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The Cambridgeshire: Date, history & betting odds

The Cambridgeshire Handicap dates back to 1839 and is held each year on the Rowley Mile course at Flat racing headquarters, Newmarket.

The flat race, run over one-mile-and-one-furlong, is for horses aged three or older and is normally run in late September.

The handicap contest is part of the 'Autumn Double' along with another major handicap - the Cesarewitch – although not many runners attempt the two races in the present day.

Whatbet365 Cambridgeshire
WhereNewmarket
WhenSaturday, 30th September 2023
How to watchbet365 Live Sports Streaming, ITV & Racing TV
OddsGreek Order 9/2, Dual Identity 9/1, Enfjaar 14/1, Kathab 14/1, Oviedo 14/1

When is the Cambridgeshire?

The race, sponsored by bet365, is normally held in late September and the 2023 edition takes place on Saturday, 30th September.

The Cambridgeshire is always on the final day of Newmarket’s three-day Cambridgeshire meeting, with top-class racing over the course of the three days.

Where is the Cambridgeshire?

Newmarket is the venue for the annual handicap contest, with the race run on the Rowley Mile track over 1m1f.

The first edition of the race was run in 1839, with the inaugural Cambridgeshire won by Lanercost.

Where can I watch the Cambridgeshire?

Every race meeting can be viewed via the bet365 Live Sports Streaming service, while selected races from the Cambridgeshire meeting will be covered by ITV Racing.

Subscription viewers in the UK will be able to gain race-by-race coverage of the Newmarket meeting on Racing TV for all three days of action.

What are the key races at the Cambridgeshire meeting?

There are eight races to look forward to on day one of the Newmarket meeting, with the biggest race of the Thursday card being the Jockey Club Rose Bowl (4:10), which is a Listed Race.

The second day sees seven more races at Racing HQ, with back-to-back Group 2 races at 3:00 and 3:35 on the Friday.

The Dubai Rockfel Stakes is for two-year-olds run over 7f, while there is £125,000 up for grabs for the winner of the Dubai Joel Stakes – with the three-year-old contenders set to run over 1m.

Including the bet365 Cambridgeshire, the final day of the meeting offers seven top-class races with two Group 1 contests to also look forward to.

The Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes, a 6f sprint, takes place at 2:25 and offers £275,000 to the winning connections.

That is followed at 3:00 by the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes, which dates back to 1866, also run over 6f for two-year-olds.

Who is the most successful Cambridgeshire jockey?

Nat Flatman and George Fordham both have four wins to their names, with all of those eight victories coming back in the 1800s.

In more recent times, three jockeys have enjoyed two wins in the Class 2 Handicap. Jimmy Fortune rode Pipedreamer to victory in 2007 and then Spark Plug in 2016.

Jamie Spencer is another two-time winner - on board Formal Decree in 2006 and Bedouin’s Story in 2021 – while Frankie Dettori, who has three wins overall, won back-to-back Cambridgeshire races in 2018 (Wissahickon) and 2019 (Lord North).

Who is the most successful Cambridgeshire trainer?

John Gosden leads the way in the list of trainers to enjoy success in the Cambridgeshire, with the Newmarket-based handler winning the handicap on five separate occasions.

Gosden’s first win in the race came back in 1994, when Halling – ridden by Frankie Dettori – claimed victory in the big race.

The trainer had to wait another 13 years for his next Cambridgeshire success, with Pipedreamer winning in 2007 and Gosden backed that up with Tazeez in 2008.

Gosden also enjoyed back-to-back success in 2018 and 2019, with wins for Dettori mounts Wissahickon and Lord North.

Who are the most recent Cambridgeshire winners?

Here are the winners of the Cambridgeshire since 2012.

Year

Horse

Jockey

Trainer

2012

Bronze Angel

William Buick

Marcus Tregoning

2013

Educate

Johnny Murtagh

Ismail Mohammed

2014

Bronze Angel

Louis Steward

Marcus Tregoning

2015

Third Time Lucky

Adam Beschizza

Richard Fahey

2016

Spark Plug

Jimmy Fortune

Brian Meehan

2017

Dolphin Vista

George Wood

Martyn Meade

2018

Wissahickon

Frankie Dettori

John Gosden

2019

Lord North

Frankie Dettori

John Gosden

2020

Majestic Dawn

Paul Hanagan

Paul & Oliver Cole

2021

Bedouin’s Story

Jamie Spencer

Saeed bin Suroor

2022

Majestic

Aidan Keeley

Mick Channon

Who are the fancied horses in the 2023 Cambridgeshire?

Harry and Roger Charlton’s Greek Order heads the betting at 9/2 ahead of the latest running of the 1m1f Newmarket contest.

The three-year-old has won two of his three starts on the flat, including a 4½-length success in the Benchmark Handicap at Newbury in August.

Dual Identity (9/1) is another expected to run a big race, with the William Knight-trained charge looking for back-to-back victories after an impressive Class 2 success at Sandown earlier in the month.

Enfjaar – available to back at 14/1 - was a course winner, over 7f, in 2022 and the Roger Varian three-year-old is seeking a third victory in four races.

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