Newmarket Cambridgeshire Meeting Betting Tips - 26th to 28th September 2019

Horse and Jockey

Late September each year sees the headquarters of the British flat racing game play host to its last big meeting of the season. It’s all eyes on Newmarket, as the track lays on three days of action leading up to one of the biggest handicap contests of the autumn months.

It may be the historic Cambridgeshire Handicap which takes centre stage – and indeed lends its name to this meeting – but there’s also plenty of high-class action for racing fans to sink their teeth into. We have a total of 10 races at Listed level or above over the course of the three days, including a Group 1 double bill on the closing Saturday. All of this and we haven’t even mentioned the excellent beer festival which is held at the track over the course of the meeting!


About the Cambridgeshire Meeting

Newmarket Rowley Mile Course

Ask people for a list of things that they associated with Wimbledon and it won’t take long before someone mentions Pimms. Just as those two are intertwined, so too is there a link between horse racing and ale consumption. At the Cheltenham Festival that is mainly Guinness, but at Newmarket it is beer, which is why the Cambridgeshire Meeting runs alongside the Beer Festival that allows local brew makers to show off some of their fantastic offerings.

Not everyone is in it for the beer, of course, so it’s just as well that the Cambridgeshire Meeting promises some top-class racing. The meeting is spread across three days and offers racegoers seven different Group races during that time, with each day having its own jewell in the crown. The Beer Festival side of the event is never too far away, which allows for a much more informal and entertaining few days at the home of British horse racing.

Cambridgeshire Meeting Race List

Spread over three days, the Cambridgeshire Meeting sees some of the country’s finest horses gather at the home of the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas to try to win races on the Rowley Course as the flat season enters its final furlong.

The first day of the meeting is the quietest in terms of the Group races, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that there’s nothing worth watching as the day goes on. If you’re in attendance then you’ll want to combine your race watching with trying out some of the real ales and ciders on offer.

The Friday of the Cambridgeshire meeting sees the racing begin to heat up, thanks in no small part to three more Group races taking place during the course of the day. Get there early enough and you’ll also be able to watch the Shetland Pony Grand National Team Flat Race, which occurs before the first race of the day and is seriously competitive!

Whilst the name of Day Two of the Cambridgeshire Meeting is given to Shadwell who are a key sponsor, Day Three is named in honour of Juddmonte Farms. It is a day that bears witness to two of the nine Group 1 races that Newmarket plays host to during the flat racing season plus the Cambridgeshire Handicap itself, so it’s certainly going to pique most racegoers’ interest.

Below is a table with the full race list for the three days in 2019.

RacePrize MoneyAges
Day One
EBF Maiden Stakes £10,000 2 Year Old Colts & Geldings
First Call Nursery Handicap £18,000 2 Years Old
EBF Premier Fillies' Handicap £50,000 3 Year Old + Fillies & Mares
Somerville Tattersall Stakes £50,000 2 Year Old Colts & Geldings
Rose Bowl Stakes £40,000 3 Years Old +
Weatherbys TBA Handicap £20,000 3 Years Old +
Racing Welfare Handicap £14,000 3 Years Old +
Newmarket Challenge Whip £0 3 Years Old +
Day Two – Shadwell Day
EBF Rosemary Stakes £40,000 3 Year Old & Fillies & Mares
Princess Royal Muhaarar Stakes £60,000 3 Year Old + Fillies & Mares
Shadwell Rockfel Stakes £100,000 2 Year Old Fillies
Shadwell Joel Stakes £100,000 3 Years Old +
Irish EBF Maiden Stakes £10,000 2 Year Old Colts & Geldings
Godolphin Stakes £40,000 3 Years Old +
Shadwell Farm Handicap £50,000 3 Years Old +
Day Three – Juddmonte Day
Royal Lodge Stakes £125,000 2 Year Old Colts & Geldings
Cheveley Park Stakes £275,000 2 Year Old Fillies
Middle Park Stakes £275,000 2 Year Old Colts
Cambridgeshire Handicap £160,000 3 Years Old +
Maiden Fillies' Stakes £10,000 2 Year Old Fillies
Jersey Lily Fillies' Nursery Handicap £50,000 2 Year Old Fillies (EBF Eligible)
Handicap £20,000 3 Years Old +

The Key Cambridgeshire Meeting Races

The meeting promises a number of Group and Listed races, as well as a Heritage Handicap in the form of the Cambridgeshire Handicap. Here’s a look at each of the main races during the course of the meeting:

Somerville Tattersall Stakes

Named in honour of Edmund Somerville Tattersall, who was one of the senior partners of the Tattersalls bloodstock auctioneers, the race was open to horses of either gender and was classed as a Listed event when the current grading was introduced. It became a Group 3 offering in 2000 and horses that do well in it are often competitive in the Dewhurst Stakes and Racing Post Trophy.

The race is run on the straight over seven furlongs, with qualification open to colts and geldings that are two-years-old. The weight is nine stone, with Group 1 and Group 2 race winners receiving a penalty of five pounds, whilst Group 3 winners get a penalty of three pounds.

