Newmarket Cambridgeshire Meeting 2020 Betting Offers
Newmarket plays host to two classics each year in May, the 1000 and 2000 Guineas, although it is easy to forget that the course is steeped in history and prestige and as the home of the Jockey Club itself the course has a whole host of high profile flat meetings throughout the year.
The Cambridgeshire Meeting held at the end of September each year is one such example. The three day event sees 7 high profile group races, two listed races and the prestigious Cambridgeshire Heritage handicap, after which the meeting is names, that has been running since 1839. This is part of the autumn double with the Cesarwitch handicap (established in the same year), run in two weeks time the future champions meeting.
All races are run on the Rowley mile course, this is a meeting of fast racing with the average distance of each race being around 1 miles. Most of the high profile races are live on ITV, which mean you can take advantage of the many televisied racing offers. We’ve compiled the best deals below to hopefully help you get the best out of your Cambridgeshire meeting bets.
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About The Meeting
The Cambridgeshire Meeting that takes place at Newmarket every year is perhaps as closely associated with the Beer Festival that runs at the same time as it as it is the racing that takes place on the course. Most of the people having a sip of a locally brewed ale will have more than half an eye on the racing, though, given the excitement and importance of the meeting.
The meeting takes place over three days, with each of those days offering at least one standout race. There the Tattersalls Stakes on Day 1, for example, which is a Group 3 race for 2-year-olds run over 7 furlongs. There are a number on Day 2, but the Shadwell Joel Stakes is arguably the most prestigious. The same is true on Day 3, which plays host to 2 of the 9 Group 1 events that you can watch at Newmarket over the year.
Cambridgeshire Meeting Racecard 2019
The Cambridgeshire Meeting might not boast quite the same reputation as other flat racing events like Royal Ascot, but don’t let that trick you into thinking it doesn’t offer anything worth watching. With four Group races not including the 2 Group 1s on Day 3 and 3 Listed events as well as a Heritage Handicap race, there’s plenty to enjoy here.
Day 3 is definitely the standout one, traditionally taking place on a Saturday and welcoming the great and good from the world of flat horse racing. Yet both Day 1 and Day 2 have something to offer and you’ll be keen to take advantage of them both.
All of the feature races of the weekend are looked at in more detail further down this page, but here’s a look at each of the day’s racecards.
Day One (Cambridgeshire Thursday) – 24th September 2020
|1:50||EBF Maiden Stakes||Class 4 – Plus 10||1m|
|2:25||Nursery Handicap||Class 2||1m|
|3:00||Fillies’ Handicap||Class 2||6f|
|3:35||Tattersalls Stakes||Group 3||7f|
|4:10||Rose Bowl Stakes||Listed||2m|
|4:45||Weatherbys Handiap||Class 2||1m 4f|
|5:20||Molson Coors Handicap||Class 3||1m|
|5:50||Newmarket Challenge Whip Handicap||Class 4||1m 2f|
KEY: m – Mile(s), f – furlong(s), y – yards
There might not be all that many Group races on Day 1 of the meeting, with only one on offer, but there are enough interesting races to mean that you shouldn’t just dismiss it out of hand. It’s one of the final flat racing meetings of the season, so the best trainers want to bring their horses to see if they can squeeze just one more win out of them before their saddles are hung up for the winter.
Registered as the Sommerville Tattersall Stakes but known simply as the Tattersall Stakes, the main race of the day is a Group 3, Class 1 offering for 2-year-olds colts and geldings. Run over 7 furlongs, it’s named in honour of Edmund Somerville Tattersall from the famous bloodstock auctioneers. Precious winners include the likes of Wind and Wuthering, Salse and Opening Verse.
There are another 7 races to be run before the day is over, so don’t start packing your stuff up just because the Sommerville is over. The longest race of the day is the Jockey Club Rose Bowl, which takes place over 2 miles and is limited to 3-year-olds. The Newmarket Challenge Whip Handicap sees the day out, being for horses aged 3 and over and lasting for 1 mile and 2 furlongs.
