Prince To Lift Cambridgeshire Crown

No doubt about where the pick of the domestic action comes from this coming Saturday, with the eight-race offering from Newmarket standing head and shoulders above the rest. There’s something for everyone here, with two Group 1 contests, one of the biggest handicaps of the season, and a clutch of further juvenile and handicapping events. If there’s one thing that would further enhance what looks to be a card to savour, it’s a winner or two. Here’s where our cash is going today.

1:50 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (Group 2) 1m

In what is one of the biggest days of the season for the juveniles it’s the two year olds who set the ball rolling in race one. Won last year by the mighty Roaring Lion and by the incomparable Frankel in 2010, success here can often hint at big things to come.

There are any number of promising colts in here including the Scat Daddy sired duo of Kadar and Beatboxer who both look dangerous. Preference though is for the Aidan O’Brien trained Cape Of Good Hope. This one set things up for the speedier Quorto last time out over 7f, but was running on strongly again at the line. This step up to a mile should suit this full brother to Highland Reel and Idaho well, and he’s fancied to grind these down close home.
Tip: Cape Of Good Hope To Win at 7/1 with Paddy Power
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2:25 Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes (Group 1) 6f

The days big event for the fillies comes next as Aidan O’Brien goes for a third successive win in the Middle Park Stakes. Being by Kodiac, his funner, Fairyland, is far from a typical Ballydoyle representative, but she showed excellent speed and determination to come out on top in the Lowther Stakes last time out and shouldn’t be far away.

The one we like though is the current market leader, Pretty Polllyanna. This Michael Bell trained daughter of Oasis Dream arrives having already recorded a win at the top level when seeing off Signora Cabello last time out at Deauville and looks a filly to keep on side. Showing plenty of dash to get to the front that day, we loved the way she found again once challenged by the talented runner up and fancy she may prove tough to beat.

Tip: Pretty Pollyanna to win at 6/4 with Paddy Power

3:00 Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (Group 1) 6f

With the juvenile fillies having had their turn in the spotlight in our preceding race, now it’s the turn of the boys. We have two unbeaten colts at the head of the market here in the form of the Aidan O’Brien trained, Ten Sovereigns, and Simon Crisford’s, Jash. Both have been impressive in dismantling whatever opposition has been put in their way to date and in all honesty it’s tough to determine which is the better horse at this stage. Our choice here largely comes down to price. With Ten Sovereigns trading at odds-on and Jash available at 4/1, an each way play on the latter looks to be the way to go. Emaraaty Ana is also worth a second look following his win in the Gimcrack and may be the value amongst the outsiders.

Tip: Jash each way at 4/1 with Coral
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3:40 bet365 Cambridgeshire Handicap (Class 2) 1m1f

And so to the big betting heat of the week at HQ and the headline act of this whole meeting; the historic Cambridgeshire Handicap. We have no shortage of likely contenders here including the likes of the ultra-consistent Kynren, class dropping Kenya and rapidly improving Danceteria from the yard of David Menusier.

Most appealing of all though is Roger Varian’s UAE Prince, who is due a bit of luck in one of these. This son of Sea The Stars invariably travels like an absolute dream but has been running into major traffic problems more often than not of late. On occasion he hasn’t looked the most keen to battle it out, but first time cheekpieces may help in that regard. If Andre Atzeni can weave a path through, he looks handicapped to win running off a mark of 99.

Tip: UAE Prince each way at 14/1 with Coral

4:15 Blandford Bloodstock Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Div I) (Class 4) 7f

Simon Crisford’s, Imperial Charm, sets the standard amongst those with racecourse experience in this maiden contest, and any step forward from her debut third over this course and distance may make her tough to beat. There are a whole host of promising newcomers in opposition though and it wouldn’t be the biggest surprise should one of them prove up to the task. Of these, the one we like best is Swansdown from the yard of Luca Cumani. By super sire Dubawi and out of the Group 2 winning mare, Pongee, she makes as much appeal as any on pedigree and goes for a yard who are ticking along nicely at present.

Tip: Swansdown each way at 14/1 with Paddy Power

4:50 Blandford Bloodstock Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Div II) (Class 4) 7f

Very little to go on in terms of form in Division II of this race, with only market leader Desirous having any form at the track. She hasn’t managed to get her head in front in two starts to date though and there must be a fair chance she will find at least one too good again here.

Moneta looks interesting for Charlie Appleby having attracted significant support in the market, but the one we like is Ed Walker’s Baba Ghanouj. Nicely bred, being by Sea The Stars and a half sister to the smart Agrotera, she’s attractive on paper and a nice each way price.

Tip: Baba Ghanouj each way at 20/1 with Paddy Power

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5:25 British Stallion Studs EBF “Jersey Lily” Fillies’ Nursery Handicap (Class 2) 7f

We stick with the juvenile fillies in our penultimate contest, but we do at least have a bit more form to look at ahead of this handicap event. Not all of these seem certain to see out this 7f trip and we rate proven stamina as the number one prerequisite for success here. As such the one we like is the top weight I’ll Have Another. Already a winner at Listed level and over a mile, this filly hails from the yard of Mark Johnston and so is unlikely to shirk a battle when push comes to shove in the closing stages.

Tip: I’ll Have Another each way at 9/1 with Paddy Power

5:55 Newmarket Journal Handicap (Class 2) 7f

A competitive looking handicap rounds off the day’s card with a number of interesting contenders on show, including class droppers such as Nebo and the consistent Spanish City. Overall though we feel it may be worth rolling the dice with the David Elsworth runner Ripp Orf one more time. Now 14lbs higher than for his Victoria Cup success, he probably is now coming towards the ceiling of his ability, but the manner of his success last time out at Ascot suggested he may not have reached it just yet. Travelling super smoothly in behind throughout, he made up five or six lengths to reel in the leaders inside the final furlong, and it is that come from behind style which has made it so tough for the handicapper to keep tabs on him. We fancy he can go in again.

Tip: Ripp Orff to win at 9/2 with Coral

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