Newmarket Cambridgeshire Meeting 2018 – (Day 1)
The Cambridgeshire Meeting takes centre stage this week at Newmarket and it all kicks off this Thursday where we have the Group 3 Tattersalls Stakes the feature contest over at HQ. As stated the Tattersalls Stakes is a Group 3 affair which is contested over a distance of seven furlongs and is headed by the highly thought of and expensive purchase which is none other than Roger Varian’s Prince Eiji. This 2.4 million purchase made the perfect start to his racing career when winning at Ascot on debut the last day and this well bred sort will be looking to take the step up here which is albeit a sizeable one, under the hands of Andrea Atzeni. He sits firmly at the top of the market at around the 9/4 mark.
The main opposition for this market leader looks to come in the form of Aiden O’Brien’s Cardini who is a horse I have been following with fairly close interest this term and he’s looked quite a tricky sort, as it took him a fairly long while to get his head in front despite looking to travel powerfully throughout large parts of his races. Following his victory he went to the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster where he was a big price and ended up finishing third behind the exciting Too Darn Hot. That’s arguably the form of the race here and he could well still be improving and put in a bold showing here with Ryan on board. He’s a general 5/2 shot in the betting. Next up in the betting looks to be Floating Artist for Richard Hannon and Jamie Spencer, a horse who was last seen when finishing second in Listed company at Haydock earlier this month. The form of that particular race has a solid look too it and the the yard have a decent record in this, it wouldn’t be a surprise should he be involved at the business end of thing at around the 6/1 mark.
Barring a below par effort the last day at Sandown, Alan King’s Dunkerron is generally a consistent performer and has put in some solid efforts within decent company this year. He’s certainly a player if bouncing back here and can be found trading at a general 7/1 with Martin Harley on board. Also trading around the 7/1 mark is Mark Johnston’s Arctic Sound who’s got three wins from five to his name including a smart success at Doncaster last time. He will need to step up again here though, he’s the mount of Silvestre De Sousa. Bye Bye Hong Kong represents Andrew Balding here and was last seen when finishing fifth of six in the Champagne Stakes when also behind Cardini, he’ll need to improve himsef and is the mount of Oisin Murphy. The field is made up by You Never Can Tell at 14/1 for Richard Spencer and Tom Queally.
As you all see time and time again on this site I always fall for these hype horses and i’m absolutely doing it once again here and had a go on PRINCE EIJI. This far from the strongest Group race you’ll ever see and i’ll take the chance on this very expensive purchase being able to cope with the step up and go very close here under Andrea Atzeni.