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2019 Cambridgeshire Meeting day two tips - Tips for the four ITV races on Friday at Newmarket

Daahyeh (right) and Under The Stars (centre, far) lock horns again after clashing in the Moyglare Stud Stakes.

Our expert takes a look through the betting for the four ITV races on day two of Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire Meeting and provides readers with his tips.

The ITV Racing team will pitch up at flat racing HQ on Friday afternoon, ready to take in a fantastic afternoon of racing on the second day of Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire Meeting. Friday's card is headlined by two excellent Group Twos, with Classic clues a plenty in the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes, before the colts take centre-stage in the Joel Stakes.

Our expert has taken a look through the betting for all four of Friday’s televised races and provides readers with his best bets at Newmarket.

2019 Cambridgeshire Meeting Day Two Tips

1:50pm Newmarket Tasleet British EBF Rosemary Stakes (Listed Race) 1m


Maqsad is the undoubted class angle in this Listed contest and, if back on song, she will be very hard to deny. However, something has clearly gone amiss with William Haggas' filly during the second half of the season. There was a major inquest after Maqsad didn’t get a mile-and-a-half in the Oaks, but Haggas' charge still ran a horrendous race in the Nassau Stakes when last seen at Glorious Goodwood.

Considering how poorly the favourite has finished on both of her most recent runs, it’s worth taking Maqsad on at her current price. Andre Fabre’s Richmond Avenue is an interesting entrant, but I think the value lies with CHALEUR, who endured an interrupted first half of the season and could be rejuvenated on her return to the Rowley Mile.

Ralph Beckett’s filly kept pace with the best of her generation as a two-year-old, running on well for third behind Pretty Pollyanna in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes before rounding off her campaign with a fine victory in the Fillies’ Nursery Handicap which closes the card on Cambridgeshire day.

Beckett simply couldn’t get his filly right during the first half of 2019 and Chaleur didn’t return to action until the July Festival, where she finished fourth in a competitive handicap. Two further handicap appearances have followed, firstly at Goodwood, where Chaleur crossed the line just a length behind Maid For Life after sitting at the rear for much of the race. Harry Bentley’s mount then had to settle for third again at York, as 66/1 outsider, Excellent Times sprung a surprise.

Chaleur’s performances have improved with each of her outings this term and she could be even more effective outside of handicap company. Beckett’s filly has won on the Rowley Mile before and, being by Dansili, she shouldn’t mind a little extra cut in the ground.

2:25pm Newmarket Princess Royal Muhaarar Stakes (Group 3) 1m4f


Promissory is beautifully bred. By Dubawi and the first foal out of Seal Of Approval, who claimed a shock victory in the Champion Fillies’ And Mares’ on Champions Day in 2014. John Gosden has had to be patient with his three-year-old since handing Promissory her stable debut at Goodwood back in May, where she shaped well in finishing third behind stablemate Terebellum and future two-time winner, Maamora.

Under a confident ride by Frankie Dettori, Promissory then bolted up in a maiden at Doncaster and, after a fifty-day break, ran Sir Ron Priestley very close over 14 furlongs in the March Stakes at Goodwood. Considering that was just her third career appearance, that was an excellent effort in a high-quality Group Three and the winner boosted it’s form with a fine second behind Logician in the St Leger.

Gosden has been having a fantastic season with his fillies and I can’t see any reason why Promissory won’t bounce back to winning ways on Friday. 

Only Bet – PROMISSORY (13/8 William Hill)

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


Daahyeh is the obvious place to start. Roger Varian’s Albany Stakes winner has had to settle for second twice since her Royal triumph, losing out to Raffle Prize in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes, before coming up a little short of Love in the Moyglare Stud Stakes.

I’m delighted to see Varian and his team decide to keep their top filly over seven furlongs, instead of another clash with Raffle Prize in the Cheveley Park. The Moyglare is clearly the best piece of form to go on and Daahyeh should be good enough to get the win here. That being said, UNDER THE STARS ran a cracking race behind Love and Daahyeh at the Curragh and James Tate’s filly looks a more appealing betting prospect.

Like Daahyeh, Under The Stars has been beaten twice since securing a Group Three prize at Ascot in July. PJ McDonald's mount stumbled a little after a furlong at York and was a little lit up as a result, shaping like she needed an extra furlong in finishing a two-length fourth.

Those who were focusing on Love and Daahyeh in the Moyglare may have missed the effort Under The Stars put in. McDonald found himself a little short of room a furlong out, switching left behind Daahyeh to find a clear path and Under The Stars finished as strongly as any of her rivals in that Group One, crossing the line just two lengths adrift of the winner. Seven furlongs looks perfect for Tate’s filly at this point in her career and Under The Stars will have Champion Jockey elect, Oisin Murphy in the saddle for the first time.

Best Bet – UNDER THE STARS e/w (7/1 Unibet)
Next Best – DAAHYEH (13/8 William Hill)

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


I’m quite surprised to see KING OF COMEDY dropped back to a mile, considering how well he took to a mile-and-a-quarter in the Juddmonte International Stakes last time out. I’ve already tipped John Gosden’s colt to win the Champion Stakes at Ascot next month, so I’m hoping this will be a confidence-finding mission before a tilt at the feature race on Champions Day.

The returning Benbatl looks the most obvious danger and has a good record when fresh. Roger Varian has kept UAE Jewel off the track throughout the summer and he could be a progressive three-year-old to keep an eye on further down the betting.

Neither are attractive enough to put me off King Of Comedy though, who has a pull in the weights over both his principle rivals in the betting and comes into this on the back of placed efforts in two of the best Group Ones we have seen in 2019. 11/8 isn’t the worst price in the world either.

Only Bet – KING OF COMEDY (11/8 Coral)

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