Newmarket Races tips and odds: Five best bets for this week’s Cambridgeshire meeting

Newmarket’s three-day Cambridgeshire meeting proceeds behind closed doors this week.

The Suffolk track was due to welcome 1,000 spectators on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, before crowd trials were paused by the UK government.

It had been hoped fans would return to stadiums and venues gradually from October 1, but the new restrictions could last for up to six months.

The fixture takes its name from the bet365 Cambridgeshire Heritage Handicap, the big betting handicap on Saturday.

There are also two Group 1 races including the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes and the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes.

Leading horses from the latter contest can become leading contenders for the following season’s QIPCO 2000 Guineas.

Other highlights include a pair of Group 2 contests on Friday, the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes and Shadwell Joel Stakes, plus Thursday’s Group 3 Tattersalls Stakes.

Five best bets

Withhold – Listed Jockey Club Rose Bowl Stakes, Thursday (3.35) 15/8*



Jason Watson on board Withhold (second right) in a race at Newbury

Tactics could be the deciding factor with just the five runners and last year’s winner looks the one to side with.

He made all on that occasion by six lengths and is likely to try and repeat the performance against the higher-rated Mildenberger.

The selection has been in good form this summer and won on the July course two starts ago.

He bumped into a useful younger rival last time out and is well up to defeating this field, with race fitness on his side.

Last Sunset – Bentley Motors Nursery, Thursday (1.50) 13/8

Has shown a good level of form so far, taking a Kempton novice before coming home a clear second in a similar event.



Top jockey Frankie Dettori rides Last Sunset

Slightly unlucky not to triumph last time out, caught by a promising newcomer’s late charge, a mark of 84 looks well within range for this daughter of Teofilio.

Monsoon Moon was in third that day and has franked the form since.

Last Sunset is Frankie Dettori’s only ride of the afternoon.

Antonia De Vega – Group 3 Princess Royal Muhaarar Stakes, Friday (2.25) 9/2

The four-time winner goes well fresh and comes into this test after a 102-day break.

A rainy Newmarket would be a help rather than a hindrance for Ralph Beckett’s runner.

She found a Listed race on soft ground last summer easy pickings – and emerged with credit in Group 1 company thereafter.

A problem with a splint prevented her from running in the Princess of Wales’s Stakes this season, a level higher than this, at the same track.

It shows the regard in which she is held and this looks a good opportunity.

Lucky Vega – Group 1 Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes, Saturday (3.00) 7/2

The highest-rated of the juveniles among the declarations, Jessica Harrington’s colt already has a Group 1 win to his name.

That came in last month’s Keeneland Phoenix Stakes, when he showed blistering acceleration to race three-and-half lengths clear of a Royal Ascot winner.



Lucky Vega won the 2020 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at Curragh Racecourse

Stepped up to seven furlongs at the Curragh, he encountered a troubled passage behind the new 2021 2,000 Guineas favourite Thunder Moon.

He is most certainly worth another chance at a track where there is plenty of room to manoeuvre.

Bell Rock – bet365 Cambridgeshire Heritage Handicap, Saturday (3.35) 12/1

Andrew Balding’s charge has won two races from seven – and both were at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile course.

No doubt connections have had this big handicap in a mind for a while for the four-year-old, still green when successful on seasonal debut here.

Only inside the final furlong did he really hit top gear to pip Ouzo on the line under Oisin Murphy, so the extra furlong and stronger pace should suit him.



Oisin Murphy at Newmarket Racecourse

Sixth in the Royal Hunt Cup, the experience of competing in a big field should have done him the world of good.

Switched to the centre of track, the race developed on his inside and he just didn’t have the pace to go with the leaders over a mile.

The last two renewals of this have been won by horses with a similar profile and he is a most interesting contender on the back of a short break.

* Best odds at the time of publication, subject to change

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