2019 Newmarket Cambridgeshire Festival tips – Selections for day three of the autumn highlight at Flat HQ

It is Cambridgeshire Day on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket.

It is Cambridgeshire Day on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket.

Brian Healy gives his race-by-race selections for day three of the autumn highlight at Flat HQ, including the Middle Park Stakes.

Saturday plays host to day three of the 2019 Cambridgeshire Festival meeting, and the closing day fixture is a top-class affair not just with the eponymously-titled and hugely competitive handicap going to post but also Group One action with the Middle Park Stakes which could well be the race of the season featuring a clash of juvenile titans.

The pick of the action features amidst the day’s ITV Racing coverage with four races live from Flat HQ, including the Cambridgeshire Handicap.

1:50 – Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (2yo) 1m
2:25 – Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes (Group 1) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
3:00 – Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (Group 1) (Colts) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
3:40 – bet365 Cambridgeshire Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 1m1f
4:15 – Blandford Bloodstock Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Plus 10 Race) Cl4 (2yo) 7f
4:50 – British Stallion Studs EBF Jersey Lily Fillies’ Nursery Handicap Cl2 (2yo) 7f
5:25 – Newmarket Journal And Velvet Magazine Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 7f

Brian Healy takes a race-by-race look ahead to the third day racecard on the Rowley Mile Course at Newmarket and gives his race-by-race selections for a fantastic afternoon of action on the flat.

1:50 – Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (2yo) 1m

PYLEDRIVER (10/1, William Hill) is 2-3 in his career to date, sluicing through some testing conditions latest to run out a ready winner of the Listed Ascendant Stakes at Haydock earlier in the month with a defeat of Sound Of Cannons.

William Muir’s charge had made a good first impression when landing long odds on his debut at Salisbury back in July and he proved that run to be no fluke when finishing fourth in a Listed contest at Newbury next time behind Thunderous where although he only beat one rival home, he was only around three lengths’ adrift of the winner.

That form perhaps doesn’t quite stack up against a couple of these rivals, but he remains open to improvement and he showed a good attitude to score in that Haydock contest.

While that win came on soft ground, he had won on debut on much quicker underfoot conditions so the prospect of a quick surface will hold no terrors for him, and he ought to remain competitive despite the step up in class.

The stiff finish here could play to his strengths given he appeared suited by the emphasis on stamina at Haydock, and it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see him getting firmly in the mix.


Pyledriver can strike again with success at Newmarket

2:25 – Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes (Group 1) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 6f

A fascinating clash in prospect between French raider Tropbeau and RAFFLE PRIZE (5/4, William Hill) with Mark Johnston’s charge taken to come out on top.

The Slade Power filly has gone from strength to strength this campaign, stepping up on a promising debut here in May behind Daahyeh to reel off a three-timer which included back-to-back Group Two wins at Royal Ascot and at this venue on the July Course.

The latter of those wins saw her beat Daahyeh in the Duchess Of Cambridge stakes, scoring by the better part of two lengths’ over her old rival; she had won earlier in the Queen Mary Stakes over a furlong shorter, although her winning run was ended by the unbeaten Earthlight in the Prix Morny latest.

She was only beaten a neck on that occasion however, and she had a subsequent Group One third behind as well as Group Two and Group Three winners so the form of that effort is very strong.

Despite the prospect of some rain at Flat HQ, any easing of the ground is unlikely to pose an issue given her Queen Mary performance in soft ground, and with the potential for further improvement she could prove a tough nut to crack if reproducing her recent French form.

3:00 – Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes (Group 1) (Colts) Cl1 (2yo) 6f

SISKIN (9/2, Ladbrokes) can uphold his big reputation with a fifth straight success to keep his unbeaten record going, and Ger Lyons’ First Defence colt could land a second Group One success at the expense of some highly touted rivals.

An impressive defeat of Harpocrates on his debut at Naas was followed up by an equally bloodless victory over King Neptune in the Listed Marble Hill Stakes at the Curragh on his next start; and he has subsequently twice beaten Monarch Of Egypt in both the Railway Stakes and the Phoenix Stakes latterly where he won a shade comfortably despite not quite feeling at home on the soft ground.

He showed a decent attitude to hold off Aidan O’Brien’s charge who reopposes here along with King Of Neptune who has also finished behind the selection, and he’ll be well suited by a faster surface although the potential for rain perhaps isn’t too much of a problem given his latest run which although was workmanlike rather than flashy showed that he could handle softer ground.

He may well prove to be a better horse on a quicker surface, and while there is some rain forecast the Lyons team will likely be hoping that any rainfall won’t have too much of an adverse effect on the ground. But assuming the ground doesn’t cut up too badly then he should have little problems with the underfoot conditions.

