WA 50-1 winner and two others at 40-1 in the last five years, Cambridgeshire has re-emphasized his status as the most unpredictable Flat handicap of the season and punters will go into the final renewal at Newmarket on Saturday with high hopes of a another twist to boost their results.
Mujtaba, a son of Dubawi from the William Haggas stable, heads the market at around 5-1 but failed to justify a similarly small price in a 22-runner Lincoln Handicap in March and looks agonizingly short in the betting against the 28 hardy opponents on Saturday.
Haggas’ challenge is backed by Protagonist, the second favourite, who beat Dual Identity – also fancied for Saturday’s race – by less than a length in a well-run race at Sandown in August. Both drop from 10 to nine here, though, and also have single-digit draws, which hasn’t been a positive in recent seasons.
Ouzo, which has been knocking on the door in similar races for much of the year, is an interesting time-to-time option at around 40-1 with companies offering seven places, but Electric Storm (3.40)top priced at 16-1 at early odds, he appeals as a more likely winner.
This nine-furlong trip looks ideal for Saeed bin Suroor’s runner, who won a strong race at York in June over a similar distance before running slowly over a mile at Haydock last time.
The Curragh 1.35 Continuous could be the choice of Aidan O’Brien’s two runners as he goes for a 12th straight win in this Group Two contest.
Newmarket 1.50 Its visual impression Flying Honors’ A five-and-a-half-length success at Salisbury in August was backed by a strong year and it will be disappointing if he can’t maintain his progressive form here.
Haydock 2.05 Montasib he should have good pace to aim for and could still be competitive from his last mark.
Newmarket 2.25 Trillium she has made great strides forward in every run since her debut in June and produced her best performance to pip The Platinum Queen – runner-up Nunthorpe – in the Flying Childers at Doncaster earlier this month. That form should make her at least a joint favorite for this one with Aidan O’Brien’s Meditate, and early odds of around 5-2 are certainly worth it.
Haydock 2.40 It’s hard to rule anything out in this sprint handicap, but The thin blue line remains in form and should appreciate this drop back to minimum travel.
Newmarket 3.00 A strong renewal of the Middle Park Stakes in which Magical mayhem could be the value bet at around 3-1. Charlie Appleby, who had a number of potential contenders for this race in his yard, has brought it steadily after his win at Goodwood in July and showed an impressive burst of finishing speed to sweep the field in a Group Three at Kempton last time .
The Curragh 3.20 A seven-figure pot for graduates of last year’s Orby sale, with Hell fancied following a recent Tipperary win when Greenland, second favorite for Royal Lodge at Newmarket earlier in the afternoon, was among the successful.
Commissioning for the glory of Guinea
The assignment topped the ante-post charts for next year’s 1,000 Guineas after maintaining her unbeaten record with a classy performance in the Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket on Friday.
Always traveling strong, Commissioning quickly kicked into gear once he popped the question and didn’t really look in any danger when he left the chase, and Paddy Power cut the opener to 6-1 from 16-1 for the Friends Classic, making their second favorite behind Dermot Weld’s Tahiyra by 3-1.
The John Gosden-trained winner is the market leader at 7-4 (from 7-2) with the same company to further strengthen her Classic credentials in the Fillies’ Mile back at Newmarket on October 7 – a race she won last year her brilliant constant Inspired.
John Gosden said: “We wanted to give her time after her debut as she was getting older and not robust. He had trained well in this race so we decided to wait this out rather than go for May Hill.
“Frankie [Dettori] he was amazed with her on debut, he couldn’t pull her up but she was just getting going, same today when he hit the rising ground. The extra distance will help her a lot.
“The Fillies Mile is coming up fast, but we’ll see how it goes. It doesn’t need to run again, but it’s close to home and we wouldn’t have to travel. If she’s happy and well, we’ll take a look.
“Either we wait for the Guineas or think about the Breeders’ Cup Invitational, which we did with another one who won this [Juliet Capulet] who did not stay – this will surely be done.’ PA Media