Day Two (Shadwell Day) – 25th September 2020
|2:25||Princess Royal Stakes||Group 3||1m 4f|
|3:00||Shadwell Rockfel Stakes||Group 2||7f|
|3:35||Shadwell Joel Stakes||Group 2||1m|
|4:10||EBF Maiden Stakes||Class 4 – Plus 10||7f|
|4:45||Godolphin Stakes||Listed||1m 4f|
|5:20||Shadwell Farm Handicap||Class 2||1m 1f|
Often referred to as Shadwell Day because the Group 2 Shadwell Joel Stakes takes place in the middle of, Day 2 of the Cambridgeshire Meeting loses a race in comparison to Day 1 but increases the quality. That’s because there are three more Group races on offer in the form of the Princess Royal Stakes, the Rockfell Stakes and the aforementioned Shadwell Joel Stakes.
It’s not all serious racing on Day 2, though. Before the racing proper gets underway there’s the Shetland Pony Grand National Team Flat Race, which takes place on the course and is good fun for everyone involved. There’s also the Godolphin Stakes, which is for horses aged 3 and over and is often very competitive. Even so, it’s ultimately just an amuse bouche ahead of the final day’s proceedings.
Day Three (Juddmonte Day) – 26th September 2020
|1:50||Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes||Group 2||1m|
|2:25||Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes||Group 1||6f|
|3:00||Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes||Group 1||6f|
|3:40||Cambridgeshire Handicap||Class 2 – Heritage Handicap||1m 1f|
|4:15||Maiden Fillies’ Stakes||Class 2 – Plus 10||7f|
|4:50||EBF “Jersey Lily” Fillies’ Nursery Handicap||Class 2||7f|
|5:25||Newmarket Handicap||Class 2||7f|
The final day of the meeting is known as Juddmonte Day thanks to sponsorship by Juddmonte. The day generally tends to be named after whichever company has sponsored it, but it’s been Juddmonte Day for some time now thanks to its association with Juddmonte Farms.
Given that Newmarket hosts just nine Group 1 races during the entire year and two of them are held on day 3 of the Cambridgeshire Meeting, you can see why so many people think it’s a day full of prestige.
Those Group 1 races are the Cheveley Park Stakes and the Middle Park Stakes, with the races bookmarked by two other notable events. First comes the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes and then is the Cambridgeshire Heritage Handicap. That’s also the longest race of the day, lasting for 1 mile and 1 furlong, just pipping the 1 mile Royal Lodge Stakes.
Whilst the entire meeting offers plenty to enjoy, there’s no question that there are some standout races that offer just a little bit more excitement and, that word again, prestige than the others.
Here’s a look at them all:
Tattersalls Stakes (Group 3)
Let’s start by looking at the first Group race of the meeting, the Group 3 Somerville Tattersall Stakes. It’s often referred to simply as the Tattersall Stakes and was named in honour of one of the famous bloodstock auctioneers most senior partners, Edmund Somerville Tattersall. When the current grading for races was introduced in the 1970s it was decided that this was a Listed race, not gaining its Group 3 title until 2000.
Run over 7 furlongs on the Rowley Mile, the race is open to colts and gelding aged 2. The weight information for this race is that it’s 9 stone, with Group 1 and Group 2 race winners given a 5 pound penalty and Group 3 race winners given a penalty of 3 pounds.
As is often the case with flat races, the people that have done well in it in previous years are no longer involved in the sport in any meaningful way. Pat Eddery won the race six times between 1977 and 2003 as a jockey, whilst Henry Cecil has five wins to his name as a trainer. Some of flat racing’s most famous jockeys have been on the winner’s podium at various times in the past, however, including Willie Carson, Richard Hughes and Lester Piggott.
Henry Cecil might have won the race more times than any other trainer but there’s a few names running him close. Michael Stoute has won it three times, for example, and Richard Hannon Senior and his son have won it four times between them. Aidan O’Brien has also notched up a couple of wins to date.
In terms of what to watch after you’ve observed this race, horses that do well in often go on to be competitive Dewhurst Stakes or the Racing Post Trophy. Peter Davies is a horse who won this and then the Trophy, achieving the feat in 1990. Milk It Mick, meanwhile, won this and the Dewurst Stakes in 2003.
