Over £1 million in prize-money is on offer across the three-days, which begins with a stellar card on the opening Thursday featuring a number of intriguing two-year-old contests. It stands as a pivotal day for the future Classic generation, where the Group Three Tattersalls Stakes over seven-furlongs is raced as the juvenile crop seek to position themselves ahead of the next season. The two-mile Listed Jockey Club Rose Bowl over two-mile also features on the first day of the Cambridgeshire meeting and is viewed in many quarters as a possible pointer to a leading staying contender later in the campaign.
Day two of Newmarket’s three-day autumn meeting is topped by a pair of fascinating Group Two contests for two-year-old fillies’ and the elder generation, respectively. The Shadwell Rockfel Stakes, for juvenile fillies’, is a seven-furlong race that is widely-regarded as one of the premier trials for the 1000 Guineas the following year. In 2014, the Godolphin-owned Lucida won the Rockfel before going mightily close to winning the next season’s second Classic. Later in the card is the Group Two Shadwell Joel Stakes for horses aged three and older. It is a significant one-mile contest that sees a number of the division’s leading contenders do battle before targeting premier end of season engagements - most notably at British Champions Day.
The third and final day of the Cambridgeshire meeting is without doubt the best of the week. Two Group One races and one of Europe’s biggest handicaps dominate an unmissable card. It is one of the biggest race-days of the season and routinely produces a star two-year-old colt and/or filly. The Group One Cheveley Park Stakes is a contest for two-year-old fillies’ raced over Newmarket’s straight six-furlongs. It is the first of two major trials for the following year’s Classic races, which are raced on the same Newmarket Rowley Mile course. The next is the Group One Middle Park Stakes, this time for two-year-old colts over six-furlongs. The race is renowned for producing both milers and sprinters of the future. In 2012, Reckless Abandon won the Middle Park before embarking on a solid career in the sprinting sphere.
The three-day meeting is built towards the mouth-watering 1m1f Cambridgeshire handicap, which sees 35 horses aged three and older engage in a thrilling cavalry charge down the Rowley Mile. First run in 1839, the Cambridgeshire stands as part of the famous ‘Autumn Double’, alongside the Cesarewitch which is run each October over 2m2f. The Cambridgeshire is the ultimate horse race in that it boasts excitement, adrenaline and drama as the very best one-mile handicappers go toe-to-toe on the world famous Rowley Mile for a share of the lucrative prize-money on offer.
The Cambridgeshire is held in such high-regard due to the unique test that Newmarket hosts. The settings exclusive undulating downhill nature forces its runners to possess good balance, speed and agility to match its demands. The straight mile is set at a gradual descent until the one-furlong pole where there is a significant dip before a steady climb to the finishing line. Newmarket’s hidden undulation 200 yards can catch many horses off-guard, ultimately costing them a winning chance. Such a layout of a course ensures thrilling race-day excitement for spectators as Europe’s leading thoroughbred horses seek glory at Britain’s finest flat racing venue.
Add to this the immense horse racing history that surrounds Newmarket, which includes the National Horse Racing Museum, National Stud and world famous Tattersalls sales ring, then it makes for an incredible three days of sport. Newmarket racecourse is home to nine of Britain’s 32 Group One races throughout the campaign, making it the centre-point of British flat racing. The rich history that accompanies to the unique setting ensures an unrivalled experience is had for race-goers attending the Cambridgeshire meeting. From leading thoroughbred racing to unparalleled sporting tradition, Newmarket’s three-days of action for the Cambridgeshire festival offers a fantastic experience for the Suffolk race-goer as the flat campaign enters its crucial autumn period.