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Wissahickon was an impressive winner of the 2018 renewal for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori.
Wissahickon was an impressive winner of the 2018 renewal for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori.

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 2021 renewal of the Cambridgeshire Handicap here a little closer to the time.

Cambridgeshire Handicap Tips

You can view our tips for the 2021 renewal of the Cambridgeshire Handicap a little closer to the time. 

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 2020 Cambridgeshire Handicap? 

The 2020 renewal was a typically competitive one, and the improving Tempus was fancied by plenty to take this on route to bigger and better things next season. However, 40/1 outsider Majestic Dawn failed to read the script for Paul and Oliver Cole, and made a mockery of both his starting price and his mark to seal a resounding four and a half length success on the inside rail under Paul Hanagan. 

The history of the Cambridgeshire Handicap

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.

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