Rose Bowl Stakes (Listed)
There is a similarly named race that is run at Newbury in July, but this Listed race is organised by the Jockey Club and named accordingly. It’s run over 2 miles on a right-handed L and is for horses aged 3 and up. The following weight information applies:
- 3-year-olds: 8 stone 7 pounds
- 4-year-olds: 9 stone 1 pound
- Fillies and mares receive a 5 pound allowance
- Group 1 and Group 2 race winners get a penalty of 7 pounds
- Group 3 race winners get a penalty of 5 pounds
- Listed race winners get a penalty of 3 pound
Originally run at Ascot as the Fenwolf Stakes in 2003, it was moved over to Newmarket and renamed in 2011. Caucus is the only horse to have won it more than once to date, doing so in 2012 and 2013. William Buick leads the way as far as jockeys are concerned, though Frankie Dettori is not far behind him. The wins of Caucus came on the back of John Gosden’s training, making him the event’s leading trainer.
Rosemary Stakes (Listed)
Another Listed race, the Rosemary Stakes is limited to mares and fillies. Horses can be 3 or older to take part in the race, which is run over 1 mile and took place for the first time in 1991. Back then it was a Listed Handicap and took place at Ascot, getting its move to Newmarket the following year and having the handicap removed.
Despite the fact that it’s open to horses aged 3 and up, no horse has won it more than once. The likes of Michael Roberts and Frankie Dettori are jockeys that have won it more than once, but Richard Hills leads the way on that front with four wins to his name. Equally a couple of trainers have won it more than once but William Haggas is the leading trainer at the time of writing.
Princess Royal Stakes (Group 3)
It’s fair to say that this race has enjoyed a somewhat confusing life. There was already a race known as the Princess Royal Stakes that took place at Ascot and was a Group 3 offering. It was moved to Newmarket in 2008 when it was given the new title of the Pride Stakes and the Harvest Stakes at Ascot become the Princess Royal Stakes. The Pride Stakes was then returned to Ascot as the British Champions Fillies’ and Mares’ Stakes and the ‘new’ Princess Royal Stakes was moved back to Newmarket. Follow that?
The race takes place on a right-handed L track and is run over 1 mile and 4 furlongs. It’s limited to fillies and mares aged 3 and up, with 3 year olds given a weight of 8 stone, 10 pounds and 4-year-olds 9 stone and 3 pounds. Any Group 1 winners are handed a 7 pound penalty, whilst Group 2 winners get a 5 pound penalty and Group 3 winners a penalty of 3 pounds.
It’s been a Group 3 race since 2017, but when you consider that it’s only been in existence in its current form since 2007 that’s not that long to wait. At the time of writing the only horse that has won the race twice is Journey, who did so in 2015 and 2016. She also won the British Champions Fillies’ and Mares’ Stakes in the latter of those two years.
Frankie Dettori, Richard Hughes, Ryan Moore and William Buick have all won the race more than once as jockeys. Michael Stoute also has his name on the ‘won it more than once’ list for trainers, though it’s John Gosden who has trained more winners than anyone else, including the two victories for Journey.
Rockfel Stakes (Group 2)
Limited to 2-year-old fillies with a weight of 9 stone, there’s a 3 pound penalty in place in this race for horses that have won Group 1 or Group 2 races, It’s run over 7 furlongs on the Rowley Mile is named in honour of a filly who won two of the Classics in 1938. It was run for the first time in 1981 when Top Hope won it.
It was made into a Listed race four years after its establishment, shifting up to Group 2 in 1998. It was made part of Future Champions Day in 2011 but then shifted to its current place as part of the Cambridgeshire Meeting in 2014, swapping places with the Fillies’ Mile. It is now part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge, with winners of the receive being granted a starting berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf.
Because it’s only for 2-year-olds, no horse has ever won it more than once. The same can’t be said for jockeys, with both Michael Hills and Frankie Dettori setting the pace for victories. Similarly trainers are allowed to enter it multiple times and the likes of Aidan O’Brien and John Gosden have done just that, winning several times apiece. It’s Barry Hills who leads the way for trainers, though, achieving victory in this race four times to date.
