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Horse Racing tips: 16/1 bet365 Cambridgeshire Handicap shout

Two-year-old races are the order of the day at Newmarket, but there is a boon for punters in the bet365 Cambridgeshire Handicap as Keith Melrose from the Racing Post picks out his best bets.

Keith Melrose’s tips

1.50 Newmarket - Ghostwriter @ 5/1
2.25 Newmarket - Cherry Blossom @ 11/1
3.40 Newmarket  - Crack Shot @ 16/1

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1.50 Newmarket - Ghostwriter @ 5/1

Two of the last four winners of the 2000 Guineas ran in the Royal Lodge Stakes, so this is clearly a race to monitor with the Classics in mind. Studying the form for this year's race I got so excited watching back GHOSTWRITER and his runs that I have had a small bet on him making it three from five.

Naturally, he should be going very close in this if he is to win the Guineas, although note that neither Coroebus nor Kameko won the Royal Lodge.

Ghostwriter has looked exceptionally promising in winning two novice events so far, on the July course at Newmarket and at Ascot. 

On the second occasion in particular, the way he lengthened his stride and put the race to bed despite showing residual signs of greenness marked him out as a Pattern-class performer in the making.

There was substance to that form, too. Half an hour later older handicappers ran over the same course and distance. Allow for their ages, weight carried and the pace of the two races and Ghostwriter emerged with much the greater credit. 

The handicap winner, Quinault, ran to a Racing Post Rating of 109. If Ghostwriter can beat that by 2lb, and times at Ascot suggest he certainly can, then he would be at the level of an average recent winner of the Royal Lodge.

Keith Melrose’s tip:

Ghostwriter @ 5/1 - 1pt win

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2.25 Newmarket - Cherry Blossom @ 11/1

In order to win the Cheveley Park Stakes, CHERRY BLOSSOM will have to reverse form from York's Lowther Stakes with Relief Rally. But there was only a length in it that day and the impression I get from her campaigning is that Cherry Blossom has been getting ready for this race and this race alone since her debut.

That debut came in July, when she went off favourite for a Listed race but came up short. An easy win at the Curragh followed a couple of weeks later before she ran a blinder at York. That was only 31 days after her first racecourse appearance and Cherry Blossom understandably still looked to lack for experience.

You imagine her run since in a 23-runner sales race was done with at least some intention to get that greenness out of her. She was a beaten even-money favourite that day, but given she was second to a remarkable six-length winner that is no disgrace. She has loads of speed, so coming back to 6f will be in Cherry Blossom's favour on what is supposed to be her big day.

Keith Melrose’s tip:

Cherry Blossom @ 11/1 - 1pt win

3.40 Newmarket  - Crack Shot @ 16/1

There are no certainties in the 35-runner bet365 Cambridgeshire. You would be fairly confident in saying you want a progressive horse with a good draw. CRACK SHOT fits the bill and, having snuck in near the foot of the weights, he is the one to back with bet365's enhanced place terms, which pay out on each-way bets down to sixth.

Crack Shot has only run five times in all, and twice in handicaps. The first came when he was fifth to Royal Rhyme, who is Group 1-bound now, at Goodwood. He then won at Newbury, despite showing residual signs of greenness.

The return to this sort of trip will suit, his dam ran her best race over 1m4f at Newmarket, and from stall 31 he is bound to be near the stands rail, which recent history suggests is the place to be.

Keith Melrose’s tip:

Crack Shot @ 16/1 - 1pt each-way (six places)

Keith Melrose’s tips

1.50 Newmarket - Ghostwriter @ 5/1
2.25 Newmarket - Cherry Blossom @ 11/1
3.40 Newmarket  - Crack Shot @ 16/1

All odds are correct at time of writing and subject to change.

View all the latest Horse Racing odds here

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