Saturday sees the annual running of the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket. The Cambridgeshire is a Class 2 handicap run over a distance of 1 mile and 1 furlong and it is the first race of the ‘Autumn Double’, with the Ceserewitch handicap, which is run at Newmarket in October forming the second part. The Cambridgeshire always attracts a large field of runners and this year is no different, with 35 runners due to go to post.
Last year’s winner Bronze Angel is the current ante-post favourite as he looks to win the race for a record-breaking third time having also been successful in 2012. Trained by Marcus Tregoning, Bronze Angel goes into Saturday’s race in winning form having been successful at Doncaster earlier this month.
The Irish trained Portage is the current second favourite. Trained by Mick Halford, Portage placed second in the Irish Cambridgeshire at the end of August having been in winning form at Ascot at the end of July. William Buick takes the ride on Saturday as he looks to ride his second winner of the race having been successful on Bronze Angel in 2012.
Frankie Dettori has been back to his best this season and he is booked to partner the John Gosden trained GM Hopkins. Winner of the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot in June, GM Hopkins has since ran below par at Goodwood and York and connections will be hoping that a return to Newmarket, where he was successful last year, will spark a revival in fortunes.
Ryan Moore has made his return to riding this week after a spell out with a serious neck injury and he is set to partner the Sir Michael Stoute trained Abseil. Not seen since the Derby meeting at Epsom in June when finishing third in the Invested Mile, Abseil would be a first Cambridgeshire success for both Moore and Stoute.
Top weight for Saturday’s race is the Rod Millman trained Master Carpenter. Winner of the John Smith’s Cup at York back in July, Master Carpenter will have young jockey Jordan Vaughan on board claiming a valuable 5lb allowance.
Energia Davos made a winning return at Ascot earlier this month in his first run for almost 200 days. Trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam, Energia Davos stayed on well at Ascot over 1 mile to win and the extra 1 furlong distance in the Cambridgeshire could well see further improvement.
Other runners of note are the John Dunlop trained Early Morning, the Mark Johnston trained Fire Fighting and My Dream Boat trained by Clive Cox.
Bronze Angel is the current 10 (9/1) favourite for success on Saturday. Portage is 11 (10/1), GM Hopkins 13 (12/1), Abseil 17 (16/1), Master Carpenter 26 (25/1) and Energia Davos 29 (28/1). The horse racing tip for Saturday’s Cambridgeshire handicap is an each-way bet on Energia Davos at 29 (28/1).
By: Scott McGlynn