Trainer William Haggas has a fighting chance of landing the Betfred Cambridgeshire today with Queensbury Rules
The Newmarket trainer will send out six of his best in this afternoon’s big handicap at HQ. His leading chance must be the three-year-old Queensbury Rules who will be partnered by Ryan Moore. Lightly weighted and showing clear ability Queensbury Rules looks attractive odds at around 14/1. To win he will have to knock out last year’s winner Bronze Angel from Marcus Tregoning’s yard who makes his seasonal reappearance today. Haggas’ other runners Danchai, Nine Realms, Graphic, Arsaadi and Fury are no slouches and all have claims. In what is a typically open race the outsider Tha’ir should not be ignored in any calculations.
The Guineas winner Sky Lantern will re-oppose Just The Judge and Elusive Kate this afternoon. The Group One Sun Chariot Stakes (3.10) will tell punters if this is one race too much after a long season or if the break from the Nassau Stakes to now has put her right. Hannon’s filly should relish the conditions but must improve on her Goodwood performance – a strong pace may be everything for her chances.
The exciting 2014 classic prospects Vorda and Berkshire will run in the Cheveley Park Stakes (2.35) and Royal Lodge Stakes (2.00). Paul Cole’s colt brimmed with potential at Royal Ascot and could be anything. Vorda looks to be the best filly in her generation given her second to the US trained No Nay Never last time out.
Crockford’s Dead Cert – Vorda (Newmarket 2.35)
Unbeaten before facing the monster of a horse that is No Nay Never in the Prix Mornay at Deauville last month, this filly appears head and shoulders above her female rivals. This Dead Cert will be a leading Classic contender next year.
Crockford’s Whisper – Spinatrix e/w (Ripon 3.45)
The mare loves the track and saves some of her best efforts for when she runs at Ripon. If she can get out and dominate expect a bold show at a good price from this sprinter.
Archer’s Selection – Berkshire (Newmarket 2.00)
Archer would have known how highly regarded this colt is by the Cole’s. So impressive at the Royal meeting, he could be anything. Against this field Archer would have made no other choice.
Crockford’s gambles on Cambridgeshire day:
Newmarket – Berkshire (2.00), Vorda (2.35), Sky Lantern and Just The Judge e/w (3.10), Bronze Angel e/w, Tha’ir e/w and Queensbury Rules e/w (Cambridgeshire 3.50) and Urban Dance (5.350
Market Rasen – Royal Irish Hussar (1.45), The Disengager and Dover’s Hill e/w (2.50) and Odin (3.50)
Haydock – Masamah e/w (3.30), Nassau Storm e/w (4.05) and Short Squeeze (5.50)
Ripon – Spinatrix e/w and Chooseday e/w (3.45)
Chester – Zain Eagle (3.05) and Alejandro e/w (4.50)
(Featured Photograph – William Haggas and reporters at Goodwood by Stuart Rice)