It’s the Cambridgeshire Handicap at Newmarket, 35 runners in the race over the unusual distance of 9 furlongs. As I eluded to in mid week I’m expecting the prize to be brought home on the wings of an Angel. And just to make sure I’ve got it right, I’m adding another two to my bow today.
With 35 runners spread across the Newmarket racecourse, it seems silly to just fire one arrow at the bookies satchel. I’ve never been afraid to back 3 or 4 horses at decent prices on a sliding scale betting structure to maximise profits. And so it is today my brethren that I say unto you, go forth and find an angel.
We have already recruited Ingleby Angel at the price of 50/1 and today we are going to turn back time and add the 2012 winner Bronze Angel to the team. Clearly after winning here 2 years ago, this horse had problems as he missed all of last season up to this race. He couldn’t possibly perform as well as he had the year before. This season, he has recaptured that old form and ran out a good winner at York following a very promising run at Royal Ascot. He remains in good heart and was only just touched off last time at Doncaster in another decent handicap. We know he likes this course, trip, going, day etc and his trainer has a really good record in this race. You’ve just got to pray that those angel wings are flapping fast.
In keeping with the celestial theme, I’m also going to throw in (Angel) Gabriel’s Kaka. This horse won the Spring Mile at Newbury earlier in the season. A small matter of a 24 runner straight mile on good going, very similar standard of race and race conditions as the Cambridgeshire. He benefited from a rare good ride from Spencer that day and clearly has his quirks. Following that win, he was quite well fancied for the Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot but had no chance from his draw. His subsequent run at Sandown puts him in here well off with Velox who is half of the price. I believe the best is yet to come from this horse and with a decent jockey in Pat Smullen booked for the ride he should go well.
As always in these cavalry charges, the draw and the pace of the race will have a massive effect. I’m hoping that all the jockeys just stay where they are drawn and don’t chop and change course positions as that never works.
So there you have it I don’t care which of the 3 selections win but I’m confident that the Cambridgeshire will be brought home at roughly 4.00pm today on the wings of an angel.
Finally, I must also say well done to TGL on the birth of number 4 child and number 3 son, Harry. If there were medals for pregnancy related performances, she’d get one. A Usain Bolt style labour is all I can say! Go me.
27th September – Cambridgeshire Handicap Selections – 3.50pm Newmarket
Bronze Angel @ 20/1 with Racebets
Gabriel’s Kaka @ 25/1 with Racebets
2 pts ew Ingleby Angel at 50/1 with Racebets