The 2020 Cambridgeshire Handicap takes place on Saturday 26 September over 9 furlongs. The race gives its name to Newmarket’s 3-day Cambridgeshire Meeting and 29 entries are set to go to post.
Horses drawn in stalls 21 or higher have won nine of the last 12 runnings of the Cambridgeshire Handicap and that’s too big a statistic to ignore with several fancied runners and an obvious front runner drawn in those stalls.
Majestic Dawn ran last year’s race and returns on a 5lb higher mark. He led for a long way last year from stall 20 but faded late on. First-time blinkers are an interesting addition, and he could reward each-way support from stall-25.
Lucander disappointed two runs ago at Newmarket, having been asked to race in the middle of the track, but he bounced back to win at York next time. He’s 4lb higher but dropping down a furlong in trip may be against him. Those comments also apply to Data Protection who has been winning over further.
Dubai Mirage was hit with a 10lb rise in the weights when winning at Haydock and, having been beaten off his new mark since, this looks even tougher. Tulfarris has been running creditable in class 3 events lately but may also struggle with this step-up in class.
Balgair has already won one Cambridgeshire this year, but that was the one for amateur riders and this is much tougher.
Tempus is vying for favouritism after two wins this season and he landed a big gamble last time. He’s only 4lb higher here but the runner-up that day had been beaten further on several occasions.
Bell Rock looks like he’s been targeted at this race this season and 9-furlongs on a straight course should be ideal for this son of Kingman. But he may have to settle for a place behind our selection.
Al Rufaa is our Cambridgeshire Handicap tip 2020. Trainer John Gosden has an excellent record in the race, winning four of the last 13 editions and the last two. This son of Kingman went into the notebook for this race when winning two handicaps at Newmarket over 7-furlongs earlier in the season and he’s forgiven his run on soft ground at Haydock last time. He should relish the step-up in trip and better ground and looks a solid each-way selection from stall-22.
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