Cambridgeshire Meeting

The Cambridgeshire meeting at Newmarket Racecourse takes place in late September and carries the name of the big Autumn handicap.

The meeting lasts three days with the Cambridgeshire on the closing Saturday on a top-quality card that also features three Group races for two-year-olds.

The Cheveley Park Stakes and the Middle Park Stakes are two of the most prestigious juvenile races of the season. There are also several other significant Classic trials including the Royal Lodge Stakes and the Rockfel Stakes.

Cambridgeshire Race

Cambridgeshire Meeting Day 1

The main opening days races are as follows:

Tattersalls Stakes

The Group 3 Tattersalls Stakes is the feature race on the opening day is a seven-furlong race for two-year-old colts and geldings.

Although it has not produced a Classic winner in modern times, it has been won by Wind And Wuthering (1981), Grand Lodge (1993) and Wichita (2019) who were all placed in the 2000 Guineas.

Other high-class winners include Opening Verse (1988), Where Or When (2001) and Elarqam (2017).

Jockey Club Rose Bowl

The Rose Bowl is a listed race for three-year-olds and upwards over two miles.

The race can attract Ascot Gold Cup horses as well as providing an opportunity for high class handicappers.

John Gosden has a fine recent record in the race with four winners in the last nine seasons; Caucus (2012, 2013), Flying Officer (2015) and Face The Facts (2017).

Cambridgeshire Meeting Day 2

The second day’s races are:

Rockfel Stakes

The Rockfel Stakes is a Group 2 race for two-year-old fillies over seven furlongs.

It is named after the winner of the 1000 Guineas and Epsom Oaks in 1938.

It was part of Future Champions Day in 2011 but exchanged places in the calendar with the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile in 2014. It is a recognised trial for next season’s 1000 Guineas with Musical Bliss (1988), Lahan (1999), Speciosa (2005) and Finsceal Beo (2006) winning both races.

Joel Stakes

The Group 2 Joel Stakes is for three-year-olds and upwards over a mile.

The race was first run in 1987 as the Main Reef Stakes but later renamed in honour of the owner of that horse who passed away in 1992.

The race always attracts some high-class milers including multiple Group 1 winner Benbatl (2019) and 2000 Guineas winner Kameko (2020).

Princess Royal Stakes

The Princess Royal Stakes is a Group 3 race for fillies and mares aged three or older over a mile and a half.

John Gosden is the trainer to follow here with four winners since 2012; Gallipot (2012), Journey (2015, 2016) and Highgarden (2018).

Cambridgeshire Meeting Day 3

The third and final days races:

Cambridgeshire Handicap History & Famous winners

The Cambridgeshire Handicap is one of the last big handicaps of the season and the first leg of the Autumn Double, completed by the Cesarewitch in October.

It was first run in 1839 with victory going to Lanercost.

It is over nine furlongs on the Rowley Mile so it is more suited to ten-furlong horses than horses that excel over shorter trips.

There have been seven dual winners of the race, the most recent being Bronze Angel in 2012 and 2014.

John Gosden is the leading trainer in the history of the race with five winners; Halling (1994), Pipedreamer (2007), Tazeez (2008), Wissahickon (2018) and Lord North (2019). Halling went on to win the Group 1 Eclipse Stakes and the International Stakes for two successive seasons in 1995 and 1996.

There have been some big gambles landed in the race including Pasternak (1997) and Blue Monday (2005). However, there have also been plenty of shock results. Spanish Don won at 100-1 in 2004, Dolphin Vista was 50-1 in 2017 and Majestic Dawn provided a 40-1 shock in 2020.

Cheveley Park Stakes History & Famous winners

The Cheveley Park Stakes is a Group 1 race for two-year-old fillies over six furlongs.

The inaugural running was won by Lutetia in 1899 and it has proved a highly significant trial for the 1000 Guineas. Fillies to win both races include Waterloo (1971), Ma Biche (1982), Ravinella (1987), Sayyedati (1992) and Special Duty (2009).

French raiders have a good record here with Criquette Head-Maarek winning a record four times.

Natagora also won for Pascal Bary in 2007 before going on to win the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Aidan O’Brien won the race for three successive seasons between 2016 and 2017. Millisle continued Ireland’s domination when scoring for Jessica Harrington in 2019 before Andrew Balding’s Alcohol Free reclaimed the prize for Britain in 2020.

Middle Park Stakes History & Famous winners

The Middle Park Stakes is a Group 1 race for two-year-old colts over six furlongs.

It was part of Future Champions Day in 2011 but returned to the Cambridgeshire fixture to avoid a clash with the Dewhurst Stakes.

The race was once regarded as a 2000 Guineas trial but the last horse to win both races was Rodrigo De Triano in 1991-1992.

The emphasis is now more on speed and winners here tend to go on to races like the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot or the July Cup.

Aidan O’Brien is now the leading trainer in the history of the race with six winners; Minardi (2000), Johannesburg (2001), Ad Valorem (2004), Crusade (2011), US Navy Flag (2017) and Ten Sovereigns (2018).

Royal Lodge Stakes

The Royal Lodge Stakes is a Group 2 race for two-year-old colts and geldings over a mile.

It was originally held at Ascot racecourse but was permanently transferred to Newmarket in 2011.

The race has a rich history of producing Classic winners including Shirley Heights (1977), Benny The Dip (1996) and Frankel (2010).

Best Trainers & Jockeys at Cambridgeshire Meeting

John Gosden is the trainer to follow at the Cambridgeshire meeting. He is usually strongly represented in the top races for three-year-olds and upwards and often sets one aside for the Cambridgeshire Handicap.

Aidan O’Brien targets the top juvenile races and rarely leaves Newmarket empty-handed.

Jockeys to excel at this meeting include Frankie Dettori and William Buick.

Betting on Cambridgeshire Meeting 2021

The Cambridgeshire Handicap is one of the most competitive handicaps of the season and a particularly tricky one for punters.

The race attracts a maximum field and the draw can have a significant impact, particularly in soft ground.

Bookmakers offer enhanced place terms on the race, Skybet paying out down to eighth place in 2020 – with many also offering best odds guaranteed!

There are also some exciting offers for new customers including special odds on the favourites in the top two-year-old races.

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Summary of The Cambridgeshire Meeting

The Newmarket Cambridgeshire meeting gains momentum on the opening two days before a thrilling finale on Saturday, held on the Rowley Mile course at Newmarket. 

The Cambridgeshire can be a minefield for punters but there can be some good value bets in races like the Cheveley Park and Royal Lodge with a view to next year’s Classic races.

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