Cambridgeshire Handicap Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Cambridgeshire Meeting)

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See which trainers and jockeys have performed well in this fact-packed blog for the Cambridgeshire Handicap. This is a race that is hosted at Newmarket during the Cambridgeshire Meeting with the race being run over a distance of 1m1f, see which trends the past winners of the Cambridgeshire Handicap have set for this year.

Cambridgeshire Handicap Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Cambridgeshire Meeting)
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Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2024 Cambridgeshire Handicap Preview

The Cambridgeshire Handicap is run over a specialist distance of nine furlongs on Newmarket's Rowley Mile Course towards the end of September on the final day of the excellent three-day Cambridgeshire meeting. Inaugurated in 1839, the same year as Newmarket's Cesarewitch Handicap which is held in October, the two valuable handicaps form the 'Autumn Double' for punters looking to strike gold! Despite there being a nine-furlong gap in distance between the two races as the Cesarewitch is eighteen furlongs, three horses have actually achieved the 'Autumn Double' but not since 1885.

Although not so much recently, down the years a 'Group' horse in the making has been unleashed in the Cambridgeshire from what turned out to be a very 'favourable' handicap mark, one that springs to mind is the Godolphin owned and John Gosden trained Halling in 1994 who went on to win multiple Group 1 races of the highest quality like the Eclipse at Sandown and Juddmonte International Stakes at York.

Cambridgeshire Handicap Information:

Why not use the trends shortlist below to help you narrow down the field and then head over to the dedicated Newmarket tips page to see which runners are being supported by the OLBG expert racing tipsters to find yourself a bet? You may also be interested in other preview blogs that we have packed full of information, head down to the Races Covered at the Cambridgeshire Meeting section for links to these.

How competitive is the Cambridgeshire Handicap market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2004 when the race had an over-round of 131%. The race in 2017 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 150%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Cambridgeshire Handicap, the over-round has been 139%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £139 which is bet.

Cambridgeshire Handicap Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 20 if you had followed the winner of the Cambridgeshire Handicap next time out then you would have backed a total of 6 winners. Backing all 19 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of +20.40. Ahead of the 2024 Cambridgeshire Handicap why not head over to the racing predictions for tips on other races today?

Over the last 20 renewals, it was the Paul & Oliver Cole trained Majestic Dawn ridden by Paul Hanagan who set the fastest winning time in the Cambridgeshire Handicap, the runner won the race in a time of 1:46.94 was set when winning the race in 2020. At the other end of the scale, it was the combination of trainer Michael Wigham and jockey Jim Crowley with Credit Swap who set the slowest winning time, the race-winning time was 1:53.87 in the 2010 renewal.

These are the top three quickest-run Cambridgeshire Handicap over the last 20 renewals:

  • 2020 - Majestic Dawn (1:46.94)
  • 2019 - Lord North (1:46.99)
  • 2009 - Supaseus (1:47.48)

Cambridgeshire Handicap Past Winners

Here are the Cambridgeshire Handicap past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. Also detailed is the stall where the horse came from and the total number of runners in the race. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the Cambridgeshire Handicap as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

Year Horse (Drawn) Info
2023
1:49.76
Astro King (IRE)
6yo 9-12 (35 of 34) 20/1
Richard Kingscote
Daniel & Claire Kubler (GB)
2022
1:50.31
Majestic (IRE)
4yo 7-11 (26 of 28) 25/1
Aidan Keeley (5lbs)
Mick Channon (GB)
2021
1:49.57
Bedouins Story (GB)
6yo 9-5 (21 of 26) 40/1
Jamie Spencer
Saeed bin Suroor (GB)
2020
1:46.94
Majestic Dawn (IRE)
4yo 8-8 (25 of 27) 40/1
Paul Hanagan
Paul & Oliver Cole (GB)
2019
1:46.99
Lord North (IRE)
3yo 8-10 (29 of 30) 9/2F
Frankie Dettori
John Gosden (GB)
2018
1:48.01
Wissahickon (USA)
3yo 9-5 (21 of 33) 11/1
Frankie Dettori
John Gosden (GB)
2017
1:51.24
Dolphin Vista (IRE)
4yo 8-7 (29 of 34) 50/1
George Wood (3lbs)
Martyn Meade (GB)
2016
1:48.99
Spark Plug (IRE)
5yo 9-4 (28 of 31) 12/1
Jimmy Fortune
Brian Meehan (GB)
2015
1:50.11
Third Time Lucky (IRE)
3yo 8-4 (7 of 34) 14/1
Adam Beschizza
Richard Fahey (GB)
2014
1:48.68
Bronze Angel (IRE)
5yo 8-8 (11 of 31) 14/1
Louis Steward (5lbs)
Marcus Tregoning (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Cambridgeshire Handicap have been based:

