Cambridgeshire Festival Betting at 21.co.uk
The leaves might be starting to fall from the trees, and the weather may be getting colder, but that doesn’t mean the horse racing stops. Here at 21.co.uk, we’re gearing up for the final big races of the flat season with the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe from Longchamp, and Champions Day at Ascot firmly on our radar. But first, we’ve got the Cambridgeshire Festival at Newmarket.
Here at 21.co.uk, we’ll be keeping our ear to the ground so that we can bring our horse racing fans everything they need to know about the meeting at Newmarket and which horses to look out for in the big races. We’ll also have the latest odds available on-site, so you’ll never miss a race, and you'll even be able to place your bets from our site directly from the course. If you’re looking for the best place to back the festival favourites or the race longshots, we’ve got the latest horse racing betting odds, so head over to the 21.co.uk betting markets where you’ll be able to pick out the top chances for each day of the meeting.
Cambridgeshire Festival Betting Tips
Thursday Betting Tips
2.25 - Nursery Handicap - Love Destiny - 11/2
4.10 - Rose Bowl Stakes - Hasanbad - 10/1
Friday Betting Tips
3.00 - Shadwell Rockfell Stakes - Festival Day - 9/2
3:35 - Shadwell Joel Stakes - Zaaki - 6/1
Trainers in-form at Newmarket
Heading into the final weeks of the flat season every trainer will have a goal in mind of which races they’d like to win and take part in. The Cambridgeshire Meeting is one of the highlight meetings in September, so you’ll need to watch out for the in-form trainers sending their top handicappers to the track.
When it comes to form at the Newmarket track, and indeed anywhere, John Gosden is the man of the moment. Picking up Group One races like they’re going out of fashion, at 21.co.uk we’re in no doubt he’ll have some of the big guns in his arsenal primed for Newmarket. His form at the course for the last three seasons speaks in abundance. With an 18% strike-rate, which he has amassed from a total of 60 winners and 131 place finishes, he will be looking to add to that total across the three-day meeting.
Based just a stone's throw from Newmarket as a trainer for Godolophin, it's no wonder Appleby has an impressive win ratio at the course. Picking up 69 victories on the course over the last three years, it looks as though he’ll have a few chances to increase his 27.71% strike-rate this weekend.
A name synonymous with hard-fought victories, Mark Johnston bring his Yorkshire flair to every racecourse his visits and more often than not manages to pick up a winner or two during festivals just like this one. He has a 16.68% strike-rate at Newmarket and with handicaps being the name of the game here the Middleham-based trainer is certainly one to watch.
History of the Cambridgeshire Festival
Racing in the town of Newmarket was first recorded when King James I was sitting on the English throne, although the course itself wasn't founded until 1636, almost 400 years of history is not to be ignored. Established in 1839, the Cambridgeshire Handicap was founded alongside the Cesarewitch and became known as the ‘Autumn Double’ with the races now held within two weeks of each other.
Although the Cambridgeshire Handicap is the main highlight of the meeting, punters who head down to the course will be treated to three days of racing. The opening day is packed full of listed races, with Shadwell Day (Day 2), playing host to two Group 2 contests including the Rockfel Stakes, and the final day is where you’ll see the Group Ones including the Cheveley Park Stakes and Middle Park Stakes.
Newmarket Racecourse Guide
Situated just outside the town known as the racing headquarters of Great Britain, Newmarket has two courses which are only used during the flat season, the Rowley Mile and the July Course. Both are used during different times of the season, with the Rowley Mile in April and May before the main racing action switches to the July Course during the summer months before reverting back to the Rowley Mile for the autumn meetings.
Playing host to the first two classic races of the season, the 1000 and 2000 Guineas in May each year, the course is also the home to the July Cup and Falmouth Stakes, as well as two of the biggest handicaps of the flat season; the Cambridgeshire and the Cesarewitch in October.
The course is run right-handed, but it’s not the traditional shape punters would expect to see from a racecourse as it's designed in an L shape. The Rowley Mile course is two and a half miles long, with an impressive ten-furlong run in, so stamina is definitely the key here. A wide track, it suits those who enjoy a good gallop, and the uphill finish is ideal for horses who have a long stride and who won’t commit to the front too early.
Where Can I Watch the Cambridgeshire Festival?
If you’re lucky enough to have a ticket for the Festival, the best vantage point you’ll find to see the final stages of a race is the premier enclosure. But if you have to watch from the comfort of your own home, ITV will feature the concluding two days of the festival so you’ll never miss a piece of the action.
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