Take one on either side in feature

  • By: Simon Holt
  • Last Updated: September 29 2012, 15:50 BST

Our in-form expert Simon Holt previews Saturday's action at Newmarket including the Betfred Cambridgeshire.

King's Warrior: Looks sure to go well in the Cambridgeshire

1pt e.w. King's Warrior in 15.40 Newmarket at best morning price.

1pt e.w. Mijhaar in 15.40 Newmarket at best morning price.

2pts win Chachamaidee in 15.00 Newmarket at best morning price.

2pts win Maureen in 14.25 Newmarket at best morning price.

2pts win Fantastic Moon in 13.55 Newmarket at best morning price.


Races don't come any more competitive than Saturday's Betfred Cambridgeshire but, rather like last week's Ayr Gold Cup, I believe that concentrating on horses who will definitely stay the trip can help cut through the mass of clues on offer.

As at Ayr, this race is usually run at a furious pace and can play to those who have shown form beyond the advertised distance of nine furlongs and, on this theory, King's Warrior and Mijhaar - drawn on opposite sides of the course - have big chances.

King's Warrior, a horse formerly trained in France, showed improved form to win the John Smith's Cup (1m2f) at York in July and, given that he won that day by more than four lengths, it's hardly surprising that the handicapper put him up 10lb in the ratings.

However, Michael Murphy, one of the season's riding finds, takes off a valuable 5lb and, with ground conditions likely to suit, Peter Chapple-Hyam's gelding may finish stronger than most.

Mijhaar will have cost his followers dear this season but was badly hampered behind Kings Warrior at York and ran well enough when stepped up to 1m4f at Kempton subsequently.

However, what makes Roger Varian's colt look interesting here is his third behind Gatewood and Black Spirit - both of whom have gone up sharply in the ratings since - in the Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot (1m2f) in June.

Like Kings Warrior, he should stay every yard of the trip and could at last fulfil his earlier potential.

There are lots of others with chances - the three-year-olds Mukhadram and Chil The Kite in particular, though the first-named is short on experience and the latter, who may not be straightforward, needs to prove his stamina. Both could, however, be future Group horses.

A race at Newbury last weekend provides further clues: Boom And Bust ran another solid race when collared by the smart Grandeur that day with Burano (returning after a lay-off) shaping well in fourth and Fury held in fifth.

Burano ought to turn the tables with Boom And Bust at the weights but I am a big fan of Marcus Tregoning's gelding and feel sure he will put up another bold show here.

Prince Of Johanne and Stevie Thunder, first and second last year, cannot be discounted though neither has been really firing in recent starts.

On a fine card, the Group One Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes brings together some high class fillies and mares with Sir Henry Cecil doubly represented by last year's runner-up Chachamaidee and his recent French import Beauty Parlour.

Beauty Parlour should confirm placings with Up, who she beat in the French 1000 Guineas earlier in the season, but she was surprisingly beaten next time by the ill-fated Valyra in the French Oaks and the best of the three-year-olds here could be Elusive Kate who was an excellent third behind Excelebration last time in the Prix Jacques le Marois.

Elusive Kate had Siyouma behind her in third when caught by Giofra in the Falmouth Stakes in July and is a dual Group One winner in France.

She seems bound to go well again but Chachamaidee (beaten a length by Sahpresa 12 months ago) could be the one after by far her best effort over this mile distance at Leopardstown last time when beaten a short head by Duntle in the Matron Stakes, after which she was promoted to first following a subsequent stewards enquiry.

Tom Queally will need to hold on to her for as long as possible here but she has a superb turn of foot.

Earlier, Maureen is fancied to justify likely favouritism in the Group One Jaguar Cars Cheveley Park Stakes.

Richard Hannon's smart filly would be unbeaten but for ill-luck in-running behind Sendmylovetorose, who reopposes, in the Cherry Hinton Stakes in July, since when she bounded away with the Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot.

Rosdhu Queen, who made it three from three in the Lowther Stakes at York - a race weakened by a fatal injury to the favourite Newfangled - looks the likely threat.

And, in the opening Group Two Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes, Fantastic Moon is just preferred to the tough Steeler.

Both colts should be well suited by a step up to a mile but the selection really impressed me when coming from last to first in Sandown's Solario Stakes and could develop into a Classic contender next season.


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