  • GB: 20 winners with an additional 59 placings from 613 runners
  • IRE: 0 winners with an additional 2 placings from 10 runners
  • GER: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 2 runners
  • FR: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 1 runner
  • HK: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 1 runner
  • AUS: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 1 runner

Cambridgeshire Handicap Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Cambridgeshire Handicap over the last 20 renewals is John Gosden who has won the race four times with those four winners coming from Pipedreamer I (2007), Tazeez (2008), Wissahickon (2018) and Lord North (2019). The only other trainer to have recorded multiple wins in the Cambridgeshire Handicap is Marcus Tregoning (2 wins). There are multiple trainers who have not had the best of times over the last 20 renewals in the Cambridgeshire Handicap, William Haggas (0-22), Andrew Balding (0-19), David O'Meara (0-16), Brian Ellison (0-13), Roger Varian (0-12), Jim Goldie (0-12), Ed Dunlop (0-10) and Sir Michael Stoute (0-10) have all failed to produce a single winner despite sending multiple runners to the race.

Here are some of the top Cambridgeshire Handicap trainer statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Trainer R-W-P Win EW
John Gosden 20-4-4 +29.50 +12.45
Marcus Tregoning 10-2-3 +15.00 +9.38
Saeed bin Suroor 25-1-3 +16.00 +5.88
Richard Fahey 16-1-2 -1.00 -4.00
David Elsworth 9-1-2 +92.00 +58.13
Hughie Morrison 8-1-1 +9.00 +3.00
Brian Meehan 8-1-1 +5.00 +0.50
Roger Charlton 8-1-2 -2.00 -1.62
Paul & Oliver Cole 4-1-1 +37.00 +22.00
Tom Tate 4-1-1 +37.00 +22.00

Cambridgeshire Handicap Jockey Statistics

There are two leading jockeys in the Cambridgeshire Handicap over the last 20 renewals with both Jamie Spencer and Frankie Dettori who have both won the race two times. Jamie Spencer's winners have been with Formal Decree (2006) and Bedouins Story (2021). Frankie Dettori winners have been with Wissahickon (2018) and Lord North (2019). There are multiple jockeys who have not had the best of times over the last 20 renewals in the Cambridgeshire Handicap, Ryan Moore (0-16), Jimmy Quinn (0-11), Andrea Atzeni (0-10) and James Doyle (0-10) have all failed to produce a single winner despite sending multiple rides to the race.

Here are some of the top Cambridgeshire Handicap jockey statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Jockey R-W-P Win EW
Jamie Spencer 11-2-3 +40.00 +25.26
Frankie Dettori 11-2-3 +6.50 +3.19
William Buick 14-1-3 -4.00 -2.62
Jim Crowley 13-1-3 +2.00 +3.44
Liam Keniry 5-1-1 +96.00 +58.50
George Wood 3-1-1 +48.00 +29.25
John Fahy 3-1-2 +38.00 +25.50
Adam Beschizza 3-1-1 +12.00 +6.75
Louis Steward 3-1-1 +12.00 +6.75
Aidan Keeley 2-1-1 +24.00 +14.63

Favourites finishing positions (oldest to latest): 22, 1, 5, 1, 3, (11, 12), 28, 19, 6, 1, 13, 5, 19, 7, 33, 1, 6, (2, 17), 8, 2

The percentage shown is the percentage of the total number of runners who fell under that factor. High percentages are less appealing than lower ones as you would expect them to do well.

  • 20 / 20 (76%) - Made 4 - 26 starts (Career)
  • 20 / 20 (79%) - Made 4 - 11 starts (1 Year)
  • 20 / 20 (80%) - Made 1 - 8 starts (Season)
  • 20 / 20 (80%) - Not on HY/GS/FM/SLW/STD-SLW/STD-FS (Debut)
  • 20 / 20 (82%) - Made 1 - 23 starts (Hcps)
  • 20 / 20 (82%) - Had 3 - 12 placings (Career)
  • 20 / 20 (84%) - Achieved a TS of 74+ (Last 3)
  • 20 / 20 (84%) - Had 1 - 10 placings (Hcps)
  • 20 / 20 (86%) - Made 1 - 8 starts (180 Days)
  • 20 / 20 (86%) - Fewer than 15 starts (Class)
  • 20 / 20 (86%) - Not in a G3/LST/Cl4-5 (LTO)
  • 20 / 20 (86%) - No bigger than 12/1 (Last Win)
  • 20 / 20 (86%) - Achieved a TS of 44+ (LTO)
  • 20 / 20 (88%) - Ran in England (LTO)
  • 20 / 20 (88%) - Achieved an RPR of 81+ (LTO)
  • 20 / 20 (88%) - Ran over 1mf - 1m2½f (Last Win)
  • 20 / 20 (88%) - Highest Run is not G1/Cl4
  • 20 / 20 (89%) - Furthest Placed 1mf - 1m3f
  • 20 / 20 (89%) - No more than +3yrs (Vs Min Age)
  • 20 / 20 (89%) - Beaten no more -12½l (LTO)