Joel Stakes (Group 2)
Run on the Rowley Mile over a mile, the Joel Stakes is a Group 2 race for horses aged 3 and over. The following weight information is at play:
- 3-year-olds: 9 stone
- 4-year-olds and over: 9 stone 4 pounds
- Fillies and mares receive a 3 pound allowance
- Group 1 winners get a 5 pound penalty
- Group 2 winners get a 3 pound penalty
Originally limited to 3-year-olds and run over 1 mile 2 furlongs, the race was named in honour of Main Reef, a horse owned by Jim Joel. It was made into a Listed race in 1989 when it was opened to horses older than 3. Jim Joel died in 1992 and two years later it was decided that the name should be named after him rather than one of his horses.
Made a Group 3 race in 2003 and then a Group 2 race eight years later, no horse has been able to win it more than once. The same cannot be said of jockeys, however, with Michael Hills, Michael Kinane and Ryan Moore all managing three wins at the time of writing. The likes of Aidan O’Brien, David O’Meara and Saeed bin Suroor have all managed more than one victory as a trainer, but it’s Michael Stoute that leads the way on that front.
Previous winners include the likes of Indian Lodge, who won it with the Darley Stakes in 1999 and then won the Earl of Sefton Stakes, amongst others, the following year. Intikhab won this and the Queen Anne Stakes in 1998, whilst Creachadoir matched his win in 2007 with wins in the Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial and the Tetrarch Stakes.
Godolphin Stakes (Listed)
A Listed race for horses aged 3 and over, the Godolphin Stakes is run over 1 mile and 4 furlongs. That makes it one of the longer races for a flat racing meeting. At the time of writing no horse has won it more than once, though one of the best-known winners was Storming Home. He won this in 2002, the same year as the Champion Stakes, but went down in history when he was disqualified from the Arlington Million the following year.
William Buick and Michael Hills have both got three wins to their names as jockeys, but this is Frankie Dettori’s race. The diminutive Italian has stood on the winners’ podium for it five times to date. Luca Cumani and John Dunlop have notched up more than one win as trainers, as have Saeed bin Suroor, Michael Stoute and Marcus Tregoning. It’s Barry Hills that has won more races as trainer than anyone else, however.
Royal Lodge Stakes (Group 2)
Named after the Royal residence in Windsor Great Park, the Royal Lodge Stakes was first run at Ascot in 1946. It’s a Group 2 offering that is run over a mile on the Rowley Mile and is limited to 2-year-old colts and geldings. The weight is 9 stone, with Group 1 and 2 race winners receiving a penalty of 3 pounds.
It wasn’t always that way, though. When the race was created it was run over 5 furlongs and horses of any gender could enter. It had its length extended to a mile two years after its inauguration and wasn’t limited to colts and geldings until 1987. It received its debut at Newmarket in 2005 when Ascot was undergoing redevelopment and then moved permanently in 2011.
On occasion the race has been included in the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series, meaning that the winner of it gets an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. Winners in recent times have included Jukebox Jury, who won it in 2008 and then went on to win the likes of the Grand Prix de Deauville, the Jockey Club Stakes and the Irish St. Leger. The remarkable Frankel also won this race, doing so in 2010 before winning the Dewhurst Stakes, the 2,000 Guineas and the Queen Anne Stakes.
Lester Piggott won eight races as a jockey, with Noel Murless winning the same number as a trainer. The pair shared some crossover winners, such as Pinched in 1957, and some that weren’t linked. Frankie Dettori has also enjoyed numerous victories as a jockey, with Aidan O’Brien and Henry Cecil giving Murless a run for his money in the modern era.
Cheverley Park Stakes (Group 1)
The first of the Group 1 races we’re looking at is the Cheveley Park Stakes, which was inaugurated in 1899. It was named in honour of an estate that was bought by horse race owner and Conservative politician Henry McCalmont seven years prior. This is a race to watch if you’re looking for bets to place on the 1,000 Guineas next season. Both Special Duty and Pretty Polly are examples of horses that have won both events.
The race is run over 6 furlongs on the Rowley Mile and is open to 2-year-old fillies. The weight is 9 stone and obviously no horse has won it more than once. Sir Gordon Richards notched up nine wins in this event between 1928 and 1953, whilst both Alex Taylor Junior and Criquette Head-Maarek have won it four times as trainers. Notable former winners include Gay Gallanta, Donna Blini and Lumiere.
