Cambridgeshire Day Preview.

Saturday 24th September 2022


Author: Jordan Yates (EvRacing_)


Welcome to this Saturday Preview where I’ll be taking a look at the concluding day of action at Newmarket’s Cambrideshire Meeting as well as some of the action at the Curragh and Haydock. The first race I’ll be taking a look at is the 1.35 at the Curragh which is the Group 2 Beresford Stakes that’s contested over a distance a mile. I like the chances of Adelaide River here at 13/8 for the team of Wayne Lordon and Aidan O’Brien. He’s a colt by Australia who’s had just the two runs to date, he won on debut at Dundalk in smart style before following up with a fine effort in France where he finished a neck second within Group 3 company. It’s likely that there’s a lot more to come from him for his top connections, and if building on that effort last time out he’s got to be considered as a big player here.

Next up it’s the 2:25 at Newmarket which is the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes for fillies over six furlongs on the Rowley Mile. This is an absolute cracker, and I’ve sided with Trillium at 5/2 for the combination of Pat Dobbs and Richard Hannon. She’s quickly developed into one of the most exciting horses in trainining, winning the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes in impressive style in July before following up at Doncaster last month in the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes. That last performance at Doncaster may not have been as impressive on the eye, however, she made up a lot of ground to reel in the very talented Nunthorpe runner-up The Platinum Queen, which I personally think was a fantastic effort. She’s also got form over this longer trip of six furlongs, having bolted up at Newbury over this distance earlier in the season. I think she’s a superstar, but she will need to be to get the better of the very talented Mediate here.

The 2:40 at Haydock is where I’ll be heading next which is a Class 2 Handicap that’s ridden over five furlongs. This is an extremely competitive affair, of which I’m going to be siding with Count D’orsay at 6/1 for Tim Easterby and David Allen. He arrives here on a losing run that’s been going on for some time now, however, as a result of this, he’s reached a mark which he’s shown he can be competitive off. When he was last seen he finished third of nineteen in the Portland Handicap at Doncaster last month, just under a length behind the winner, and he’ll contest this race off the same mark. He’s a course and distance winner who has won here in the past off a higher mark, and I think he looks set to go close to ending his current losing streak.

It’s back to Newmarket now for the 3:00 which is more Group 1 action in the form of the Middle Park Stakes, that’s contested over six fulongs and is for the colts. This is another cracking race, and I’ve sided with Mischief Magic at 7/2 for Charlie Appleby and William Buick. He’s a rapid improver for the boys in blue, and arrives here having notched up three wins on the bounce, with the most recent success coming at Kempton last month in the Group 3 Sirenia Stakes. He won very well last time, sweeping down the outside of the field to win comfortably, and a bit like the yards Eternal Pearl who won here on Friday, he gives the impression that’s there a lot more to come from him. He’s got a bit to find with some of his main market rivals here, however, he’s not yet had the opportunity to showcase what he can do at the top-level.

The 3.40 at Newmarket is the final race that I’ll be sharing my opinions on this week, which is the big one itself in the Cambridegshire. A Heritage Handicap that’s one of the most competitive betting contests of the season, this year’s renewal of the mammoth race has attracted 28 runners and I’ve decided to have two selections. The first of these, comes in the form of Savvy Victory at 17/2 for Ryan Moore and Sean Woods. He’s a three-year-old that has had a largely progressive campaign, only disappointing when finding Group 3 company too hot to handle at Ascot earlier in the summer. He was last seen when winning a solid Goodwood handicap by over two-lengths last month, and despite this being much more a test, if he builds on that last victory he’s got every chance. My second selection is Arqoob at 18/1 for Connor Planas and William Jarvis. He’s a four-year-old and a much more battle-hardened performer, on his last two outings he’s hit the frame and with the talented Planas taking off an invaluable seven-pounds there’s definitely a case to made for him if he gets a bit of luck in the run.

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