Cambridgeshire Meeting 2022: Weekend ones to watch

Cambridgeshire Meeting 2022: Weekend ones to watch

With autumn now dawned, the final weeks on the Flat season are upon us and Newmarket is this week’s centre of attention, with the Cambridgeshire Meet on the Rowley Mile.

After opening day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday’s races are stacked, with some very well-backed favourites and some rather longer but intriguing horses that could do very well. Who might you consider backing across the remaining two days in Suffolk? Here are our tips.

Crystal Caprice, Rosemary Stakes – 7/4 (Friday, 13:50)

We start off with Friday’s opener, the Rosemary Stakes and look to the set favourite Crystal Caprice. A horse we backed at Glorious Goodwood, the 3yo seeks a fourth win on the spin. 

Again a comfortable winner at Ascot last time out, Sir Michael Stoute’s ride has been a dominant figure of late and we cannot see a reason not to back Caprice again, comfortable as she is with the favourites’ tag. Could be pushed by Jim Crowley and Zanbaq but electric over 1m, should be a very able winner with Ryan Moore in tow at 7/4.

Voodoo Queen, Dubai Stakes – 11/1 (Friday, 14:25) 

The Dubai Stakes that follow will see Sea Silk Road and Eternal Pearl likely go off as favourites – the latter having won the last three also – but our fancy might just go with Voodoo Queen. 

Though fifth last time out, has won at Newmarket already this season and a bigger sell is the scintillating form of trainer Roger Varian who had a stunning time at Ayr last weekend. Will need good ground – always a lottery at this stage of the season – but an 11/1 shot, the 3yo looks good.

Lezoo, Cheveley Park Stakes – 6/1 (Saturday, 14:25)

The Cheveley Park on Saturday also catches the eye, not least Lezoo. Winner of the Keeneland Stakes over Kinta at Ascot in July, the filly has been beaten into second only once. That was here at Newmarket, but that itself was on the back of a win on the same course only weeks earlier. 

With Will Buick on board for the first time here, though the Norwegian-Brit has had a rather chequered season, Lezoo and Buick is a team enough to back at a decent 6/1 price.

Totally Charming, Cambridgeshire Handicap – 10/1 (Saturday, 15:40)

With 22 runners set to go in the main event of the meet, this will be a big betting race but its outcome is not such the lottery over 1m1f. So who to back? Mujtaab? Protagonist?

Totally Charming is our punt. Winner on Derby weekend at Epsom in early June, has put together two other winners this year. A chastening ninth at Royal Ascot, a first outing here for three months could see some rust and will need to make a late dash to feature. With that said, Buick can get the best from the gelding at a solid 10/1 value.

Author: Carolyn Horton