Gay Gallanta won this race in the same year that she won the Queen Mary Stakes at Ascot, whilst Donna Blini had won the Cherry Hinton Stakes, now known as the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes, earlier in the season at Newmarket before winning this one. Lumiere, meanwhile, won this race in 2015 and then won at Newmarket again the following year when he was successful in the Sir Henry Cecil Stakes
Middle Park Stakes (Group 1)
The second Group 1 offering is the Middle Park Stakes, which was the idea of William Blenkiron who named it after his stud that he had at Eltham. Originally entitled the Middle Park Plate, it was open to horses of any sex and was only restricted to just colts in 1987. It was shifted to become part of Future Champions Day in 2011 and then returned to the Cambridgeshire Meeting four years later because of a clash with the Dewhurst Stakes, which was seen as being too similar..
It enjoyed a brief stint as part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge in 2012, giving winners an automatic berth in that competition as part of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint, but when that race was removed from the Breeders’ Cup Challenge later that year the Middle Park Stakes was removed from it too. Nowadays the main reason to watch the race other than just for the fun of it is to get an idea about which horses might to well in the 2,000 Guineas the following season, with Rodrigo de Triano winning both races in 1991 and 1992.
Three different jockeys have won the race six times apiece at the time of writing. Danny Maher did so between 1901 and 1913, Sir Gordon Richards achieved it with wins over a 20 year period from from 1933 to 1953 and Lester Piggott managed it between 1967 and 1982. Pat Eddery and Charlie Elliott can consider themselves unlucky to not be on that list, having won it five times apiece. In more modern times Frankie Dettori has racked up four wins to date.
Run over 6 furlongs on the straight and restricted to 2-year-old colts, the race has a weight of 9 stone attached. Aidan O’Brien has trained more winners than anyone else, achieving victory in the race six times between 2000 and 2018.
Cambridgeshire Handicap (Heritage Handicap)
A Heritage Handicap that is run over 1 mile and 1 furlong on the Rowley Mile, the race was inaugurated in 1839. It’s for horses aged 3 and over, with the handicap nature of it meaning that the handicapper decides how much weight each horse should carry, rather than a pre-set rule. Halling is arguably the most famous horse to have won the race, following up victory here in 1994 with dual wins in the likes of the Eclipse Stakes and the International Stakes in 1995 and 1996.
To date, seven horses have won the race twice. They are:
- Heckler’s Pride
- Christmas Daisy
- Prince de Galles
- Rambo’s Hell
- Bronze Angel
The race was established in the same year as another handicap event at Newmarket, the Cesarewitch. Originally it was the Cesarewitch that was run first, but the schedule was later switched and the Cambridgeshire now takes place around two weeks before the Cesarewitch. Rosebery in 1876, Foxhall in 1881 and Plainsanterie in 1885 all won both races in the same season, but it’s unusual for horses to even try any more.
Nat Flatman and George Fordham both won the race four times, with the former doing so towards the end of the 19th century and the latter towards the end of the 20th. William Day, Jeremy Glover and John Gosden all achieved four wins as trainers, though it’s worth noting that some of the trainer’s in the race’s more formative years aren’t actually known.
History The Cambridgeshire Meeting
The Cambridgeshire Meeting is run alongside the beer festival, meaning that local brewers often rock up to sell their wares to the public who are keen on seeing things unfold on the Rowley Mile. It means that there’s a convivial atmosphere at play, with everyone enjoying themselves and sampling the local atmosphere.
Based in Suffolk, Newmarket plays host to a series of excellent meetings during the course of the year. With just five Classics taking place in flat racing every season, Newmarket is immensely proud to be responsible for two of them. The 1,000 Guineas and 2,000 Guineas take place every May here, pulling in huge crowds and sitting alongside some other excellent Group and Listed races.
Other events such as Glorious Goodwood and Royal Ascot come ahead of the Cambridgeshire Meeting in terms of prestige in the flat racing calendar, to say nothing of the Classics. Yet there’s something special about the Cambridgeshire that means that the great and the good of the horse racing industry turn up here to take part when September rolls around.
There are two courses in use at Newmarket: the July Course and the Rowley Mile Course. The former is, as the name suggests, limited in usage to just meetings held in the summer. The races listed on this page all take place on the Rowley Mile and it presents a stern challenge to the participants.