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2019 Newmarket Cambridgeshire Festival tips - Selections for day one of the autumn highlight at Flat HQ

The Newmarket Cambridgeshire Meeting kicks off on Thursday with an eight-race card.

Brian Healy has race-by-race selections and best bets for day one of the autumn highlight at Flat HQ as the Cambridgeshire Festival meeting gets underway.

Featuring amidst Thursday’s UK and Irish horse racing meetings, the opening day of the three-day long Cambridgeshire Festival meeting goes to post at Newmarket with an eight-race card on the Rowley Mile course.

The main event of the day is the Group Three Somerville Tattersall Stakes which goes to post at 3.35pm as the fourth race of the afternoon, while there is also Listed action and competitive handicap contests to look forward to on a quality first day racecard.

1:50 - Heath Court Hotel British EBF Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Colts & Geldings) Cl4 (2yo) 1m

2:25 - First Call Traffic Management Nursery Handicap Cl2 (2yo) 1m

3:00 - British EBF Premier Fillies' Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 6f

3:35 - Tattersalls Stakes (Registered As The Somerville Tattersall Stakes) (Group 3) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (2yo) 7f

4:10 - Jockey Club Rose Bowl Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 2m

4:45 - Weatherbys TBA Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-100) 1m4f

5:20 - Molson Coors Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 1m

5:50 - Newmarket Challenge Whip Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 1m2f

Brian Healy takes a race-by-race look ahead to Thursday’s opening day racecard, including the feature race of the day, and he gives his selections for all eight of the afternoon’s contests on the Rowley Mile as another fantastic three days’ racing at Flat HQ gets underway.

1:50 - Heath Court Hotel British EBF Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Colts & Geldings) Cl4 (2yo) 1m


It ought to be worth giving another chance to DISCOVERY ISLAND (15/8, Bet365) who ran better than the bare result when dropped back to seven furlongs for his last outing at Sandown, and the return to this longer trip ought to suit Charlie Appleby’s charge.

The Dubawi gelding had shaped really well on his debut over the July Course here in August, denied only by a head behind Sound Of Cannons; and he may have found the lesser yardage just too sharp for him when beaten five lengths into fifth latest.

He ran well in the circumstances, but he can do better back over a stiffer test and he can get off the mark at the third attempt.

2:25 - First Call Traffic Management Nursery Handicap Cl2 (2yo) 1m


Although well beaten behind Mums Tipple at York in August, LOVE DESTINY (4/1, Ladbrokes) has won either side of that outing and could be the way to go in this handicap contest.

Mark Johnston’s charge probably found that six furlongs trip too sharp on the Knavesmire where he beat only a handful home behind the hugely impressive winner. But he had won on debut over seven furlongs at Chepstow seven days later, and he returned to that trip latest to beat Silver Samurai by a half-length at Chelmsford.

The Lethal Force colt found plenty for pressure to score despite giving away weight all round, and a step up in trip to one mile here on his handicap debut could unlock further improvement. He has been handed a workable opening mark for this outing, and with the yard in decent form at present he could find another jolt of improvement to strike again.

3:00 - British EBF Premier Fillies' Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 6f


CHIL CHIL (7/1, Ladbrokes) is chanced to get back on the scoresheet here despite taking a marked step up in class, but Andrew Balding’s charge looks a progressive sort who could have more to offer after just six starts.

The Exceed and Excel filly has shown improved form since switching to the handicap ranks following wind surgery, winning at Kempton in August and then following up under a penalty at Windsor next time out where he beat Port Ferro by the better part of five lengths.

Although denied in his hat-trick attempt behind Revolutionise at Kempton on his latest outing, that run came under a double-penalty and he was only beaten just over one length into third where he finished ahead of a next-time winner.

Now reassessed 3lbs higher in the weights for this latest outing, he has to find improvement on his bare form to date; but he could well do so and still relatively unexposed he could post a big effort here under champion jockey-elect Oisin Murphy.

3:35 - Tattersalls Stakes (Registered As The Somerville Tattersall Stakes) (Group 3) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (2yo) 7f


WICHITA (9/4, Bet365) bumped into the useful Mothalam when finding only that rival too strong in Listen company at Doncaster three weeks ago, and Aidan O’Brien’s charge is taken to get back on track here.

The No Nay Never colt had won on his debut at the Curragh last month, beating Fiscal Rules by a head despite only needing pushing out under hands and heels under a confident ride. 

