Cambridgeshire Meeting Tips

Need some tips for this year’s Cambridgeshire Meeting? Our team of experts will have every race over the three days covered, providing readers with the betting suggestions for the various pattern races and handicaps, whilst reporting any breaking news pieces.

Jon Vine’s Ante-Post Tips

2019 Middle Park StakesEARTHLIGHTGET 5/2 HERE
2019 Cheveley Park StakesRAFFLE PRIZEGET 9/4 HERE
2019 Cambridgeshire Handicap TipsLORD NORTH e/wGET 11/1 HERE
PETRUS e/wGET 33/1 HERE

Brian’s Day Three Selections

1:50pm Royal Lodge StakesPYLEDRIVER e/wGET 8/1 HERE
2:25pm Cheveley Park StakesRAFFLE PRIZEGET 11/10 HERE
3:00pm Middle Park StakesSISKINGET 9/2 HERE
3:40pm Cambridgeshire HandicapJAZEEL e/wGET 14/1 HERE

2019 Middle Park Stakes Ante-Post Tips

Ger Lyon’s identified this race as the target for Siskin after the Phoenix Stakes and I don’t think he’ll have any problems dealing with the challenges posed by the Rowley Mile. However, considering how workmanlike his victory was on soft ground last time out, the weather forecast won’t fill Lyons and his team with much joy.

Andre Fabre, on the other hand, will be licking his lips at the prospect of soft ground and I think EARTHLIGHT could take all the beating when he makes his British debut in the Middle Park Stakes.

It’s been 20 years since Andre Fabre won the Middle Park Stakes. Lycius and Zieten claimed victory on the Rowley Mile in 1990 and ’92 respectively, and neither boasted the form Earthlight brings to Newmarket. Fabre hasn’t sent a runner to the Middle Park since Zieten’s triumph, so there must be little doubt in his mind that Earthlight will not only deal with the Rowley Mile, but that this son of Shamaradal will have too much pace and quality for his European rivals once again.

2019 Cheveley Park Stakes

In truth, this looks a fairly weak renewal of the Cheveley Park. Daahyeh is absent, Etoile will likely miss out and none of the probable runners outside the top two in the betting bring any sort of form that suggests they are up to Group One level. This really should be a walk in the park for RAFFLE PRIZE and she could be the best bet of the entire meeting.

Only Pinatubo, Mum’s Tipple and Threat boast a higher rating than Raffle Prize in the juvenile ranks here in Britain. Johnston’s filly is the highest-rated juvenile filly in the sport and there’s absolutely no reason to suggest she has reached her peak. Raffle Prize has run well on the Rowley Mile, won previously here at Newmarket and goes on any type of ground. She is, quite frankly, unopposable.

2019 Cambridgeshire Meeting Schedule

Day One – Thursday 26th September

2:00pm The Bonhams EBF Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Class 4) 1m

2:35pm The Bonhams Nursery Handicap Stakes (Class 2) 1m

3:10pm The Bonhams Fillies’ Handicap Stakes (Class 3) 7f

3:45pm Tattersalls Stakes (Group 3) (Colts & Geldings) (Registered As The Somerville Stakes) 7f

4:20pm Jockey Club Rose Bowl Stakes (Listed Race) 2m

4:55pm Weatherbys General Stud Book Online Handicap (Class 2) 1m4f

5:30pm Molson Coors Handicap (Class 3) 1m

Day Two – Friday 27th September

1:50pm Tasleet British EBF Rosemary Stakes (Listed Race) (Fillies & Mares) (Class 1) 1m

2:25pm Princess Royal Muhaarar Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies & Mares) (Class 1) 1m4f

3:00pm Shadwell Rockfel Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) (Class 1) 7f

3:35pm Shadwell Joel Stakes (Group 2) (Class 1) 1m

4:10pm Derrinstown British EBF Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Class 4) 7f

4:45pm Mukhadram Godolphin Stakes (Listed Race) 1m4f

5:15pm Shadwell Farm Handicap (Silver Cambridgeshire) (Class 2) 1m1f

Day Three – Saturday 28th September

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

2:25pm Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes (Group 1) 6f

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

3:40pm bet365 Cambridgeshire Handicap (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) 1m1f

4:15pm Blandford Bloodstock Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Class 4) 7f

4:50pm British Stallion Studs EBF ‘Jersey Lily’ Fillies’ Nursery Handicap (Class 2) 7f

5:25pm Newmarket Journal Handicap (Class 2) 7f

Cambridgeshire Meeting Preview

Racing returns to Newmarket’s world-famous Rowley Mile at the end of the month, as flat racing headquarters stages their popular Cambridgeshire Meeting. A real ale Festival runs alongside the racing throughout the meeting, but it’s the on-track action that will draw a capacity crown to Newmarket over the three days and the ITV Racing team will be in place to capture all of the best racing.Read our full preview of this year’s Cambridgeshire Meeting…

Cambridgeshire Meeting Betting Tips

Tips will be available when the racing schedule is announced.

The Cambridgeshire Meeting

The Cambridgeshire meeting is a three-day festival raced at the home of British flat racing, Newmarket racecourse, hosted each September. Held on a Thursday through until a Saturday, the Cambridgeshire meeting is viewed as one of the major autumn festivals’s in the flat calendar, and is headlined by the ultra-competitive nine-furlong handicap, the Cambridgeshire.

Day 1

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 2

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.

Day 3 – Cambridgeshire Handicap

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.

Newmarket Racecourse

The Rowley Mile

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.

Famous Cambridgeshire Handicap Winners

Several horses have succeeded in winning the Cambridgeshire Handicap twice, with four mounts winning in consecutive years. Unusually, Rambo’s Hall won the race in 1989 as a four-year-old and again in 1992 as a seven-year-old, beating many much younger horses. This handicap race is often prone to surprise results, such as when Dolphin Vista won in 2017 with a starting price of 50/1.