Of course, this is a tougher test he takes on now than the Group One he won last time which perhaps wasn’t the strongest of races for the grade; but he likely has the potential for better still, and his last outing hinted that he hadn’t reached the ceiling of his progress. While the yard hasn’t been firing on all cylinders in recent days, a win here could provide a welcome shot in the arm and every chance he can go close, especially if the ground holds out for him.


Siskin can win a second Group One with success at Newmarket on Saturday

3:40 – bet365 Cambridgeshire Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 1m1f

A typically competitive renewal of this handicap contest, and JAZEEL (16/1, Bet365) is taken to get back on the scoresheet and bounce back from a lesser run in the Sky Bet Handicap at York last time out where he finished ninth behind Tamreerand beaten around six lengths.

The Roderic O’connor gelding had proven to be a largely consistent sort for Mick Channon last term, ending his time with that trainer with a course and distance win in the Silver Cambridgeshire where he beat Everything For You by a neck.

Having subsequently moved to Jedd O’Keeffe, he finished runner-up on each of his first two starts for his new handler before getting back to winning ways at Sandown in July. He is excused his subsequent run at York behind Pivoine in the John Smith’s Diamond Jubilee Cup which may have come too soon for him under his penalty, and he almost bounced back to winning ways when finsihing a close second behind Fayez at Goodwood next time.

He ran better than the bare result latest, and the Knavesmire may not be a suitable track for him given he has disappointed there before; but the form of that run looks decent given a couple of winners have since come out of that contest, and he could benefit from his return to this track where he has won in the past.

The prospect of a strong pace will surely suit, and he could still have some scope for better off this handicap rating so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him post a big effort where he’ll likely be finishing late under Jamie Spencer.

4:15 – Blandford Bloodstock Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Plus 10 Race) Cl4 (2yo) 7f

Some interesting newcomers line up here, but PRINCESS BRIDE (4/1, Bet365) shaped with plenty of initial promise when finishing third on debut at Leicester earlier in the month, finishing ahead of the reopposing Sunset Kiss, and the Shamardal filly can improve for that experience to get off the mark now.

Saeed bin Suroor’s charge is nicely bred for middle distances, so she may not be seen to best effect until she goes up in trip and she gave the impression in that debut that she would benefit from more of a test so it is perhaps a slight surprise to see her kept to seven furlongs on her second outing.

She could however step up on that debut third, and likely to progress she can open her account here.

4:50 – British Stallion Studs EBF Jersey Lily Fillies’ Nursery Handicap Cl2 (2yo) 7f

HUBOOR (20/1, Ladbrokes) showed plenty on her debut at Yarmouth in soft ground back in June, finishing third behind Summer Romance, and Mark Johnston’s charge duly stepped up on that performance to win at the second attempt when successful at Chepstow the following month.

The More Than Ready filly won a shade readily over Fleeting Prince in that outing, and that runner-up along with the fourth horse home in that race have both won since. He subsequently wasn’t disgraced when returning from a short break to finish five lengths’ third behind Roseina’s Voice at Chester earlier in the month, better than the bare result having been caught flat-footed when the pace lifted before running on.

He ought to be suited by this extra furlong, while he’ll be sharper for that last outing and may have more to offer back on a more conventional track having perhaps just found the much sharper Roodeye track against him.

It wouldn’t come as a surprise to see a much better showing here, and she can post a big effort despite her lengthy odds.

Mark Johnston

Mark Johnston can get amongst the winners on the final day of Newmarket

5:25 – Newmarket Journal And Velvet Magazine Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 7f

The consistent SPANISH CITY (6/1, Coral) could quickly get back on the scoresheet having run well in a competitive handicap contest at Ascot last time where Roger Varian’s charge finished fifth behind Salute The Soldier in the Cunard Handicap.

The Exceed and Excel gelding had struck the time before at Yarmouth, beating Haddaf, and he was only denied by one length in that latest outing where he sported first-time cheekpieces.

The headgear is dispensed with this time around, and he can compete from the same mark as at Ascot; while Marco Ghiani’s 7lbs claim is noteworthy and can only aid his cause.

He rarely runs a bad race, and he could be worth chancing in a competitive finale to close out the meeting with a return to winning ways.


1:50 – PYLEDRIVER (10/1, William Hill)
2:25 – RAFFLE PRIZE (5/4, William Hill)
3:00 – SISKIN (9/2, Ladbrokes)
3:40 – JAZEEL (16/1, Bet365)
4:15 – PRINCESS BRIDE (4/1, Bet365)
4:50 – HUBOOR (20/1, Ladbrokes)
5:25 – SPANISH CITY (6/1, Coral)