Who will win The Cambridgeshire?
The Cambridgeshire is a handicap ran over one mile one furlong at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Course. The race was first run in 1839, with a horse called Lanercost taking the spoils that afternoon.
The race also forms one half of an intriguing and very demanding double with the Cesarewitch Handicap. Both races were inaugurated in the same year, with the Cesarewitch run over two miles two furlongs at the same course only two weeks later. The difficulty of winning both races in the same season is highlighted by the fact that only three horses have managed to achieve the feat since their inauguration in 1839. The most recent horse to achieve this was Plaisanterie in 1885, so as the stats show, the double is no walk in the park!
The race also poses an interesting challenge to those of us who like to have a little bet. This year 35 horses will start the race and with this many runners, trying to pick the winner can be like finding a needle in a haystack. An interesting point to take into consideration, when picking your winner, is that of the past 20 renewals of the race, 11 of the winners have been priced 10-1 or bigger with the 2004 winner Spanish Don romping home at 100-1. What a day that must have been for the lucky people who won some money on him!
One of the many contenders for the cavalry charge at the weekend is the James Toller-trained Rewarded. Here's leading lady rider Kirsty Milczarek on the prospects of her mount:
Although there is great speculation as to which horse might win, what is under no uncertainty is that watching 35 horses charge down the Rowley Mile will be a sight not to be missed.
If you fancy heading to Newmarket to watch the Cambridgeshire in person (the day has an added bonus with Frankel galloping before racing), CLICK HERE to purchase tickets. Otherwise the race will be broadcast live on Channel 4 at 3.40.
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