The Cambridgeshire meeting at Newmarket is one of the most eagerly anticipated race meetings of the season. It takes place later in the year, often in September and with it combines some of the most exciting horses in the game right now.
The meeting has been known as a hot bed for both upcoming and more established talent. The fact that many of the races are open to horses as young as 2-Year-Old means that it’s a place where many punters come to see the stars of the future, even if they aren’t quite sure who they are yet.
It’s the quality of racing that’s on offer over the three days that make the Cambridgeshire meeting so special. It’s split over three days, running from Thursday through to Saturday, with each day getting that little bit more exciting.
But the meeting is more than just another race meeting as it’s one of Newmarket’s busiest times for fans. Included over the three days is the name famous Beer Festival, where breweries from near and far are able to showcase their work. This adds to the almost carnival atmosphere at the course and is another reason why it’s become so popular with race goers.
Newmarket is able to boast two tracks at their famous race course in the form of the Rowley Mile and the July Course. The Cambridgeshire meeting is held on the Rowley Course which covers just over 1mile 2 furlong in distance.
Newmarket Cambridgeshire Meeting Betting Tips for 2019
The Autumn may see the flat season come to an end, but it is an important time for Newmarket and their Rowley Mile course with two key meetings centred around two valuable handicaps. These are the Cambridgeshire and the Cesarewitch and they are known as the Autumn double. First up is the Cambridgeshire Meeting.
About the Cambridgeshire Meeting
The meeting is held over the three days and what you’re going to find is that the racing really starts to ramp up over each day. The idea is that they are able to cater for a wide range of punters each day and for each of them they do include at least one headline race/ In total there are 3 Group 1 races that are run over the three days, which are the Cheveley Park stakes, Middle Park stakes and the Sun Chariot Stakes. But, even though there are “only” three Group 1 races, the quality of racing throughout the three days makes this one of the premier flat racing meetings of the season in what is Newmarket’s penultimate “main” meeting of the season as well.
In total there is over £1.8mllion in prize money on the table. Here is a breakdown of the highlights of each of the days racing:
Day 1 on Thursday
|Time||Race||Grade / Length|
|13:50||Bonhams Maiden Stakes||Class 4 / 1m|
|14:25||Bonhams Nursery Handicap||Class 2 / 1m|
|15:00||EBF Premier Fillies’ Handicap||Class 3 / 6f|
|15:35||Tattersalls Stakes||Group 3 / 7f|
|16:10||Jockey Club Rose Bowl||Listed / 2m|
|16:45||Weatherbys Handicap Stakes||Class 2 / 1m 4f|
|17:20||The Handicap Stakes||Class 3 / 1m|
|17:55||Newmarket Challenge Whip||Class 4 / 1m 2f|
Day one see’s the Tattersalls Stakes take place, which is a Group 3 race and one of the oldest at the meeting. The race comes with a £50,000 purse and is one of the races that caters for 2 year old and up horses. The race is over 7 furlongs and is one of the quicker races, even though it’s frequented by younger horses.
The race has had some big names take place and win over the years, including Where or When, Milk It Mick, Arctic Sound and Havana Gold. The legendary Pat Eddery has dominated the race in terms of jockey’s, with 6 wins to his name from 1977 through to 2003. Henry Cecil is the leading trainer in the race with 5 wins from 1982 through to 1998.
The Rose Bowl used to be called the Fenwolf Stakes and was hosted by Ascot Racecourse. In 2011 it switched to Newmarket, along with its name as the Rose Bowl. The race takes place over 2 miles and is one of the longest races of the meeting.
William Buick is the most successful jockey in the race with 3 wins, with John Gosden the leading trainer with 4 wins to his name.
Day 2 on Friday
|Time||Race||Grade / Length|
|13:50||British Rosemary Stakes||Listed / 1m|
|14:25||Princess Royal Muhaarar Stakes||Group 3 / 1m 4f|
|15:00||Shadwell Rockfel Stakes||Group 2 / 7f|
|15:35||Shadwell Joel Stakes||Group 2 / 1m|
|16:10||Derrinstown Maiden Stakes||Class 4 / 7f|
|16:45||Muhhadram Godolphin Stakes||Listed / 1m 4f|
|17:20||Shadwell Farm Handicap Stakes||Class 2 / 1m 1f|
The Rockfel Stakes has been run since 1981 and is another that is open to 2-year-old fillies and up. It’s another of the highlights of the race meeting and with it comes an impressive £100,000 purse, with £56,710 being awarded to the winner each year.
