First raced in 1839, the Cambridgeshire Handicap is a flat handicap race open to horses aged three years or older.
The race is staged on the final day of Newmarket’s three day Cambridgeshire Meeting and is held on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile over a distance of one mile and a single furlong and is always one of the highlights of betting year.
With £120,000 on the line this weekend, what can we expect from the 2021 renewal?
Cambridgeshire Handicap 2021 Betting Tips
In from 66/1 just a matter of days ago, the big market mover is Chichester who has been backed into as short as 9/1 such has been the interest in him following his win at Ayr last week.
Trained by Keith Dalgleish, the four year old has since earned a 12lb rise in the BHA ratings and will carry a 4lb penalty in Saturday’s 35 runner race at Newmarket.
Owner by Sir Ian Good, who won the Zetland Gold Cup with Penny A Day in 1995, Chichester will be hoping for a dry week which has been forecast, hence the rush for punters to get on board him.
His victory at Ayr was more than welcome to his connections following a summer filled with the four straight defeats that followed his win in the Carlisle Bell back in June on what was his sixth run for Dalgleish.
Chichester began his career with two second place finishes from five starts for Sir Michael Stoute and has raced a packed campaign in 2021 with 11 runs chalked up already.
And while Chichester is unlikely to go off as favourite his price has more than halved in a matter of days and he looks set to shorten further yet.
The favourite right now is the one time Derby hope Uncle Bryn.
The John and Thady Gosden trained three year old is racing for a yard that has won this race twice in the last three years with Wissahickon in 2018 and Lord North in 2019.
The gelding won last time out at Ascot and will also be carrying a 4lb penalty but that is unlikely to bother a horse that is clearly destined to go on and become a Group horse in time,
He contested April’s Epsom Derby Trial before coming home in last place in the Dante Stakes behind St Leger winner Hurricane Lane.
Uncle Bryn has won three in five and will have Frankie Dettori on board who will be looking to add a fourth Cambridgeshire to his CV.
Irish Admiral travels strongly into contention and quickly puts the race to bed to land the @RacingTV Straight Mile Series Handicap for the in-form pairing of Adam Farragher and @WilliamHaggas 🏅 pic.twitter.com/yzNXeLJyJH
— Redcar Racecourse (@Redcarracing) August 28, 2021
Despite making a mess of things in June’s Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot, William Haggas’ Irish Admiral remains an attractive proposition.
The four year old has a new rating of 100 and returned to form last month at Redcar on good to firm in a run that followed decent and improved showings at the July Festival and the Ebor meeting.
True, his Redcar romp (above) was a drop down in class, but nevertheless he made light work of a field that included Hortzadar who came home second two lengths behind.
Likely to be Haggas’s only entry, Irish Admiral has enough ability to be a strong contender in a race such as this and if conditions suit he looks a worthy each way punt at around 20/1.
History Of The Cambridgeshire Handicap
The race was first held in 1839 when it was won by Lanercost. It is the exact same age as the Cesarewitch, another major handicap held at Newmarket, and initially the two contests were referred to as the Autumn Double.
Originally, the Cesarewitch took place before the Cambridgeshire, but that order has since been reversed and the Cambridgeshire is now held first by two weeks. In the past, many horses have attempted the double but only three have ever completed the feat in the 19th century, Rosebery (1876), Foxhall (1881) and Plaisanterie (1885). Today, this is achievement rarely contested.
Cambridgeshire Handicap Key Stats and Records
- Three years old is the most common winning age
- Seven of the past ten winners have won over more than nine furlongs previously
- Winners of the Cambridgeshire have an average weight of 8st 11lb
- Six of the last ten winners have been drawn in stalls 21 or above
- Of the last ten winners, eight were drawn in to double figure stalls
- Only two horses in the last ten years have returned home as SP favourite
Past Winners Of The Cambridgeshire Handicap
|2020||Majestic Dawn||Paul Hanagan||Paul & Oliver Cole|
|2019||Lord North||Frankie Dettori||John Gosden|
|2018||Wissahickon||Frankie Dettori||John Gosden|
|2017||Dolphin Vista||George Wood||Martyn Meade|
|2016||Spark Plug||Jimmy Fortune||Brian Meehan|
|2015||Third Time Lucky||Adam Beschizza||Richard Fahey|
|2014||Bronze Angel||Louis Steward||Marcus Tregoning|
|2013||Educate||Johnny Murtagh||Ismail Mohammed|
|2012||Bronze Angel||William Buick||Marcus Tregoning|
|2011||Prince of Johanne||John Fahy||Tom Tate|
2021 Cambridgeshire Handicap Betting Odds (Ante Post)
- Uncle Bryn
- Astro King
- Magical Morning
- Royal Marine
- Poet of Life
- Long Tradition
- Irish Admiral
- Majestic Dawn
- Fantastic Fox
- Dance Jupiter
- Spirit Dancer
- Raise You
- Al Rufaa
- Dejame Paso
- Breath Caught
- Maries Diamond
- Sir Rumi
- Fastnet Crown
- Bedouins Story
- Bell Rock
- Good Birthday
- Lord Neidin
- Alexander James
- Power of Darkness
- Power of States
- Neenees Choice
- Epic Endevour
- Youre Hired
- Data Protection
- Poets Lady
- Ropey Guest
- Legendary Day
- Naval Commander
- Rebel Territory
- Epic Endeavour
- Double Dealing
- Eminent Hipster
- Dream With Me
- Baltic Baron
- Jean Baptiste
- Cuban Dancer
- Tommy G
- Tiger Touch
- Trais Fluors
- Howzer Black
- Prince of Harts
- Cedar Cage
- Civil Law
- Cote dAzur
- First Dance
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