That form perhaps isn’t the strongest, but the impression he had left on that occasion was duly confirmed next time when he was just unable to overhaul the winner, and he likely has better still to come after just two starts.

Still unexposed in comparison to a few of his rivals here, he holds a Group One entry in the upcoming Vertem Futurity Trophy so is clearly a well-regarded sort; and open to further improvement he is chanced to get back to winning ways in this contest.

4:10 - Jockey Club Rose Bowl Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (3yo+) 2m


WITHHOLD (5/6, Coral) could be tough to beat if coming back to his best form, and Roger Charlton’s charge can return to winning ways following his latest run in the Ebor Handicap at York last month.

The Champs Elysees gelding showed himself to be a progressive stayer for Charlie Hulls during the 2016 season, winning twice, after which he joined his current handler and he has since won three of six outings for Charlton which include the 2017 Cesarewitch, and he returned from an absence to strike in last year’s Northumberland Plate.

He returned to action this term to beat Billy Ray in the Newbury Marsh Cup which was his first run back in nine months and followed wind surgery; but he could only finish in midfield in the York feature latest, although he ran well for a long way before weakening out of contention.

Stepping into Listed company here against a small field, he would have to give upwards of 4lbs in a handicap but can compete here from level weights, and the longer trip will certainly suit him so it would be no surprise if he were to bounce back to winning form.

4:45 - Weatherbys TBA Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-100) 1m4f


TRAVEL ON (3/1, Coral) could be worth chancing to get back on the scoresheet, and John Gosden’s charge has ran better than the bare result on both previous start this term at Kempton and Ascot respectively.

The Lope De Vega gelding was a winner at Lingfield back in March, beating Autumn Pride impressively, and he wasn’t disgraced subsequently when finishing around four lengths’ fourth of six runners behind Bangkok in the Bet365 Classic Trial.

Having shaped as if amiss next time, he ran well on his return to action when returned to this longer trip at Kempton behind Deal A Dollar, and he subsequently lost no caste in defeat when finishing fourth latest in the Lavazza Handicap.

Blinkers now replace cheek-pieces for his latest run in what appears an easier assignment, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him going close for the Gosden/Dettori partnership.

5:20 - Molson Coors Handicap Cl3 (3yo+ 0-95) 1m


TOP RANK (11/8, Bet365) looked a useful prospect when scoring on debut at Lingfield last December, and James Tate’s charge subsequently bolstered that impression when returning from almost four months off the track to strike again at Thirsk in April where he ran out a two lengths’ winner over Lehoogg.

The Dark Angel colt has been absent again since, but he proved with that reappearance success that he can go well fresh and still thoroughly unexposed he could have better still to come on his return to action.

Switching to a handicap here, he puts his unbeaten record on the line; but with every likelihood that he has untapped potential after just two runs he could be worth chancing to make another winning reappearance here.

5:50 - Newmarket Challenge Whip Handicap Cl4 (3yo+ 0-85) 1m2f


QUICK (7/2, Ladbrokes) arrives here on the back of a last-time win at Brighton, and while this is a tougher test of her credentials the Olympic Glory filly could be worth chancing to follow up.

Richard Hannon’s charge was a debut winner at Newbury back in April, but things haven’t quite gone to plan since and she made the frame in just one of her next four starts - at Salisbury in soft ground - when finishing four lengths’ runner-up behind Tapisserie.

She collectively managed to beat only one other rival in her three remaining starts; but she left that form behind when scoring over this trip latest, beating The Jean Genie by a half-length, and while she has to raise her game again she could be worth chancing given she arrives in form and is unexposed over this longer trip which seemed to suit her and delivered some improvement.

The form is only ordinary, but she takes on a field of rivals who have largely been disappointing this campaign, and if she can replicate the form of her last outing from just 2lbs higher in the weights then she can strike another success.

2019 NEWMARKET CAMBRIDGESHIRE FESTIVAL TIPS - DAY ONE SELECTIONS


1:50 - DISCOVERY ISLAND (15/8, Bet365)

2:25 - LOVE DESTINY (4/1, Ladbrokes)

3:00 - CHIL CHIL (7/1, Ladbrokes)

3:35 - WICHITA (9/4, Bet365)

4:10 - WITHHOLD (5/6, Coral)  

4:45 - TRAVEL ON (3/1, Coral)

5:20 - TOP RANK (11/8, Bet365)

5:50 - QUICK (7/2, Ladbrokes)

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2019 Newmarket Cambridgeshire Festival tips - Selections for day one of the autumn highlight at Flat HQ

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