The race was named after the horse, Rockfel, who was able to win two Classics in 1938. The race has gone right through the ranks in terms of ranking, first starting as a Listed race, then an upgrade to Group 3 in 1986 and then finally Group 2 status in 1998, where it remains today.
The race is part of the Breeders’ cup Challenge with the winner gets entry to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf Race that takes place in a rotating venue each year in North America. Often horses that have performed well in race can go on to run in the 1000 Guineas as well. Finsceal Beo is the latest of four winners that have won both races.
There are two jockey’s tide with most wins (4) in the race’s history; Frankie Dettori and Michael Hills. The leading trainer for the race is that of Barry Hills, also with 4 wins to his name.
The Joel Stakes is probably the pick of the Group 2 races for the meeting and with it come an impressive £100,000 purse as a result. The race is open to 3 year old and up horses and takes advantage of 1 mile of the Rowley Course.
The race has been running since 1997 and was originally called the Main Reef Stakes. It was exclusively for 3-year olds initially and was named after a horse called Main Reef, which was owned by Jim Joel. The race opened its doors in 1989 to older horses and following the death of Jim Joel in 1992, the race was named after him in 1994 to honour his work within the racing industry.
The first upgrade of the race game about in 2003 going from Listed to Group 3, before eventually getting Group 2 status in 2011.
There are three jockeys that are tied on 3 wins in the race’s history, which include Michael Hills, Michael Kinane and Ryan Moore. Sir Michael Stoute is the most successful trainer, with 4 wins to his name. successful horses have included Cityscape, Eagle Mountain and Beckett, to name just a few.
Princess Royal Stakes
The Princess Royal Stakes is one of the latest additions to that of the Cambridgeshire meeting. Even though it’s only been at the meeting since 2007, the race was previously run at Ascot Racecourse and was first run back in 1947.
The race has jumped about with names and ratings from 2008, but through no fault of it’s own. The previous race used to be called the British Champions Fillies’ and Mares’ Stakes, but now it’s firmly the Princess Royal Stakes. It was upgraded to a Group 3 race in 2017 and with it comes a purse of £60,000.
Since it’s more to Newmarket in 2007 the race has seen the likes of Spirit of Dubai and Journey (the only multiple winner) come out on top.
Day 3 on Saturday
|Time||Race||Grade / Length|
|13:50||Royal Lodge Stakes||Group 2 / 1m|
|14:25||Cheveley Park Stakes||Group 1 / 6f|
|15:00||Middle Park Stakes||Group 1 / 6f|
|15:40||Cambridgeshire Handicap||Class 2 / 1m 1f|
|16:15||Blanford Maiden Fillies’ Stakes||Class 4 / 7f|
|16:50||‘Jersey Lily’ Fillies’ Nursery Handicap||Class 2 / 7f|
|17:25||Handicap Stakes||Class 2 / 7f|
Arguably the highlight of the festival and certainly the race that has the strongest affiliation with the Cambridgeshire meeting, is that of the Cambridgeshire Handicap. The race has been running since 1839 and is one of the oldest races in the country, let alone at the meeting.
The race actually has strong ties with the Cesarewitch, which is also run at Newmarket a couple of weeks after the Cambridgeshire Handicap. The pair of races were known as the Autumn Double. There was once a time where horses used to be entered into both races to win a lucrative double, but these days entry into both is rare and only three horses have completed the feat, all in the 19th Century.
The handicap race comes with a purse of £160,000 and is one of the biggest races of the whole meeting in terms of prize money. There have been several multiple-winners of the race, including Hackler’s Parade, Christmas Daisy, Sterope, Prince de Galles, Baronet, Rambo’s Hall and most recently, Bronze Angel.
Leading Jockeys are that of Nat Flatman and George Fordahm with 4 wins etch and leading trainers, also with 4 wins each are that of William Day, Jeremy glover and John Gosden.
Cheveley Park Stakes
The Cheveley Park Stakes is one the Group 1 races at the meeting is widely regarded as the highest profile in terms of stature. The race is over 6 furlongs, so it’s short, but it’s mightily fast and very exciting for the punters to watch.
The race is named after Cheveley Park, which is an estate that was owned by Harry McCalmont in 1892. The first race was run in 1899 and is now one of the feeder races for horses to then enter the 1,000 Guineas. The first horse to ever complete the lucrative double was that of Pretty Polly in 1903/04 and the most recent that of Special Duty in 20019/10.