Princess Royal Stakes

This Group 3 race is run right-handed on on L over one mile and four furlongs, the Princess Royal Stakes is open to fillies and mares aged three and over. The following weight information applies:

  • 3-year-olds: 8 stone 10 pounds
  • 4-year-olds and over: 9 stone 3 pounds
  • Group 1 race winners receive a 7 pound penalty
  • Group 2 race winners receive a 5 pound penalty
  • Group 3 race winners receive a 3 pound penalty

The Princess Stakes was originally a title given to a Group 3 race run at Ascot, but that was renamed as the Pride Stakes in 2008 and moved to Newmarket whilst the Listed Harvest Stakes was given the new name of the Princess Stakes. The Pride Stakes then moved back to Ascot and was retitled as the British Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes, with the Princess Royal Stakes heading to Newmarket in exchange. The race was given Group 3 status in 2017.

Joel Stakes

Established as the Main Reef Stakes in 1987 in honour of the horse Main Reef that was owned by Jim Joel, it was initially limited to three-year olds and was run over one mile two furlongs. In 1989 it was opened to older horses and classes as a Listed race, being renamed in honour of Jim Joel in 1994, two years after his death. The race became a Group 3 offering in 2003 and then joined Group 2 in 2011.

Nowadays the Joel Stakes is for horses aged three and over and is run on the straight over a mile. The weight information sees 3-year-olds at nine stone and horses aged four and up at nine stone four pounds, with fillies and mares given a three pound allowance. Horses that have won Group 1 races get a five pound penalty, whilst Group 2 winners get a penalty of three pound.

Cambridgeshire Handicap

This Heritage Handicap is run on the straight over one mile and one furlong. It’s open to horses aged three and over and, because it’s a handicap, it doesn’t have any specific weight information attached to it. Instead the handicapper decides what each horse should carry during the course of the race according to their rating.

The race was first run in 1839, which was also the year that the Cesarewitch handicap was also run for the first time. The pair of races soon became known as the Autumn Double, with the Cesarewitch first and the Cambridgeshire following. That was eventually changed and now this race comes about a fortnight before the Cesarewitch.

Royal Lodge Stakes

Established at Ascot in 1946, the Royal Lodge Stakes is named in honour of the royal residence that can be found in Windsor Great Park. It was originally for horses of either gender and ran over five furlongs, being extended to a mile two years later and having the restriction to colts and geldings introduced in 1987. It was moved to Newmarket briefly in 2005 and then permanently in 2011.

Run on the straight over one mile, the race is limited to colts and geldings with a weight of nine stone. There’s a three pound penalty for horses that have won Group 1 and Group 2 races. The Royal Lodge Stakes is often part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge, giving winners automatic qualification into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.

Cheveley Park Stakes

Run over six furlongs on the straight, the Cheveley Park Stakes is a Group 1 race for two-year-old fillies with a weight of nine stone. It was created in 1899 and named after the estate of the same name that was bought by Harry McCalmont seven years earlier.

Horses that are successful in the Cheveley Park Stakes are often competitive in the 1,000 Guineas the following season, with Pretty Polly in 1903 to 1904 and Special Duty in 2009 to 2010 being two examples of horses that have won both. Sir Gordon Richards is the most successful jockey in the race, winning it nine times between 1928 and 1953.

Middle Park Stakes

Another Group 1 offering, the Middle Park Stakes is competed on the straight over six furlongs. It’s open to two-year-old colts with a weight of nine stone. Created by William Blenkiron in 1866, it is named in honour of his stud at Eltham. When it was first run it was open to horses of any gender and known as the Middle Park Plate, with the restriction to colts coming into effect in 1987.

In 2011 the race was moved to Future Champions Day, but four years later it was returned to be part of the Cambridgeshire Meeting in order to avoid a clash with the Dewhurst Stakes, which is similar in nature. It was part of the Breeders’ Cup in 2012, with winners getting automatic entry to the Juvenile Sprint Stakes, but it was removed when that race stopped being run.

Horses that do well often compete in the 2,000 Guineas, with Prince Charlie and Rodrigo de Triano being examples of winners of the following season’s race.

Rockfel Stakes

This Group 2 race is open to fillies aged two. It’s run over seven furlongs on the straight and the wright information is nine stone, with Group 1 and Group 2 race winners receiving a three pound penalty.

Named after the successful filly that won two of the Classics in 1938, it has been in existence since 1981. It was made a Listed race four years later, became a Group 3 race in 1986 and was promoted to Group 2 in 1998. Part of Champions Day at Newmarket until 2014, it’s part of the Breeders’ Cup and winners get automatic qualification to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.Horses that are competitive in the Rockfel Stakes are often put forward for the 1,000 Guineas the following season. At the time of writing, four fillies have been successful in both races, including Finsceal Beo who won this in 2006 and the 1,000 Guineas in 2007.