While we may be entering the final six weeks of the flat horse-racing season there is still plenty to be decided, not least in the juvenile contests at Newmarket and the small matter of the historical autumn double, both legs proudly sponsored by Betfred.
The Betfred Cambridgeshire takes place this Saturday as thirty five runners hurtle down the Rowley mile (the race is actually run over nine furlongs) which is a sight to behold with all the runners spread across the heath. Only five of the past 18 winners have carried more than nine stone to victory, so those lower weighted contenders take the eye.
Bronze Angel looks to make history by winning the race for the third time (successful in 2012 & 2014) for Marcus Tregoning. He has only had one run this season, that came back in April, and it would be a mighty ask.
A stronger contender maybe last years winner Third Time Lucky. He went close in a good race at York last month on just his third start of the season and this will have been the aim all year for Richard Fahey’s charge. He has to carry 5lb more 12 months on but is still handily weighted.
It’s a fascinating race where plenty will fancy their chances in a race where favourites have landed just three of the last 18 runnings.
Also on Saturday’s card is the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes for two year old fillies. Here we will see the unbeaten Lady Aurelia who produced one of the most breath-taking displays at Royal Ascot for years when blasting to victory in the Queen Mary, and she followed up in France last time.
She will be a red hot favourite but is worth taking on with Queen Kindly. A daughter of the great Frankel, she lowered the colours of the well touted Fair Eva in the Lowther Stakes at York and can take another notable scalp this weekend.
The two year old colts are also well served with the Group one Middle Park Stakes. With the unbeaten Irish superstar Caravaggio not making the trip this looks set to go to Godolphin courtesy of their impressive Gimcrack winner Blue Point.
He was beaten by Mehmas (re-opposes) at Glorious Goodwood but was probably held back by experience on that occasion and I expect him to turn the tables comfortably.
Whatever you are backing this weekend, savour the action, gamble responsibly and enjoy!