Remember to use the trends listed above along with the Newmarket racing predictions to see if you can find the winner of the Cambridgeshire Handicap. If you are a newcomer to horse racing betting, then the number of types of bets can be scary! Don't let that put you off though, head over to this Types Of Horse Racing Bet article and have a read, you will then have a better knowledge of betting on racing in the future and there are plenty of other articles in the OLBG Betting School too.

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Cambridgeshire Handicap Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +163.00 is when runners ran over 1m2f when last winning. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners ran on Good To Soft ground on debut, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-86.

Here are the most recent winning draws along with the further placings in brackets:

  • 2023: Winner in 35 (25,28,1,29) [34 Runners]
  • 2022: Winner in 26 (19,6,17) [28 Runners]
  • 2021: Winner in 21 (22,19,4) [26 Runners]
  • 2020: Winner in 25 (27,24,16) [27 Runners]
  • 2019: Winner in 29 (15,32,28) [30 Runners]

The course which has produced the most winners of the Cambridgeshire Handicap is Newbury, there has been a total number of 5 winners of this race who ran at Newbury last time out.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 20 winners from a total of 611 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 0 winners from a total of 17 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, these are the stallions whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Cambridgeshire Handicap:

  • Dark Angel (2 Wins)
  • Diktat (2 Wins)

These are the stallions whose offspring have not produced a winner of the Cambridgeshire Handicap despite multiple attempts:

  • Invincible Spirit (0 Wins from 16 runners)
  • Footstepsinthesand (0 Wins from 14 runners)
  • Dansili (0 Wins from 12 runners)
  • Pivotal (0 Wins from 11 runners)
  • Cape Cross (0 Wins from 10 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Spanish Don in 2004, winning for David Elsworth at odds of 100/1 under the guidance of Liam Keniry. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there has been a total of 4 winning favourites in the race. Ahead of the 2024 Cambridgeshire Handicap why not head over to the best racing tipster page to see what the tipsters are backing today?

Races Covered at the Cambridgeshire Meeting

Cambridgeshire Meeting races for Thursday 26th September 2024

Race 2023 Winner Info
Tattersall Stakes Alyanaabi (IRE)
2yo - 4/1
Owen Burrows
Jim Crowley
Jockey Club Rose Bowl Trawlerman (IRE)
5yo - 1/5
John & Thady Gosden
Frankie Dettori
Cambridgeshire Meeting 1m4f Handicap Divina Grace (IRE)
3yo - 18/1
Rae Guest
Callum Shepherd

Cambridgeshire Meeting races for Friday 27th September 2024

Race 2023 Winner Info
Rosemary Stakes Coppice (GB)
3yo - 11/2
John & Thady Gosden
Frankie Dettori
Princess Royal Stakes Time Lock (GB)
4yo - 9/2
Harry & Roger Charlton
Ryan Moore
Rockfel Stakes Carlas Way (IRE)
2yo - 7/2
Simon & Ed Crisford
James Doyle
Joel Stakes Mutasaabeq (GB)
5yo - 11/4
Charles Hills
Jim Crowley
Godolphin Stakes Tregony (GB)
5yo - 10/1
Clive Cox
Saffie Osborne

Cambridgeshire Meeting races for Saturday 28th September 2024

Race 2023 Winner Info
Royal Lodge Stakes Ghostwriter (IRE)
2yo - 100/30
Clive Cox
Richard Kingscote
Cheveley Park Stakes Porta Fortuna (IRE)
2yo - 9/2
Donnacha Aidan O'Brien
Oisin Murphy
Middle Park Stakes Vandeek (GB)
2yo - 5/4
Simon & Ed Crisford
James Doyle
Cambridgeshire Handicap Astro King (IRE)
6yo - 20/1
Daniel & Claire Kubler
Richard Kingscote
Jersey Lily Fillies Nursery Wild Goddess (GB)
2yo - 11/2
Charlie Appleby
William Buick
Cambridgeshire Meeting 7f Handicap Catch The Paddy (IRE)
3yo - 16/1
Kevin Ryan
Ronan Whelan

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