some decent winners and can give this a go on first appearance.

Selection: Angel De Luz

Next Best: Mubhijah

 

4.50pm - British Stallion Studs EBF 'Jersey Lily' Fillies' Nursery (7f)

Palm Lilly was thought good enough for a Group 3 on just her second start by Ralph Beckett and the daughter of Expert Eye remains low-miles. She was held on her Doncaster handicap bow this month but has Ryan Moore on board now and isn't dismissed.

Ferrari Queen has a Listed second at Newbury and a respectable Group 2 run at Doncaster on her CV since winning her first two starts on Town Moor and at Kempton this summer. She is respected for Mark Johnston and William Buick, albeit conceding lumps of weight on this nursery bow.

Zabbie, Mystic Pearl and Zebra Star are all last-time-out winners and come here with claims in an open heat but COCO JAMBOO gets the nod for Marco Botti and Andrea Atzeni.

She was second on nursery bow this month at Doncaster behind an easy winner, in turn pulling three-lengths clear of everything else (with Palm Lily in fourth). That form already has a solid look about it and she can go well here having made up plenty ground from the rear last time.

Selection: Coco Jamboo

Next Best: Ferrari Queen

 

5.25pm - Turners Handicap (7f)

A 2lb rise for his Doncaster score in August is far from insurmountable for The Attorney and Charlie Hills' colt has put together a really excellent run of form in recent months. He should be in the firing line again.

There are three Godolphin contenders, Charlie Appleby's pair Path Of Thunder and Noble Dynasty are both capable, while Saeed bin Suroor's Light And Dark was a course winner in 2019 and has endured an interrupted time since. He put up his best effort in some time when third at Chelmsford last month and that brings him into contention.

ALREHB has only had 11 starts and is a three-time winner on the all-weather at 7f/1m. Kevin Philippart De Foy has twice rattled the crossbar in competitive Racing League handicaps at Doncaster and Newcastle during August and looks a key player now under a confident Daniel Muscutt, fresh from completing his first seasonal century at Lingfield earlier this week.

Selection: Alrehb

Next Best: Light And Dark

 

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