Majestic double in Cambridgeshire

A really busy weekend of top class racing action on the flat.

It is Newmarket and Longchamp that dominate on the quality front hosting Group races. We take aim at the 34 runner Cambridgeshire Heritage Handicap where the bookies are offering extra places in such a competitive race.

Ramazan nearly became a lucky winner of the Ayr Gold Cup last Saturday but ultimately the winner Significantly got out in time to run him down near the line! It's not easy in these big field handicaps but hopefully a winner will drop sooner than later at a good price to reward our patience.

Majestic won last years Cambridgeshire impressively and looks primed to go close again. The trip, ground and course are the conditions he likes best so all has come good for him again this year. A high draw in stall 29 looks a positive with the short priced favourite Greek Order drawn close by in stall 25. Majestic has been running consistently well without winning all season bar a poor run in the John Smith's Cup Handicap at York.

I think this horse struggles to stay 1m2f let alone the 1m2.5f distance of the John Smith's Cup. His best run this season was over the easy 10 furlongs at Epsom on fast ground but his run flattened on the incline to the finishing line. The Cambridgeshire trip of 1m1f looks the job and jockey Benoit De La Sayette is very talented and well capable. Majestic is rated just the 3lbs higher than last year which is good handicapping by his trainer Jack Channon.

The more I look at this race and all the unexposed but inexperienced 3yo’s the more I return to the runners that ran so well in this race last season. Dual Identity finished third but looked the winner when quickening clear of far side group. The other top six finishers were drawn high so we can mark up that effort from Dual Identity.

This season things took a while to come to the boil but boy did he win nicely at Sandown at the start of this month. We backed him as he looked well handicapped down on a mark of 87 and he didn’t disappoint winning easily in a 25k to the winner handicap over 10 furlongs. Dual Identity has a turn of foot and will love the nice ground at Newmarket tomorrow.

The handicapper has hit him with an 8lb hike in the ratings but that is fair as this horse is bang in form. I like his chances even off a mark of 95 as he carries only 9 stone and is only 4lbs higher than when third last year. Marco Ghiani rides again and will have learned loads about the horse during his winning ride at Sandown earlier this month. He isn’t too badly drawn in stall 16.

Greek Order is unexposed but too short in the betting so maybe a couple of other alternatives to our main selections would be Killybegs Warrior & Zozimus.

Newmarket 3:40

0.5 point each way Dual Identity 11/1 Skybet 8 places else 11/1 Paddy Power, 7 places.

0.5 point each way Majestic 14/1 William Hill & Bet365,  6 places.

The Cambridgeshire Handicap is a flat handicap horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged three years or older. It is run on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket over a distance of 1 mile and 1 furlong (1,811 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late September.

The event was established in 1839, and the inaugural running was won by Lanercost. It was founded in the same year as another major handicap at Newmarket, the Cesarewitch. The two races came to be known as the Autumn Double.

The Cesarewitch initially took place before the Cambridgeshire, but the schedule was later reversed and the Cambridgeshire now precedes the other race by two weeks. Three horses completed the double in the 19th century — Rosebery (1876), Foxhall (1881) and Plaisanterie (1885) — but the feat has been rarely attempted since then.

The Cambridgeshire Handicap is currently held on the final day of Newmarket's three-day Cambridgeshire Meeting.

Winners over past 10 years

Year Winner Age Weight Jockey Trainer SP Time
2022 Majestic 4 7-11 Aidan Keeley Mick Channon 25/1 1:50.31
2021 Bedouin's Story 6 9-05 Jamie Spencer Saeed bin Suroor 40/1 1:49.57
2020 Majestic Dawn 4 8-08 Paul Hanagan Paul & Oliver Cole 40/1 1:46.94
2019 Lord North 3 8-10 Frankie Dettori John Gosden 9/2 F 1:46.99
2018 Wissahickon 3 9-05 Frankie Dettori John Gosden 11/1 1:48.01
2017 Dolphin Vista 4 8-10 George Wood Martyn Meade 50/1 1:51.24
2016 Spark Plug 5 9-04 Jimmy Fortune Brian Meehan 12/1 1:48.99
2015 Third Time Lucky 3 8-04 Adam Beschizza Richard Fahey 14/1 1:50.11
2014 Bronze Angel 5 8-08 Louis Steward Marcus Tregoning 14/1 1:48.68
2013 Educate 4 9-09 Johnny Murtagh Ismail Mohammed 8/1 F 1:51.05

Best of Luck, Nicky