Betfred Cambridgeshire betting preview
3:40 Newmarket (1m1f)
RACING’s headquarters plays host to the first leg of the Autumn Double on Saturday as a field of 35 descend on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile for the latest renewal of the Betfred Cambridgeshire Handicap over 1m1f. The ground was officially described as good on the second day of the Cambridgeshire meeting and similar can conditions can be expected on Saturday where last year’s winner Prince Of Johanne bids to become the first horse since Prince de Galles in 1970 to win the race for a second consecutive year. Tom Tate’s representative won the race off a mark of 91 only 12 months ago but faces a much stiffer task now racing off a BHA rating of 104 although he does have the assistance of useful claimer Brendan Powell, who takes off a handy 5Ib. After winning the Royal Hunt Cup in June, the 6-year-old gelding has been a little disappointing in each of his last three runs since but will appreciate this slight step up in trip after racing exclusively at a mile this season. He, along with 2010 winner Credit Swap, are the only two previous course and distance winners in this line-up but the latter, now with Michael Wigham, has to overcome a 371-day absence. Check out all the free bets on offer for this race here.
Chil The Kite has done little wrong in his seven career starts to date and probably got going a little too late in a Listed contest at Haydock last time. The winner has run well since and the second Fulbright proved himself up to Listed class when scoring at Sandown recently. Hughie Morrison’s charge ran well at this track on his final start as a 2-year-old and even though he has been handed stall number 1 he holds pressing claims for the stable that won this with Supaseus in 2009. The nature of King’s Warrior’s success in the John Smith’s Cup over slightly further was most taking and the way he forged clear once asked by rider Rab Havlin suggests there could be more to come from the son of King’s Best. Peter Chapple-Hyam’s inmate has gone up 10Ib for that 4½-length win but the booking of excellent claimer Michael J Murphy partially offsets a rise in the weights and he could be dangerous, especially if rain arrives beforehand.
Closing quickly at the finish in a competitive Goodwood Handicap last time was the George Baker-trained Jack’s Revenge, who has the services of French rider Gerald Mosse. Granted a bit of luck in running, the 4-year-old might be a little bit better of a mark of 90 after a convincing victory on the neighbouring July Course on his penultimate outing. Jack’s Revenge is stepping into better company but is versatile with regards to the ground and can play a part if getting the breaks. So can Bronze Angel who sneaked into the race off joint-bottom weight for the Marcus Tregoning team. His run in the Britannia at Royal Ascot was eye-catching but after travelling extremely well into the race he found a couple too good when push came to shove. The Dark Angel colt has been raised just 4Ib for that effort and shouldering just 8-8, he is worth monitoring in the market. Find the best offers for the 2013 Cheltenham Festival.
Top weight Fury has ran okay in defeat of late before bombing out in the Strensall Stakes at York and looks to have it all to do at the weights. Similarly, Mijhaar has yet to really go on as expected this year and has been beaten favourite on three of his four runs this term and on recent evidence is perhaps worth swerving. Mukhadram will don the famous Hamdan Al Maktoum silks and is unexposed after four career starts, the last of which came when second to Sovereign Debt in a conditions event. The Paul Hanagan-ridden colt is open to boundless amounts of improvement but looks a little short in the market and at much likelier forecast odds, Godolphin might have a say in the outcome of this race with Man Of Action. His last run can be forgiven as he was slowly away and pushed along from a very early stage at Sandown but prior to that he was a very gallant second to the useful Sir John Hawkwood over 1m2f. Frankie Dettori’s mount might want the ground to dry out further but stamina should not be an issue and he is expected to be competitive down another 1Ib to a mark of 97.
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