With the favourites quoted at 12/1 the Cambridgeshire is the most open in years. Open it may be but Crockford believes that he is not flying a kite with his selections.
Chil The Kite and Boom and Bust may hold the key to the race and opposed each other last time when finishing behind the useful Thistle Bird in a listed contest at Haydock. Chil The Kite will be running on better terms today and could provide Hughie Morrison with another Cambridgeshire winner. He is guaranteed to enjoy the strong pace and can handle big fields. This is also true of an interesting and once highly touted outsider – Fury. Thought of by his trainer Haggas as a once possible Guineas winner he too should benefit from the cavalry charge and he is more fancied by Crockford than the trainer’s other runner Mukhadram. Punters may also be Rewarded if they take advice straight from the gallops this morning. Rewarded has been working well with Loving Spirit and could provide Kirsty Milczarek with place chances. The French send over Talk About who has a strong whisper about him too.
Beyond the Cambridgeshire race goers will be treated to the second last appearance in public by the mighty Frankel who is due to parade before a race course gallop at 12.30pm. Frankel will not be the only classy Cecil animal on show this afternoon. The former French trained filly Beauty Parlour will run for Sir Henry for the first time in the Sun Chariot where she will face stiff opposition from the dependable Gosden filly Elusive Kate. Crockford is also attracted to the quality of Al Waab who has excellent each way hopes in the Royal Lodge (the first race on the card), but listening to talk from the yard of Fantastic Moon he should not be beaten.
On another note Crockford predicts that Dr Koukash may repeat his amazing Gabrial tri-cast of a few of weeks ago by doing the same again at Haydock this afternoon with Gabrial The Thug, Gabrial The Duke and Gabrial The Master.
Throughout the afternoon Crockford will be keeping followers up to date with the talk from the Rowley Mile via twitter at Crockford@deadcerts
Crockford’s Dead Cert – Fantastic Moon (1.55 Newmarket)
Jeremy Noseda is very keen on this impressive colt – coming from last to first in his last race Crockford can see why. The talk from the yard is that he is something very special. He may be challenged by Al Waab but he will have the upper hand.
Crockford’s Whisper – Beacon Lodge (5.35 Haydock e/w)
This horse has dropped so far down in class from his former Group and Listed performances that he has fallen under many punters radars. The price in the morning papers at 25/1+ shone out like a beacon to Crockford – if he is anywhere near the form of old he will beat of his rivals today.
Archer’s Selection – Chil The Kite (Cambridgeshire 3.40 Newmarket e/w)
The Cambridgeshire would hold many memories for the master, good and bad, but he would be sure to want to take this ride. The preparation for the race feels just right and his love of a strong pace and big fields would make him Archer’s choice.
Crockford’s other gambles across the courses:
Newmarket – Fantastic Moon and Al Waab (e/w) (1.55), Maureen (2.25), Beauty Parlour (3.00), Chil The Kite (e/w), Boom and Bust (e/w), Fury (e/w) and Rewarded (e/w) (Cambridgeshire 3.40), Fleeting Smile (e/w) (4.15), Cape Classic (4.50) and Sun Central (5.25).
Haydock – Face The Problem (e/w) and Steps (e/w) (3.15) and Beacon Lodge (e/w) (5.35)
Market Rasen – Kian’s Delight (2.10), Mahogany Blaze (e/w) and Idarah (e/w) (2.40)
Chester – Miss Cap Estel (4.40), Bank Bonus (5.15) and Green Park (e/w) (5.45)
Navan – Bat Masterson (3.35) and Donnas Palm (4.35)
(Featured Photograph – Marcus Tregonning String by Stuart Rice)
(Photograph – Kirsty Milczarek at Goodwood by Stuart Rice)