At this time of the flat season, attention often switches to predicting the outcome of the autumn double handicaps, the Cambridgeshire and the Cesarewitch.
Both races usually attract large fields and such is the entry for Saturday’s first leg that the ‘Silver Cambridgeshire’ is available on Friday for those horses failing to secure a starting place in the feature race.
Saturday’s antepost favourite Top Notch Tonto (pictured) is likely to run after 24 withdrawals and is best priced at 12/1 with Coral. Winner of a Group 3 event last time, he is not without a chance off a relatively low weight, while another of the favourites Ascription needs ease in the ground and is offered at 12/1 by Paddy Power.
One horse most definitely expected to line-up is the Ismail Mohammed trained Educate on whom Johnny Murtagh is expected to ride. An unlucky loser when third in a 1m 2f handicap at Haydock in August, the four year old was not disgraced when fifth in the Betfair Celebration Mile at Goodwood later in the month. He is quoted at 16/1 by William Hill for Saturdays
Another interesting contender is Queensberry Rules with Ryan Moore booked to ride. The William Haggas trained horse will probably appreciate the 1m 1f distance of this race and was a very close sixth in a competitive handicap at York in August over a mile. Ladbrokes offer him at 16/1 for what will only be his seventh career start.
Chapter Seven returned to form with a narrow defeat over 1m 2f last weekend at Newbury and this furlong shorter may be appreciated with the bonus of J P Spencer hired in the saddle. He is being offered at 20/1 by Boylesports while Gabrial The Great has enjoyed a consistent season with only one placing outside the first four and BetVictor offer him at 20/1.
As ever in such a competitive field, there is always the possibility of an outsider claiming the prize and Dermot Weld may be sending over Tandem to contest this handicap. He has earned three wins from eight starts but has yet to race outside of Ireland. Weld rarely wastes a visit to England and BetVictor quote him at 25/1.
Aside from the Cambridgeshire, the Sun Chariot Stakes on the same day appears to have attracted a quality field with 1,000 Guineas winner Sky Lantern leading the market at 9/4 with Sporting Bet.
The Richard Hannon trained horse did not appear to be suited by the 1m 2f of the Goodwood Nassau Stakes when finishing fifth and the return to a mile will be in her favour.
She will be opposed by Elusive Kate who disappointed in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville in a field containing some of the best milers in Europe. Having narrowly defeated Sky Lantern at Newmarket in the summer, she is 11/4 at Totesport to confirm superiority with the favourite and improve on last season’s second place in this race.
Integral is unbeaten over a mile but is unproven at Group 1 level while Just the Judge needs to revert back to her early season form after a tame performance in early August in the Nassau stakes.
Both the Sun Chariot and the Cambridgeshire are part of good supporting card during three days of racing on the Rowley Mile course at Newmarket.
Sun Chariot Stakes
10pts Elusive Kate to win 11/4 at Totesport