The purse of £275,000 brings out all of the big guns of the racing world. The most successful jockey is that of Sir Gordon Richards who won the race 9 times from 1928 trough to 1953 in an illustrious career. Leading trainers include Alec Taylor Jr. and Criquette Head-Maarek, both with 4 wins to their name. Interestingly, Aiden O’Brien.
Middle Park Stakes
The third of the three Group 1 races, the Middle Park stakes is one that rivals the Cheveley Park Stakes in terms of purse, with £275,000 up for grabs. The race includes colts that are two years old colts and up and follows the 6 furlong sprint on the Rowley Mile.
The race was founded by that of William Blenkiron in 1866 and was initially called the Middle Park Plate. The restriction to colts only came bout in 1987 and it was added to the Cambridgeshire meeting in 2015, where it’s been greatly received.
The race is another that is party of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series, which is a series of races that takes place all over the world and includes and illustrious list of races. The winners gets a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint, which takes place at rotating courses across North America every year.
Horses that perform well in this race often go on to compete in the 2,000 Guineas with the most recent winner of both races being that of Rodrigo de Triano in 1991-92 seasons.
There are three jockeys that hold the record for most wins, with Danny Maher, Sir Gordon Richards and Lester Piggott all winning the race 6 times. Leading trainer, Aiden O’Brien, has also managed to notch up 6 wins in the race.
The Autumn Double
The Autumn Double compromises of the Cambridgeshire Stakes and the Cesarewitch Handicap, two of the biggest races that occur at Newmarket each year. Both races were established in 1839 and they are both handicap races. Here’s how the two races compare:
Cambridgeshire & Cesarewitch Comparison
|Cambridgeshire||1m 1f||£160,000||3yo +||1839||September|
|Cesarewitch||2m 2f||£350,000||3yo +||1839||October|
The meeting is famed for having a plethora of 2-year-old races. A lot of them are Group 2 and up, which signifies a high calibre of racing given the young age of some of the horses. Often you get the first look of potential future stars here.
Here is a look at how the 2-Year-Old and up races compare with each other.
2-Y-O Races at the Cambridgeshire Meeting
|Tattersalls St.||Rockfel St.||Royal Lodge St.||Cheveley Park St.||Middle Park St.|
|Restrictions||Colts & Geldings||Fillies Only||Colts & Geldings||Fillies Only||Colts Only|
|P Eddery (6)||M Hills (4)
F Dettori (4)
|L Piggott (8)||G Richards (9)||D Maher (8)
G Richards (8)
L Piggott (8)
|H Cecil (5)||B Hills (4)||N Murless (8)||A Taylor Jr (4)
C Head-Maarek (4)
|A O’Brien (6)|
The Cambridgeshire was first run in 1839 and was immediately linked with a the Cesarewitch race to create two illustrious handicapped races. Initially there was a £100 of prize money that was up for grabs which was fundraised by that of the local gentry.
The race was initially ran over the part of the round training course at Newmarket, but as the race progressed, it eventually got moved to the flat and onto the now, Rowley Mile Course. The race really took off after the war and with it the prizemoney started to increase massively.
This meant that it was now able to attract the best jockeys, trainers and of course, horses to the event. The current purse of £160,000 makes it one of the biggest races at the Cambridgeshire Meeting and massively popular Handicap race.
The large field size of the race means that anything can happen in the race, which is highlighted by the fact that only one favourite has won the race between 2008 and 2018, with the largest starting price for the winner coming in the form of 100/1 shot, Spanish Don, in 2004.
Bronze Angel is one of the most successful horses in the race and has won it on two occasions in 2012 and then again in 2014. What’s interesting about the wins is that each time they’ve had a different jockey, with Louis Steward riding in 2012 and then Jimmy Fortune in 2014.
The horse is owned by Lady Tennant and M P N Tregoning and is located in Ireland. Over it’s career it’s had 53 races in total, with 8 wins to its name, earning over £440,000.
There aren’t an awful lot of standout trainers in the race given how competitive it is, but if you had to credit one person, it would be that of John Gosden. It’s Gosden who has now racked up 4 wins in this career, which is equal.
His latest success came at the hands of one of his most trusted and decorated jockeys’ in Frankie Dettori. He rode 2018 winner Wissahickon victory in one of the fastest times in the race’s history. Gosden has also done what no other trainer has done and had back to back winners in the race. These came in 2007 and 2008 when Pipedreamer and then Tazeez won the race.