Your Newmarket Meeting Guide
September 21, 2016
This coming Thursday signals the start of the 2016 Cambridgeshire Meeting – three days of world-class racing and top-quality handicaps. Steeped in history, the renowned Rowley Mile at Newmarket, often referred to as ‘The Course of Champions’ provides an unrivalled setting for this fantastic spectacle which concludes with the biggest betting race of the event – the Cambridgeshire Handicap.
First contested in 1839 and run over one mile, the Cambridgeshire Handicap typically has in excess of 25 runners, therefore presenting punters with a smidgen of extra value to go alongside the competitive nature of the race. Only four favourites have emerged victorious in this race since 1995, which only serves to highlight the unpredictable nature of this race.
Alongside its star attraction, the Cambridgeshire Meeting also stages three Group one races, an additional three races for Group three categorised horses and a number of other races to capture the enthusiasm of those in attendance.
This year will once again generate new talking points as a thrilling new chapter unfolds at the 2016 Cambridgeshire Meeting. Here is our guide to the most prestigious races of each day and the runners and riders you need to be backing as we pick out our top Cambridgeshire Meeting odds.
Thursday 22nd September: Somerville Tattersall Stakes
This fascinating Group 3 contest is the highlight of Thursday’s agenda and is competed over a distance of seven furlongs and is open to two-year-old thoroughbred colts and geldings.
Make a note of undefeated and exciting juvenile Escobar who made a winning debut at Newbury in July and backed this up with another first place in a listed event on his return to the track last month.
However, it is Irish colt, Bay Of Poets who goes in as 2/1 favourite at Newmarket following a fine win at Kempton earlier this month.
Friday 23rd September: Cheveley Park Stakes
Covering six furlongs, this group one race is for two-year-old fillies as overwhelming favourite Lady Aurelia currently dominates the betting market having triumphed in all three of her races this year. In the saddle will be Wesley Ward who will be buoyed by her fantastic win at the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Queen Kindly at odds of 3/1 with Bet365 will pose the biggest threat to Lady Aurellia having taken the Lowther Stakes at York last time out.
Brave Anna – winner of the Albany, is another starter in this high-quality field and can be backed at 25/1.
Saturday 24th September: Cambridgeshire Handicap
It is worth noting that the last 14 winners of this iconic race have been 14 or younger. The fresh legs of five-year-old Sacred Act go into the race as favourite and his trainer John Gosden in search of a fourth Cambridgeshire Handicap title.
The race’s last three winners are all expected to start, with Third Time Lucky (2015), Educate (2013) and Bronze Angel (2014 and 2012) all among the intended starters. The latter will have the sentimental support of onlookers as he attempts to become the first horse to win it three times.
Another entry to keep an eye on is Lincoln runner-up Bravo Zolo who has raced just three times during the calendar year, but possesses excellent all-weather form. At 16/1, he may prove to be a lucrative gamble.