The final day of the Cambridgeshire Festival is headlined by it’s namesake, as well as several Group One races and a BC Win and You’re In race for the two year old colts and geldings. Lots of unravel over the Rowley Mile this Saturday with the Group One Cheveley Park and the Middle Park Stakes. Some very talented two year olds take center stage on the early parts of the card, leading up to the prestigious Cambridgeshire Handicap, a race that currently offers 37 entries(with 2 reserves). The future stars will shine today and maybe even book their way to a Breeders’ Cup in one month’s time!
Newmarket – First Post: 8:15 AM ET
Race 1: 7-6-2
Race 2: 3-6-5 (GII Royal Lodge Stakes) – BC Win and You’re In – Juvenile Turf
Race 3: 13-8-6 (GI Cheveley Park Stakes)
Race 4: 6-4-7 (GI Middle Park Stakes)
Race 5: 15-10-29 (Cambridgeshire Handicap)
Race 6: 7-10-11
Race 7: 13-12-8
Race 8: 6-3-1
Race 2 – #3 – Masekela – After a couple strong efforts finally captured that elusive stakes victory in the Denford Stakes LTO at Newbury. Has form around some pretty talented runners so far, defeating Bayside Boy in that last start, who came back to beat a very promising Reach For The Moon. As well, was beaten only a nose two back by Native Trail who won the GI Vincent O’Brien National Stakes as well. Will be stepping up to the mile but won’t be much of an issue, by El Kabeir, a sire who we would be familiar with in the states as a decent miler. Masekela is also a half-brother to Asoof who finished 2nd in the GII Cape Verdi at Meydan over the mile and could get further.
Race 3 – #13 – Zain Claudette – Winner of three straight and back to back in Group stakes company, Zain Claudette has been ridden extremely well by young jockey Ray Dawson so far. Continues the step up in grade and gets back to a course where she broke her maiden decisively back in June. Has that speed she will need from her Speightstown influence and should be a big chance against the likes of Sacred Bridge and Sandrine, who she beat last time out in the Lowther at York.
Race 4 – #6 – Go Bears Go – Was defeated for the first time when Ebro River controlled the GI Phoenix Stakes on the front end back in early August. Considering I still thought this son of young sire Kodi Bear ran very well and did not damage his reputation from his impressive performances in the Railway Stakes as well as at Royal Ascot. Expecting him to get back to his winning ways here and at 8/1 this runner is exceptional value.
Race 5 – #15 – Montather – This Shadwell runner will, like the rest of the field, need a clean trip in the cavalry charge that is the Cambridgeshire Handicap. After two lackluster performances at Doncaster and York, Montather will get back to a track he is familiar with as well as with a slight cutback in distance. Despite winning his first start over the mile and a quarter back in June, I think this galloper will fit much better at the mile and an eighth. In a field of great value all around, Montather has a big chance to improve and be the best of that value to be had.
Race 6 – #7 – Morag McCullagh – First timer for Michael Bell and jockey Callum Shephard has a lot of reason to be a strong two year old based on pedigree. By the speedy Australian stallion Exceed And Excel out of the mare Whazzat, who only had one stakes win but it came in the Chesham Stakes over this distance. As well, she is a half-sister to James Garfield, another runner who had great success at two winning the GII Mill Reef and placing in the GIII Acomb Stakes. Looks to be decent value in the market and the pedigree gives a great chance to see early success.