Held at Newmarket in September, the Cambridgeshire Handicap is a hugely competitive handicap race, and as such it tends to be one of the most exciting betting heats of the year for punters to sink their teeth into. You can find the odds for the 2020 renewal of the Cambridgeshire Handicap here a little closer to the time.
Cambridgeshire Handicap Tips
One of the most competitive handicaps of the entire season, the Cambridgeshire takes plenty of solving, and our tip for the 2020 renewal will appear here closer to the time. We successfully recommended the 2019 runner-up Beringer each-way at 25/1 on HorseRacing.net - so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for all of the build up towards the latest renewal.
Saturday 28th September 2019 @ 15:40
Consistent handicapper, who has caught the eye on several occasions so far this season, shaping well when meeting trouble in big-field scenarios at both Glorious Goodwood and Royal Ascot over the summer. He arrives here just 1 lb higher than for his win over a mile here in April, and although he will need plenty of luck as a hold-up performer, he should offer plenty of each-way value at around the 25/1 mark - particularly if there's a strong pace for him to aim at.
What is the Cambridgeshire Handicap?
British Flat racing is littered with famous handicap races, though few are bigger than the Cambridgeshire Handicap. Run over a trip of one mile and one furlong on Newmarket's Rowley Mile, the Cambridgeshire is a highly competitive big-field handicap race that tends to attract a stellar field each September.
The race itself is run on the final day of the brilliant Cambridgeshire fixture at Newmarket and forms part of the famous Autumn Double alongside the Cesarewitch.
What happened in the 2019 Cambridgeshire Handicap?
Although the 2019 line-up for the Cambridgeshire was hit by five late non-runners, it still proved to be a deeply competitive affair, with 30 runners heading to post. The market was dominated by three-year-olds, and each of Lord North, Majestic Dawn and Good Birthday were sent off at single-figure prices.
It was a four-year-old who looked likely to steal the show though, with the Alan King-trained Beringer going clear a furlong out under a talented claimer, but Frankie Dettori - as he always does - kept his cool, and quickly closed down on the leader with the well-backed Lord North, who picked up the lead in the closing stages to win cosily - and suggest that he could be a pattern horse in the making for the 2020 season.
The Cambridgeshire is yet another British race with a long and varied history, and the first running of the race was all the way back in 1839. Another big Newmarket handicap, the Ceseraewitch, was first run in the same year, and as such the famous autumn double was born - with the two big Flat handicaps providing punters with a tough puzzle to solve each season.
Since then, the Cambridgeshire has become a staple of the Flat calendar and continues to attract top quality fields and trainers.
Having said that, the race is capable of a big shock or two, such as in 2004, when Spanish Don won the race at a monster price of 100/1. In general, this is a very tough race for horses to win more than once, and only seven horses have won the Cambridgeshire on more than once occasion in nearly two centuries.
Who is the most iconic winner of the Cambridgeshire Handicap?
It is extremely difficult to pick out just one horse from the Cambridgeshire roll of honour, with a number of memorable moments to remember from down the years. Spanish Don is one that we have already mentioned as a 100/1 winner back in 2004, but more recently it was Bronze Angel who hit the headlines with his second win in the race inside three years back in 2014 for trainer Marcus Tregoning.
Perhaps the best horse to win the race in recent memory was the John Gosden-trained Halling, who won under Frankie Dettori back in 1994 as a three-year-old. That win was a stellar effort, but it was later in his career that Halling really shined, with successive Group 1 wins in the Eclipse at Sandown and the International Stakes at York in 1995 and 1996 to prove himself one of the best middle-distance horses of his generation.
Are there any trials for the Cambridgeshire Handicap?
Although Wissahickon had a warm-up for the Cambridgeshire on the all-weather at Chelmsford last year, which he won, there is no obvious trial race for the Cambridgeshire handicap. Trainers and owners will often plot their way towards Newmarket for several months with the idea of preserving their horses handicap mark, so it is advised to follow the ante-post market in the weeks before the race.
Who is the most successful jockey in the Cambridgeshire Handicap?
There are two jockeys who managed to win the Cambridgeshire four times during their careers, with Nat Flatman and George Fordham currently sitting on top with four wins each.
Flatman made his name in the 19th century with Vulcan (1841), Evenus (1844), Alarm (1845) and Scherz (1854), before Fordham came slightly later with Little David (1853), Odd Trick (1857), See Saw (1868) and Sabinus (1871) scoring.
Who is the most successful trainer in the Cambridgeshire Handicap?
There are three trainers who have won the Cambridgeshire Handicap four times with William Day, Jeremy Glover and John Gosden all achieving that feat.
Gosden will have every chance of going past that tally as a current handler with Halling (1994), Pipedreamer (2007), Tazeez (2008) and Wissahickon (2018) all past winners of the race for the legendary trainer.